Friday, May 26, 2017

Five Flowers on Friday

Today I'm joining Carly and Tricky at Fast Blog for Five on Friday.
On May 22nd I posted about this child's board book of flowers that I recently got.  I love all the colorful illustrations so thought it would be fun to find real flowers to match.

Flower Number 1
Flower number 2:
I deadheaded my daisies and a few days later found two tiny little surprise blooms.
Flower number 3:
Buds and blooms on my balcony.
It's amazing how these two blooms are on the same plant and yet look so different.

Flower number 4:
Last year I had a red hibiscus that succumbed to the summer heat, so this winter we bought another one, in a different color.
It had an aphid problem several weeks ago but that's under control now.  One beautiful flower opened up this morning and many more buds are just waiting to bloom.

And finally, flower number 5:
I don't think there's anything on this planet that more trumpets life than the sunflower. For me that's because of the reason behind its name. Not because it looks like the sun but because it follows the sun. During the course of the day, the head tracks the journey of the sun across the sky. A satellite dish for sunshine. Wherever light is, no matter how weak, these flowers will find it. And that's such an admirable thing. And such a lesson in life.
Helen Mirren
Happy Friday!

32 comments:

Sam I Am...... said...

What a great idea to post about the book and then the real flowers. They are all beautiful and yes....look towards the light....always! Have a great weekend....it's Memorial Day weekend here so lots of tourists in town but thankfully, I live on a quiet street!

Betsy said...

That is amazing and I always enjoy your love of flowers. It makes nice eye candy for the rest of us! :-) Thank you so much!
Blessings,
Betsy

Crimson Kettle said...

What a great idea. I have only recently see the bougainvillia as we don't have them over here. Have a good weekend.

A Colorful World said...

Such a wonderful little book! And your flower photos to accompany the illustrations are also so wonderful! Lovely post!

Gracie Saylor said...

Thanks for this beautiful post, Tammy. You find wonderful quotes, and I am particularly smitten with the sunflower observation...new information to me! xx

Teresa Kasner said...

I enjoyed learning more about these flowers as they are some of my favorites. I would like to have some other colors of Hibiscus and would also love to try the Bougainvillea. I hope your flowers thrive this summer for you!! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Jean @sonotorganized.com said...

Loved seeing all the flowers. Sunflowers are some of my favorite flowers, so pretty!

Serena Lewis said...

What a fun idea to match the illustrations with the real flowers. Great selection!

I love that sunflowers follow the sun.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, Tammy. :)

Loretta Niessen said...

Dear Tammy,
I enjoyed reading your wonderful post! Thanks for visiting our Blog.
Have a nice weekend
Loretta

The History Anorak said...

What a gorgeous book! A lovely idea for a post.

Gattina said...

Beautiful flowers ! My Hibiscus plant got two flowers this morning ! Unfortunately they don't last very long but they are so beautiful !

a rich tapestry said...

I've enjoyed seeing the illustrations in the book together with the real flowers. It was interesting to see the small flowers in between the bracts of the bougainvillea in one of your photo mosaics. The observation that the cheery sunflower heads turn to the light is good to think about.

Jodiebodie said...

Your five flowers are very inspiring. I like the theme of taking the flowers from your book and finding examples of them. It makes me want to seek out some patterns to make crochet versions of each of your flower examples. That would be fun but I have so many other things to finish first!

Instead I will go and enjoy the flowers in my garden (my calendulas are all flowering prettily after recent rains) and keep your idea in the back of my mind for when I get the opportunity to start something new.

Thanks for a happy post to view. :-)

Helen Philipps said...

Such a beautiful post Tammy! I love the bright book illustrations and your photos of the flowers you found to match...such a cute idea. Happy weekend!
Helen xox

collettakay said...

My mother-in-law loved sunflowers! Thanks for the pictures :)

Colletta

Susan said...

Good job, Tammy! You found perfect matches. Susan

Createology said...

I love your flowers and how you have paired the book images with the real blooms. Sunflowers are amazing and they always make me smile. May your USA Memorial weekend be Thankful and Beautiful. <3

handmade by amalia said...

This is great, I love the way you've matched them.
Amalia
xo

Mrs Tiggywinkle said...

What a great idea for a post, Tammy, I really enjoyed it! I have a lovely blue hibiscus in my garden but it's nowhere near blooming, it's only just come into leaf and I'll have to wait until August for the flowers. They usually come out while I'm away on holiday so my neighbour gets to enjoy them more than I do, either that or it pours with rain and spoils the blooms. Sigh. x

Mereknits said...

Beautiful flowers Tammy. Hugs to you, M

facile et beau - Gusta said...

loveley flowers - especially the buganvilla

Gattina said...

Beautiful flowers ! My Hibiscus just got two !!

Quinn said...

Beautiful images! And I love the book, too. I have a children's book about trees that is in terrible shape - got wet and grimy at some point in its career - but every time I decide to discard it, I open it and turn a page or two, and then decide to keep it a while longer. It's been about ten years so far...

kathyinozarks said...

Hi Tammy-such a lovely post!! and I love the poem about sunflowers-so true.
thanks for dropping by-hugs Kathy

Angie said...

Tammy - what a great idea to match the flowers to the book! When we lived in Arizona, we had several Bougainvillea, and I really miss them. The colors were so vibrant and long-lasting!

Anitha said...

Lovely post! great idea to match flowers with the one in the book. My personal favorite is bougainvillea. Just looking at them in bunches is enough to make me happy!

Tanna said...

I love the sunflower best for the exact same reason!! blessings and hugs ~ tanna

D. L. Kissinger said...

This might be the cutest blog post EVER! Love the photos of your flowers.

I bought a pot of sunflowers for my porch last week. I won't lie. They weren't cheap. But, they bring a smile to my face every time I go out on the balcony. That is PRICELESS!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Tammy,
What a lovely and happy post this is!
Love the beautiful flowers you are growing; they are so rewarding for our good care.
Yes, sunflowers show us that we too should always look at the sun and leave the shade behind us.
Sending you hugs,
Mariette

Kit said...

I can't even imagine 115 degrees! I melt at 80. I love your flowers. Especially the daisys. I have started my planting for the year. It feels sooooo good. :) Kit

Angie said...

Tammy - your flowers are so exotic compared to what we have here! Bougainvillea, jasmine, hibiscus .... I also imagine that the jasmine smells divine. Have a blessed week!

Lotusblommans vardag said...

Hi Tammy!

Thank you for remembering me. It made me so happy to receive a
message from you while not blogging or visiting blogs at all for
many months.

I hope to start over very soon. Refreshed and renewed.

Now I see I have a lot of reading to do here. ;)
But I know it will be inspiring so it will be worth it.

Have a really nice weekend!

Sussie

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