Most people enjoy the beauty of flowers all year long, and I’m certainly one of them! The flowers of springtime, though? They’re my favorite, and I’m guessing many of you feel the same way. Probably because we’re more than ready for some color after the winter landscape, along with the promise of longer days and warmer temperatures. And, hopefully, some relaxed and lazy summer fun ahead as well!
This is a picture of one of my Korean lilacs, currently in bloom here in the Midwest US. They stay shrub-like, in comparison to many other lilacs that get tall and woody. They’re so pretty and, like all lilacs, smell wonderful! Any lilac lovers out there? Do you have a favorite variety?
These, I believe, are Snowdrops. The flowers look a lot like Lily of the Valley but are quite a big larger, with pretty little dabs of green at the flutes, and the plants grow in sizable clumps. If I’m wrong about the name, please tell me!
This spring is bittersweet for me. I lost my mother, a master gardener, just a few weeks ago. She had a long and good life but despite being at peace with her passing, I don’t need to tell you that I’m feeling a pretty big hole in my heart right now.
She loved springtime and was looking forward to its arrival. Here is a photo of her from a number of years ago with the first blooms of spring in her garden – Trilliums and Forget-Me-Nots. This section of her garden is a lot more fully grown and green these days, with more springtime plants – Jack-in-the-Pulpit and Solomon’s Seal – surrounding it.
And here’s a bouquet I just cut of the gorgeous tree peony she’s had for many years, and which was one of the few flowers my dad cared to notice, taking the massive blooms to his office for everyone to admire. He didn’t have much interest in flowers or gardening, but was always willing to dig holes for her – he liked to joke that she’d buy a $10 plant but expected a $50 hole :-)
In my upcoming June release, HER GREEK DOCTOR’S PROPOSAL, I only briefly mention flowers because it’s set in hot, arid, Delphi, Greece! The story features an archaeologist heroine and a doctor hero newly returned to his hometown. My family and I were blessed to enjoy a wonderful trip to Greece and Delphi last summer, and while there are flowers here and there that manage to thrive in the rocky soil and high temps, it’s the amazing mountains, dazzling gulf waters, and deep history there that are most impressive. I hope you enjoy the story. :-)
So, is there a special spring flower you love to see or grow? Or someone or something personally meaningful to you about springtime? I’d love to hear about it!