Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Flower Girl

When people ask me what my favorite flower is, I have a hard time choosing just one. I love flowers. All kinds of flowers. My favorite to smell? Lilacs. My favorite to get in a bouquet? Gerbera daisies. My favorite to look at? Lilies. My favorite to pick? Peonies. But overall, I'd have to say the flowers that give me the most joy are spring flowers. When the first crocuses push up through the ground in late February, I heave a huge sigh of relief; spring is coming. And then my grape hyacinths and daffodil spears start peeking through. Next my hyacinths and tulips. And by the middle of April, most of it is in bloom. And I swear my body feels 20 pounds lighter and my heart is a hundred pounds lighter.

Here are a few of my favorites from my garden....


This frilly, double daffodil



My favorite tulip. It's so tall and elegant. I transplanted a bunch of these from a different part of my yard, but only this one comes up every year now. It has the prettiest shades of pink and salmon and orange.



Although their stringy leaves tend to take over the garden, the intense violet of these grape hyacinths really pops against the green. And they're among the first to come up, so they always make me happy.


These darling jonquils are white with pale pink centers instead of yellow. They're tiny and delicate and adorable. I love them.




This is a parrot tulip. The edges are all frilly and spiky. Short, but very interesting.


I call these my fried egg daffodils. The centers are so orange, just like egg yolks. They're also really frilly and ruffly and interesting to look at.




What about you? What are you favorite spring flowers?




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13 comments:

Kristina P. said...

Your flowers are beautiful! I also love tulips and gerber daisies.

SO said...

Those are all beautiful.

I think my favorite Spring flower is the Lilac. I know that it's really Spring when they start blooming and Oh! the smell. Heaven.

Melissa said...

Love lilacs and tulips. But from my Splenda? has to be roses

Chelsea said...

Your flowers are beautiful! Tulips are my favorites. I wish they would bloom all year round!

devri said...

I heart tulips and hibiscus!!

sorry for the spelling..

Shawn said...

I absolutely love your flowers!!

I like wisteria myself----love the smell and the look---so pretty.

Glad you got your package---I was a bit worried... :)
Hope you take a picture of them labeled and ready to go!!

Kristine said...

Those are so pretty! I really like mini-roses. But your flower garden inspires me to try new things!

rychelle said...

i'm a flower lover too!

unfortunately, we can't grow any of those gorgeous flowers in vegas.

Sara said...

I wish I had some beautiful flowers like that in my garden, I better get to work.

jennie w. said...

I have seen very few tulips down here. Bummer. i don't think it gets cold enough.

Tanja said...

absolutely gorgeous, my all time Spring flower is the tulip!

Christie said...

Your tulips are gorgeous. And I totally noticed the fat peony blossoms in your back yard, but I was too busy trying to break into your house to say anything. But they were lovely ;)

André said...

Are you looking for gardening work? Our house needs some color in the yard (other than red). We'd like some oleander and some good smelling stuff. Already have lavender and hibiscus.