On Exploring Blooms

Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul. (Luther Burbank, botanist)

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable. (Joseph Addison, writer)

Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night. (Rainer Maria Rilke, poet)

The rose is without an explanation; She blooms, because She blooms. (Angelus Silesius, poet)

Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world. (Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet)

Love is like the wild rose-briar; Friendship like the holly tree. The holly is dark when the rose-briar blooms, but which will bloom most constantly? (Emily Bronte, novelist)

I draw flowers every day and send them to my friends so they get fresh blooms every morning. (David Hockney, artist)

It’s winter for us in the northern hemisphere. Those of us in the upper half experience cold and snow. This Explore is about the days to come … and a dose of spring for those who need it.

54 thoughts on “On Exploring Blooms

  1. Thanks, Frank! It looks like a cool Spring day here today, glad to be on this side of Winter, although we still have storms coming in!
    The video you posted was mesmerising. As I was watching, in my mind I was suddenly back years ago within long forgotten memories. There and here at the same time. Most definitely: Thanks, Frank!


  2. I was ready for Spring as soon as New Year’s Day passed by. At this point the hope is the snow will melt completely away before the scheduled arrival of Spring (and not schedule an encore performance in the interim) Some piles are as high as I’ve seen…we didn’t have anyplace to put the snow but on top of itself. Come on Spring!


  3. Flowers… beautiful friends to express the inexpressible…love, death, beauty. My favorite flower is the tulip….impossible to find, in Maine, in January. But thanks to the wonders of internet shopping, someone sent me a bunch of yellow tulips last week, for my birthday. They are smiling, and so am I, as we look out the window at mounds of snow.


  4. What a wonderful treat. Spring weather hear, today — 54 degrees! But still tons of snow. It is beautiful but I would really love to have spring very soon. Gotta get that groundhog going!


  5. Flowers are food for the soul, we get lost in their beauty and elegance. It’s natures way of healing the soothing the eyes. Wonderful post Frank ~ a little something to make your day, our daffodil bulbs are 4 inches high!!


  6. Absolutely beautiful, both the quotes and the video share. I always have flowers in the house, whether a big or small vase full I find they make me smile first thing in the morning or on my return from a long day.


    • Val,
      You are quite the eclectic person as I’m not surprised that your are a flowers person … then again, I wouldn’t have been surprised if you weren’t. Now I wonder if that makes any sense.


  7. Our winters may be mild here in California, Frank, but I still long for spring! I love the Emerson quote, “Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.” Flowers and blossoms are uplifting! Thanks for inciting some anticipation!


  8. Gorgeous – especially on this grey foggy turning to cold and rainy day.
    We saw monarch butterflies in the yard last weekend. Trying to shelter a few remaining flowers so they have something to eat. According to the old farmers’ predictions, if we can make it to mid Feb, our freezes may be over for this year


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