Tuesday, February 19, 2013

365 Inspirations—50: Early Spring Flowers

“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.”Buddha

We are having a very mild winter in Washington State. It's been in the 40s and 50s. We usually have somewhat mild winters, but this one is particularly mild. Today was a bright sunny day and it feels like spring outside. My husband and I decided to walk around Greenlake, which is about a three-mile walk. We do it often.

We have a huge Camellia tree in our front yard by our front door. It was planted long ago. I think it was the tradition back in the 40s and 50s in the Seattle area to plant certain kinds of trees and bushes when houses were built. Ours is a 1940s bungalow.

The Camellia tree was probably just a shrub when it was planted, but it's huge now. We don't normally start seeing blooms until very late in February or the first week in March, but I found that one little bud decided it was time to open. It made me happy.

We have a beautiful Buddha statue that sits under the tree. It's a nice greeting every time we come home from somewhere.

I noticed, on our walk around Greenlake, that other flowers like Daffodils and Crocuses have made their appearances, but aren't quite ready to bloom.

I think I'm ready for spring, even though we didn't really have much of a winter. I would have liked to have seen a little more snow on the lower levels, but I'll take the spring flowers!

Have you noticed any spring flowers coming up where you live? 

13 comments:

  1. I find that image adorable, along with the text;

    And such a peaceful buddha, to greet you and protect you.

    Not yet, at least over here :) **

    Blessed be <3

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  2. How lovely! We have a camellia tree (more of a shrub), too--I need to check it for blooms.

    I haven't seen any flowers yet. We've had a pretty mild winter, also, and I really wanted more snow. But now I've started to look forward to spring.

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  3. I haven't seen any yet here in KY. But I've been seeing pictures of them here in blogland so I know they're coming out in some areas :)

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    1. Yes, they are coming out here and there.....

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  4. No flowers as of yet, but we sure do look forward to them. It's good to meet you, Katherine! :)

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    1. Great to see you here David! I love new people who stop by and leave comments!!!

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  5. I live in Portland... we had the same winter you did! I bought your book Sunday, sat by my outside fountain in the 55 degree sunshine yesterday reading, and finished it today. When done, I smiled at all the bright yellow crocuses in my yard, and decided to look up your blog. Both the book and the blog are a perfectly timed and delightful read... I shall come here regularly from now on. Thank you for sharing your journey, and helping me appreciate my own so very much more now!!!

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment and to read my book!!!! It really means a lot to me. Yes, Portland and Seattle have very similar climates!! I'm glad you will stop by regularly!

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  6. There are flowers blooming in South Texas and the bees are buzzing around. I'm not sure of the names of all of the flowers, as this is my first winter/spring in this area. The Spanish Dagger Yucca's have big beautiful blooms which I have been told bloom during Lent and some of the people living in this area eat the blossoms.

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    1. The Yucca sounds lovely. I love the different types of plants there are in the Southwest. I'm very drawn to the flora and fauna in those parts!

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