Some Flowers For A January Morning

After all the rain we’ve had in Southern California, it’s nice to see a clear sky.  On days like this my mind turns to flowers and their natural beauty.  Flowers with their wonderful symmetries and forms never fail to inspire me.  Here are some photos of flowers from Southern Oregon and Southern California:

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“The Flowers That Bloom In The Spring”, Part 1: Southern California

Despite a lengthy drought, flowers appeared in their many enticing colors.  Our front entrance was covered with azaleas and outlined by roses.  The back saw the emergence of freesias and camellias.  Unfortunately, the hyacinths didn’t do well due to the arid soil and warm April temperatures.  However, we were pleased with the flowers that did bloom in the spring.  Below are some photos of the Spring flowers around our Southern California home:IMG_6317IMG_6322IMG_6325IMG_6326FW 32FW 34FW 35FW 7FW 15FW 18FW 19FW 22FW 29FW 30

Some Flowers For November

Soon most of the plants will have shed their leaves.  Autumn will have accomplished its purpose.  I offer the following photos as a testament to the beautiful season which has passed.  I have always loved flowers, and I hope the photos reflect it.FO 3FO 4FO 5FO 6FO 7FO 9FO 10FO 15FO11FO 1

Fruits Of The Garden

With the approach of autumn, the weather in Southern Oregon has cooled considerably.  Flowers that I thought were dead, have come to life with vibrant blooms.  Air quality is also a factor, since all the smoke from fires has dissipated.  I wasn’t able to landscape the front as I would have liked, but next spring I intend to plant some Carter’s blue giant delphinium next to the porch to add some color.  The following photos are some plants in full bloom. Plants 2*Plants 3Plants 4*Plants 6*Plants 7Plants 8Plants 9Plants 10Plants 1

It’s Spring And I’m Back In The Garden Again.

My apologies to the late Gene Autry, but I’m back in the garden again.  When it comes to flowers, Mrs. Medford has been a veritable treasure of information.  I hope my fledgling garden does some justice to the inspiration she has given me.  Mr. Medford, as usual, has helped me with necessary repairs.  I can’t thank him enough for all the time he has given me.  The following photos, however, do not come from my garden, but rather from other places I have visited.  I hope you enjoy them.FO12IMG_2354IMG_1920IMG_1202IMG_1205IMG_1207FW 1