Inspirational Flowers of Early Spring

I can’t let the first month of spring get away without posting pictures of seasonal flowers that I was fortunate to have cutting rights to over the past couple of months.  Hands down, camellias rank next to hydrangeas and peonies as my favorite flower.  These marvelous specimens were photographed in the garden district at the home of  friends, Jennifer and Joe Steever.  Their camellias, many which are decades old,  were in their home’s original landscape plan designed by the first owner, and continue to be garden treasures.  I am not sure I have ever seen their trees so laden with blooms. I am forever thankful to them for so graciously opening their garden to me.

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The simplicity of vintage pink camellias could not be more beautiful throughout the home of a friend who help host a baby shower to welcome her first granddaughter.

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This unique vase, a gift from a friend, is the perfect container to display camellias.

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The illustrious blooms of Japanese Magnolia were a focal point of many garden areas in the late January and early February.

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IMG_7759IMG_7697The vibrant blooms of Chinese Loropetalum (pictured below) are also a great filler for floral design.

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The combination of Japanese Magnolia,  and camellias is stunning!  I used them for arrangements for Sunday morning worship services.

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My business partner and I incorporated Japanese Magnolia and pear blossoms along with purchased roses and White Stock  for supper club arrangements.

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Tulips and Narcissus always lift my spirits on gloomy winter days, and are a promise that spring is right around the corner.

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Every gardener knows that under the cloak of winter lies a miracle . . .a seed waiting to sprout, a bulb opening to the light, a bud straining to unfurl.  And the anticipation nurtures our dream.

– Barbara Winkler

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