Sunday, May 3, 2009

SundayStills - flowers

Some gardens just really know how to party
(hmmm, this looks way better if embiggened on your screen
so click away on all images)

I pass this house every day while at work
and finally stooped to take some photos in the early morning
creating a shadow of myself in the process

It's mostly tulips and daffodils that are out now, though I have seen some hyacinth and yesterday saw the beginnings of a purple iris.

Some flowers just don't know where to stop

Here we have a Sakura Cherry Blossom Tree grove that was donated to Burlington in 1997 from Itabashi Japan as part of our twinning.
It suddenly came into blossom last Thursday after all the rain.
Sakura is the name of the flower from the ornamental cherry tree. The cherry blossom is an omen of good fortune and is also an emblem of love, affection and represents spring. The cherry blossom symbolizes feminine beauty in China and in Japan cherry blossoms also symbolize clouds due to their nature of blooming en masse, besides being an enduring metaphor for the ephemeral and fleeting nature of life.
The transience of the blossoms, the extreme beauty and quick death, has often been associated with mortality. For this reason, cherry blossoms are richly symbolic, and have been utilized often in Japanese art, manga, anime and film.
source: Wikipedia

See SundayStills for more interesting flowers

54 comments:

  1. Thanks. These are lovely pictures. Enjoyed them.

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  2. My thoughts about the first pic was, wow this person planted a lot of bulbs!
    The sakura tree -how beautiful!

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  3. Hmmm, usually when someone gets so into flowers, they are feeling all spring fevery. Do you have your eye on someone?

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  4. Those daffodils and tulips are wonderful! My tulips never come up two years running, do the house owners replant some each autumn, or have you a special soil where you live that gives everlasting life to tulips? If so, I want some!

    I love cherry trees. Where we used to live we had a chalky soil and there were lots of wild cherries in the woods. They were beautiful, but for such a short time.

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  5. Beautiful colors!!! The cherry trees are awesome!

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  6. What a yard, that's a lot of tulips and daffodils! What comes in next?

    Kanmuri, an American in Japan, made a nice post about Hanami and sakura flowers and the ceremonial flower viewings.

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  7. So much beauty on view on a nice quiet Sunday! I wonder who lives in that house with that garden? Could you take a picture of it in the summertime to show us what sort of plants there are then? I am very curious about that. At one time, I was a bit of a gardener and I wished for my garden to look like this.

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  8. I would LOVE to have a front yard garden like that one. Lovely.

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  9. The cherry trees are beautiful, but I love the garden shots the best.

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  10. Awesome! I love the small cluster of flowers growing out of the tree trunk.

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  11. WOW @ the white cherry blossoms
    amazingly beautiful

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  12. I think blossom trees are so beautiful. Lovely photographs.

    CJ xx

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  13. Wow, your banner pic with the rows of flowers is eye popping. Love it! And the cherry blossoms are amazing. Great job!

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  14. OH, to have a spring garden like that one. All pics are great, but the cherry blossoms on the side of the tree is my fav.

    Sharon

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  15. I love that third shot - it seems so weird with the flowers blooming from the trunk - and the cherry blossoms are magnificent!

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  16. Wow, that's a crazy amount of bulbs hose folks planted! But beautiful.

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  17. Wow, what a great yard!!! My favorite gardens are the kind that look all wild and overgrown. Manicured is nice but a riot of flowers and colors is better.

    Mine's up over at my photo blog.

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  18. I sure would love some flowers like that around Here!

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  19. Beautiful blossoms...I was hoping someone captured those this time around! :) Great shots!

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  20. The Sakura cherries are amazing! Thanks for sharing :-) And I'd love to pass the flower house on my way to work.

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  21. Beautiful! Love the last photo!

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  22. Imagine how long it would take to plant those bulbs....

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  23. What a front yard! Absolutely riotous! I love the excitement of it!
    ...but I sure wouldn't want the work of making it happen!

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  24. Sanna, such gorgeous pictures! They make me want to sing! The cherry tree grove is wonderful!

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  25. Beautiful shots! I just love Spring time.

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  26. Simply amazing! I love spring.........if ever we get it here:(

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  27. LGS: you are welcome.

    Jeannette: it IS a lot of bulbs!

    geewits: um, no. but thanks for reminding me. my camera has become mynew best friend.

    Gilly: sorry about your tulips, that would be so disappointing. where I live has great garden soil.

    gttyp: yes, those blossoms are awesome.

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  28. Ruth: thanks for that link, I checked out her blog and will be back for more.

    Irene: I will go back to see what comes up next and will keep you posted, on here or Sightlines.

    Dibear: oh, but it looks so much work, especially in the beginning.

    Mari: the garden lasts longer, too.

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  29. CTG: I rather love that shot, too!

    MSW: they are amazingly beautiful, and blowing off the trees quickly.

    Crystal: thanks.

    Sherri: thanks - for both compliments.

    Sharon: thanks, that one is my fave, too

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  30. That's one heck of a lot of bulb planting! Makes my back ache just looking at the photos :)

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  31. Char: thanks, thanks, thanks, for your visits.

    J9: I guess maybe the branches got too full?

    Citizen: hopefully they aren't crazy. my guess is just retired.

    Flo: manicured is for golf courses, in my opinion.

    Wilmoth: and I would love the rolling hills of Kentucky to be closer to here.

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  32. Andrea: was I really the only one?

    crazysheeplady: unfortunately, most of the time is it still dark out, but sometimes I go back because, I just have to see...

    Kelly: it is lovely to walk under.

    Froggie: I cannot imagine. (too lazy)

    June: it does look an awful lot of work. must see if I can find them outside hard at it...

    Susan: sing? sing? I want to hear you sing of spring!

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  33. Annette: spring is a lovely time.

    Prairierunner: what is holding it up in Alta?

    Darling: mine too! thanks for visiting.

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  34. What a beautiful bunch of Tulips and Daffys..they must plant those every year! The line of Cherry trees is really a beautiful photo! :)

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  35. I love those cherry blossoms, we have pink cherry blossom trees lining our inner city park and when they are in bloom it is a sea of pink, very pretty! However for the heyfeverists amongst us it is something to enjoy with the car windows firmly UP!

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  36. OH!! Wow, I am loving your post! Fantastic party in that yard! And the bouquet on the tree trunk was very special! The Sakura...what memories, as we had several at the farm where I grew up...so gorgeous in the spring!

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  37. Wow! Both places are just beautiful!

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  38. Your photos are beautiful and what a joy to walk by the wonderful garden on a daily basis and especially to start you day off with all those bright smiling flowers.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Smiles

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  39. Beautiful photos! I love those Sakura Cherry Blossom. The last shot is A real treat to the eyes...
    Thanks for your support. :D

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  40. Fifty: the bulbs should come up every year.

    Amanda: allergic to cherry blossoms? how unfortunate.

    Allhoresestuff: oh, I like that a "bouquet" on the tree trunk!

    Patches: glad you came to visit them.

    Carolyn: that garden always makes me smile (especially knowing someone else is doing all that work)

    Wildback: thanks for visiting.

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  41. Hi Sanna, I just tagged you. Hope you don't mind playing!

    http://bearswampreflections.blogspot.com/2009/05/lets-play-tag.html

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  42. Those trees are beautiful! I would love to walk that path.

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  43. I love pretty on a monday morning.

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  44. Quinn: I was out again yesterday and the petals were floating around furiously, the path is quite white by now.

    Jazz: and you are back at work, with a pretty image to keep you going.

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  45. Beautiful photos, especially the unexpected shot of the flowers embedded in the tree truck.

    Maybe spring is here to stay for a while!

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  46. Barry: thanks for visiting. glad you like my pgotos, and yes, I think it is spring for awhile!

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  47. Beautiful photos! The picture of the walkway with the ornamental cherry tree blossoms is spectacular!

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  48. Gorgeous pictures...I guess they don't have to mow the lawn much!
    How do you get your photos to "embiggen" when clicked on? On my posts some of them do but most of them don't and I don't know why...I upload them through Blogger all the same...

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  49. Nice shots, I like the mix of colors. Good job nice to see you have something so close that looks that nice.

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  50. Gorgeous shots. This is the beauty of spring.

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  51. Strawberry: it is rather special, and full of people taking photos!

    Oliag: makes me wonder what their backyard is like?!

    RegularGuy: thanks. we have lots of great gardens around here.

    Tess: thanks, glad you came to visit.

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  52. My wife wants our yard to look like this. Fantastic.

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  53. Pete: Keep heading to that garden centre! This looks rather like ordered chaos.

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