Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Courtesy of Mother Nature

Today we have beautiful weather in Orlando. In the 70s and sunny which means its "open window weather" in our house.

As I cranked open the family room window I saw some color in my backyard - right outside the window, actually.





Camillias.




The bushes have been here since we moved in 22 years ago.  I didn't know what they were the first few years because they never bloomed.



Then, Mother Nature brought us a series of hurricanes that thinned out the woods behind us that shade our yard.  That winter the Camillia bushes went crazy with blooms. 

They just needed some sun to bring out their best just like we humans sometimes do.



I clipped a few for in the house and their color isn't as vibrant in the indoor light, but still beautiful.



I also put together a little bunch to take over to Orlando Grandma.  I know they will remind her of some very dear family friends who are no longer with us.  They had beautiful gardens and I can remember Mrs. Cobb bringing me some of her Camillias and Gardenias when I first became engaged to Mr. Tennis.   The beauty of those flowers and their fragrance were only outshone by this lady's spectacular personality.  She truly lived in the sunshine of life.

15 comments:

Orlando Grandma said...

1.000 Thanks for the lovely camilia arrangement you brought me today. . The flowers and your blog brought me great memories of my very special friends, Col. and Rechie Cobb. In their garden you could find a rainbow made up of camilias, they were yellow,red, white, varios shades of pink and even a lovely candy cane one, thaks again my dearest Boston Lady

Linda said...

OH those are pretty...it will be -14 here Friday...those camellias are a sight for sore eyes! I think I need to go buy some flowers for my table!

Doris Sturm said...
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Doris Sturm said...

Hasn't it felt more like Spring than Winter? I live in South GA, about 30 miles from the Florida border, and can't believe how warm it has been...I've not used the heat for about 2 weeks and keep my windows open all day long. I love fresh air!

Our Camellia shrubs are on the cusp of blooming. What a nice burst of color in the middle of winter!

Thanks for your lovely photos!

clustres said...

I stop by to visit sometimes just to see photos of your dogs. Love boston terriers!

Erika and Blair,xoxo said...

Wow those flowers are awfully pretty. Can you eat them? Ohh nevermind scratch that. Mom just told me that flowers are not for eating. Soo what can you do with them? Ugh Mom again, she says she wants some. What ever for?

Kritter Keeper said...

hi there! i just found you thru angela's blog in wv. love your furry babies! my tiger cat looks exactly like yours...love the grey hound under the covers, so very sweet! looking forward in your posts!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh I love camellia's! I am trying to get Mr. Decor to take me to see The King's Speech. Research ya know? :)

Mr. Connor said...

Great looking camilias ~ Mother Nature ~ is giving you a taste of what is ahead in the spring & summer ! Can't wait !

The Boston Lady said...

Okay, I was going to leave my shoddy spelling of Camillia up as a reminder to myself to spellcheck, but my control-freak nature wouldn't let me.... Ann

Chatty Crone said...

I am jealous - but in a good way - wish I saw some of them today - wait a minute - I did - thru you - so thanks for sharing them.

sandie

Cooper and Lola said...

we are hating the MN snow.. Lola and Cooper want to visit your warm weather. :)

DaCraftyLady said...

what beautiful colors....so so pretty...I agree flowers make the world brighter.. :) Debb

Angela said...

Oh, it is so nice to see some green and some beautiful colors instead of what I'm seeing at my house! Those flowers are just gorgeous! I don't think I've ever seen those before. They probably wouldn't make it through our cold Winter's here in West Virginia. Right now it is 10 degrees outside and it is supposed to get down to zero later tonight! Yikes! I have my outside dogs in. One in the garage and my old gal is in the house.

Have a Wonderful Weekend!
Angela

Olive Cooper said...

They are just so pretty. I always think of them as a winter gift. We have a pale pink one at the yellow house that is budding now. I have a bunch of daffodils popping up too! I wish it were 70 here! ♥O