Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Valentine's Day And Ash Wednesday

Hello Everyone!  What a special day this is when Ash Wednesday falls on the same date as Valentine's Day.  I can't remember that ever happening in the past.

My sweet Valentine was so special and thoughtful this year by sending roses several days in advance.  He said he wanted me to have the beautiful roses to enjoy during the days leading up to Valentine's Day and beyond.

Of course, I had to try to capture these beautiful flowers with my camera so they would last forever.

For Valentine's Day it is so nice to receive the traditional and beautiful 
red roses that symbolize love, beauty, courage and respect.

Roses truly are one of the most perfectly beautiful things on this earth and they smell heavenly too.

And, as you can see there were lovely white roses mixed in with the red.  The white roses symbolize true love, reverence, charm and are considered the traditional wedding flower.

What a special day this is where everywhere we see flowers, Cupid, hearts, chocolates, cards and love is in the air everyplace we go.

As I mentioned earlier and as we already know, this year Valentine's Day and Ash Wednesday are celebrated on the same day.

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent which lasts 40 days and ends with Easter Sunday.   On this day many different faiths go to church and receive ashes in the shape of a cross reminding us that we are dust, and to dust we shall return.

During Lent we often hear folks talk about fasting or what they will be giving up.  
The other day I came across the list seen below with these inspiring words ...

Wishing you a most wonderful and very Happy Valentine's Day 
and a special Ash Wednesday wherever you may be.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Pink Perfection Camellias

Hello Everyone!  It was a relatively warm day today with temperatures about 56 degrees with a gentle breeze blowing. Somehow Mother Nature was calling me to come outdoors even though it was very chilly.  So I bundled up, got my hat, rake and clippers and took off to try to clean out some of the climbing rose bushes out on the front fence.  I did not even think about my camera so can't show you the before and after.  But, they do look so much better.

Walking around outside in the yard after working in the roses I noticed several of the camellia bushes were blooming.  It seems hard to believe that with the extreme cold winter we have had here in the South this year that any of the camellia buds on the bushes could have survived.

Pink Perfection Camellia

These beautiful Pink Perfection flowers date back to the late 18th century.   The 
flowers have formal double, medium-sized flowers which are perfectly formed.  

These beautiful flowers were the most popular camellias in Victorian days.

My dear sweet little Mother always loved this beautiful and perfect camellia.   Many years ago when we lost my dear Mother I wanted to plant a lovely camellia bush in her memory.  As I was walking around  outside today, I noticed the bush we had planted in her memory had begun to bloom and there were many buds on the tree.

With all the buds I saw on the bush today these lovely flowers should continue to bloom for another couple of weeks.

For you, my dear sweet Mother,  with all our love! 💞... We will never forget you! ❤️