Flowers, Flowers and More Flowers

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Autumn is the quilt of colors sewn together as the leaves fall.

Winter is a wonderland of white.

Summer simmers in greens and blues then flares into the fire of a sunset.

But Spring is flowers.

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My favorite are unashamedly iris. They don't last long. But when they bloom you know Winter is over and Spring is here.

First I get a splattering of the most common variety, but there are so many of them at once they become unique simply by their volume of color.

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After the first flood of deep blue iris have come and gone, the different varieties begin to bloom. They don't last very long either, but they are staggered in their arrival. In a good year, I'll have a display of different colors for weeks.

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A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

I have red, pink, orange and yellow, but I think the white ones are the prettiest in their simplicity.

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When the hydrangeas bloom you know Summer is only a sunrise or two away. Spring may be gone for another year along with the azaleas, but the blues and pinks of the "snowball" shrub help make the farewell easier to accept. And there's always the August crepe myrtles to look forward to.


Summer blossoms

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KerryAnita 3 years ago from Satellite Beach, Florida

Beautiful Pictures!


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Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

KerryAnita: Welcome to my hubs! This one was a spur of the moment inspiration. These pictures were all taken by me of my own garden. If I didn't love writing I'd be out there all day every day. So glad you enjoyed them. Hope the sun is shining where you are.


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christin53 3 years ago from UK

What beautiful flowers it makes me wish summer would hurry up and arrive.


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Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Poetry and photos. How have we not met before? Are you in one of those states where winter just won't go away? My iris are blooming here in Atlanta even in our almost freezing weather right now.


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grayghost 3 years ago

Yesterday we had a heavy snowfall here in the Shenandoah Valley and today my granddaughter was picking beautiful yellow Jonquils in the yard for her mama and grandma. I think it's coming!!

The photos are great.


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Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Grayghost: Jonquils. We call them that too. There's a garden in North Georgia that is the largest collection of daffodils/jonquils in the U.S. Y'all should make the trip! Thanks for the comments.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

Just looking at all the beautiful flowers makes me feel like spring is coming soon, Yea! I have the different colors of iris and roses. The harsh winter was really hard on my azaleas, one is broken in the middle, perhaps it will survive with care. Thank's for sharing, i really enjoyed....


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Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

always exploring: Last year I had three azaleas near my deck that had become so crowded I reluctantly decided to do something about it. After they bloomed, I dug up one and moved it. It hasn't fared too well. I dug up the second and just scooted it over a little. Then I drastically cut back the second and the third and took my chances. Those two have come back full and happy. Left alone, they all probably wouldn't have survived. Hope you do as well with your broken one.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

I love your garden. Iris is a favorite of mine they are so coloful and just beautiful. I wish I could grow some of the flowers you have but many won't make it through the winter here. Voted up


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Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Yeah, but you can have tulips from year to year and lilacs. God's fair!


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Very beautiful indeed! Spring has sprung and I wish it would here, and I live in the deep south, but it is still so very cold!

Lovely photos!

Voted up ++++ and sharing

God bless, Faith Reaper


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

Kathleen: Your flowers are stunning! What a beautiful garden variety you have. I love the irises the best - I didn't realize they came in so many different colors. Thank you for sharing this with us - spring is here officially but unofficially it is still winter and snowing here in Ohio. There is always hope!


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Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Ohio - bless your heart. If it is this cold in Atlanta then I can only imagine what you are putting up with right now. My blue iris are blooming right now even in the cold. The varieties come later at staggered times. Try some!


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Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

It's cold everywhere and everyone seems to be very tires of it. Wonder what we'll all be saying come August? Thanks for the comment and hope this hub brought you a little bit of warmth.


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teaches12345 3 years ago

Just the thing I needed to see tonight. It is perfect for bringing in the Spring and Easter celebrations. Lovely indeed!


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Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Glad to bring you a little sunshine, teaches! Happy Easter!


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Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

aminahchahine: Welcome to my hubs and glad you started with such a friendly one! Hope to read your comments on some more of them. Thanks


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

You are so right. Spring is flowers....love them bursting out all over. There is something special about each season and as it comes I seem to forget the one that just left. But for me even though I no longer live in the harsh climate that winter can bring, I revel in and welcome the bouquets that greet me in spring.

The photos are awesome....I could almost hear the bees buzzing...o, wait, there is one now!!! Have a lovely day. Sending Angels to you this morning :) ps Voted up and shared ++++


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Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

pstraubie48: Welcome to my hubs. Glad you found this one and I'll take all the Angels I can get - blessings.


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Cyndi10 3 years ago from Georgia

Hi Kathleen, great pics you included with this lovely walk through your iris garden. It's good to have Spring finally, although our days are a bit cooler than they normally are in the South, but it's not snow, like in some places.

You have inspired me to do something about the little spot of iris that I have neglected. Thanks. Have a fantastic week.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Beautiful hub! I love iris and have written a hub on them. My iris are just beginning to bloom here in southern Oklahoma. We have had a long winter and a very chilly spring, so far. I had my first iris bloom about 3 days ago. I have white, lavender, purple, purple/yellow and yellow. I do wish they would last longer. Your pictures are beautiful and I LOVE your iris beds! Voting this up and beautiful! :)


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IslandBites 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

So pretty.


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KrisL 3 years ago from S. Florida

Lovely photos of lovely flowers. Irises are a particular favorite of mine.


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Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

KrisL, IslandBites, sgbrown, Cindi10: Thanks for the feedback. So many flower lovers out there! Cindi10, compost, compost, compost. This is the first year I've made a real effort and my iris are taller and have more blooms per stalk than ever before.


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Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

My hydrangeas and day lilies are blooming now, so I had to add some more pictures. The rain the south is getting this summer is resulting in major blosoms - and lots of mushrooms! Anybody know if that's good or bad?


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Kathleen Cochran 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

For friends in places where Winter just won't give it up! A little touch of Spring!


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J - R - Fr13m9n 2 years ago from Morris County, New Jersey

FLOWERS: The beauty of Mother Nature's handiwork! Immediately as I look upon the photograph of the Lilies of the Valley, my serotonin levels have been heightened. My compliments to you Kathleen for providing such beauty!


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Kathleen Cochran 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Thanks J-R-Fr13m9n! I have to hear the story behind your handle! But so glad you enjoyed my blooms from last year. Just today I saw my first iris bloom and it was 29 degrees in Atlanta last night. I'm soooo ready for Spring!


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J - R - Fr13m9n 2 years ago from Morris County, New Jersey

Beautiful flowers can change my skies from grey to blue. I did enjoy the photographs. Happy Spring!


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Kathleen Cochran 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

To you as well. New Jersey is ready for Spring, I'm sure. My daughter in VA certainly is. Here in Georgia I've cut my green grass already and the daffodils are almost gone already, but I'm more than ready to get out of the 30s for good.


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phdast7 7 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Still so beautiful. I am off to the Presidential Inauguration. :)


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Kathleen Cochran 7 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Say hi to Obama for me. Wait. That was a while ago, wasn't it?

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