Spring Flower Pictures from a North Carolina Garden

Purple Iris

One of the showiest flowers of spring, my purple iris bloom in the garden and along a brick wall.
One of the showiest flowers of spring, my purple iris bloom in the garden and along a brick wall. | Source

My North Carolina Spring Flowers

My North Carolina garden is somewhat haphazard, a rather disorganized assembly of pretty flowers planted for their shapes, fragrance and colors. A bonus has turned out to be their ability to attract butterflies and birds. Despite the disarray, I love to look at each flower close up to appreciate the textures and vivid contrasts it brings to my garden.

Free Plants For My Garden

One reason for the haphazard mixture of plants is that almost every plant was free! Unlike those who haunt garden catalogs and nurseries, I am more likely to beg, borrow or steal (well, not really...) plants, seeds and cuttings from friends and neighbors when they are thinning or dividing their plants. Most of the photographs in this hub are of plants that I've grown from seedlings, cuttings or freebies given to me by friends.

When my sister-in-law thinned out some of her iris, she gave me a box of rhizomes to take home. Somehow, the purple and yellow iris roots got mixed, so we didn't know until they bloomed what color the flowers would be. Three years after planting the roots, there are beautiful clusters of purple and yellow iris blooming along the garden walls. Although iris blooms are short-lived, the profusion of plants is enough to provide a steady stream of cut flowers for my table.


Groups of Purple Iris Along the Wall

Clusters of iris dot sunny as well as shady areas providing me with a steady supply of cut flowers for my table.
Clusters of iris dot sunny as well as shady areas providing me with a steady supply of cut flowers for my table. | Source

Yellow Iris

The bug in this blossom adds an interesting touch to a close-up of my yellow iris.
The bug in this blossom adds an interesting touch to a close-up of my yellow iris. | Source
Yellow and purple iris are old fashioned looking, but perfect against a brick backdrop.
Yellow and purple iris are old fashioned looking, but perfect against a brick backdrop. | Source
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Wisteria - A Blooming Surprise!

My husband fishes in a public spot along Currituck Sound and noticed wisteria rambling along the ground through the brush and grasses nearby. Early one spring he brought back a few cuttings which we rooted easily by just sticking them in the ground. They thrived in their new location, and it wasn't long before I had two sturdy wisteria bushes that seemed ready to overtake the world. It was only by pruning and training that we have been able to keep the wisteria confined to it's planned location.

The Wisteria Was a Surprise This Year!

Last summer, the plant was out of control, sending runners in every direction, creeping into the lawn and attempting to overtake the nearby Rose of Sharon. It never bloomed, and in a ruthless move, I pruned off all the runners and cut back the top to about 30 inches high. Lo and behold, in March it sent out buds in every direction and bloomed in a cascade of lavender clusters.

Wisteria

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My Beginning Herb Garden Blooms Early

There is the beginning of an herb garden near my back door where I've planted some perennial herbs. The sage and marjoram have taken well and grown into each other to make a beautiful bouquet of herbs.

Sage and Marjoram

Sage and marjoram make an herbal blend near my kitchen door.
Sage and marjoram make an herbal blend near my kitchen door. | Source

Pink Azaleas and Beautiful Butterflies

From my kitchen window, I can see the pansy beds on the inside of the patio wall as well as many of the other flowers on the other side of the low wall. One of my special pleasures is to see the azaleas and roses in bloom.

The white and bright pink azaleas and many other azalea bushes around our house were grown from small seedlings that we found among my son's overgrown azalea collection. These azaleas have bloomed for weeks this year as the spring fluctuates from cool to warm to cool. On warm days, the swallowtail butterflies have swarmed around the bush, their black and yellow wings a beautiful contrast to the brilliant pink blossoms in the sun. Occasionally, a ruby throated hummingbird will lite in one of the branches to rest before sipping from the nearby feeder.

Pansies on the Patio Bloom Most of the Winter

Pansies on the patio are visible from our breakfast table and bloom early. Now they've filled out to make a cheerful border with their smiling faces.
Pansies on the patio are visible from our breakfast table and bloom early. Now they've filled out to make a cheerful border with their smiling faces. | Source

Swallowtail Butterfly on Azalea

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Even when the flowers are past their prime, the fallen blossoms make a carpet of pink.
Even when the flowers are past their prime, the fallen blossoms make a carpet of pink. | Source
Bumble bees as well as butterflies love to visit the azaleas.
Bumble bees as well as butterflies love to visit the azaleas. | Source

My Garden Visitor

This little lizard comes out to sun himself in the flower beds or on the patio wall. Recently, I've seen more than one, so there might be a family of lizards making their home in my garden. So far, Gemini (my cat) hasn't noticed them, or they would be prey for sure!

My Garden Lizard

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Camellias Bloom Late Fall Until Late Winter

There was one beautifully established camellia bush growing near our house when we bought it, and most years we miss its bloom as we travel in the winter. This year, we were fortunate enough to be home in February when the bush burst into hundreds of dark pink blooms. Coming from the northeast where winter blooming flowers are nonexistent, camellias blooming in the winter months fascinate me.

Camellias Put on a Blooming Show in February

These camellias bloom in February, making a beautiful bright spot on the corner of our house.
These camellias bloom in February, making a beautiful bright spot on the corner of our house. | Source
Camellia bush covered in blossoms.
Camellia bush covered in blossoms. | Source

Yellow Roses Blooming in April

A small yellow rose bush lives in a sunny, protected spot with a southern exposure and decided to bloom in early April. I love the yellow color against the red brick background. Though I don't know the variety of these roses, they have a strong rose scent that is perfectly delightful.


Yellow Roses

Yellow roses near the brick wall. A reader has identified this rose as a Graham Thomas English Rose.
Yellow roses near the brick wall. A reader has identified this rose as a Graham Thomas English Rose. | Source

Calla Lilies Are Another Gift

Calla lily bulbs were another gift from a friend who was dividing her plants, and I was fortunate to be given a few large bulbs that have multiplied in my garden. Calla lilies are so perfectly formed and such a pure white, it's easy to see why they are a favorite in bridal bouquets. These started blooming in mid-April but they've been known to bloom on and off until fall.

Elegant Calla Lilies

A white calla lily is a most perfect flower. It's understandable why it is a favorite of brides.
A white calla lily is a most perfect flower. It's understandable why it is a favorite of brides. | Source
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Daffodils Pop up Unexpectedly

These double daffodils were an unexpected pleasure as they seemed to pop up overnight and bloom. The double blossoms are quite a change from the more common yellow single daffodils that bloom in my front flower beds.

Daffodils

Double daffodils bloom shyly against the wall almost overshadowed by the brilliant azaleas.
Double daffodils bloom shyly against the wall almost overshadowed by the brilliant azaleas. | Source
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Spring Rain Enhances the Beauty of the Flowers

The vibrant colors of spring are even fresher after a rain. Roses after a rain sparkle as they catch the light in the droplets of water. These are my favorite flower photographs because they seem to capture the dewy newness of everything that spring represents.

Roses

Roses after the rain.
Roses after the rain. | Source
Even Mr. Bluebird enjoys a fine spring day and a view of my flower gardens.
Even Mr. Bluebird enjoys a fine spring day and a view of my flower gardens. | Source

Hope You've Enjoyed My Spring Flower Pictures

As you can see, I do love flowers and enjoy every blossom as it comes into being. I love to have cut flowers from my garden in the house, and even use them to decorate cakes! One of the joys of photography is that it preserves some of the most interesting and beautiful flowers forever.

I do hope you’ve enjoyed this tour of spring flowers from my North Carolina garden as much as I've enjoyed putting it together.

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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Your flowers are beautiful and pictures are so nice. Love them. Voted Up.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Thank you Moonlake! I don't know how you got here so fast, but I appreciate your comments and votes!


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Organicpixie 4 years ago from London

The pictures are so pretty. Love the butterflys.


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Nettlemere 4 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

Wow, absolutely stunning and I love the fact that you get all your plants free. The butterfly on the azalea - both pictures of it are extra fabulous and I've never seen an iris quite like that one you have. We get bearded irises in the UK which are a bit similar, but yours is quite extreme! And I can near enough smell your lovely raindropped roses.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Thank you, Organicpixie! I'm glad you enjoyed the flower photographs and the butterflies!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Hello Nettlemere,

Both the purple and the yellow iris I have photographed are actually quite common here, and are not especially large compared to some of the beautiful hybrids that are available -- but I think they still have very elegant characteristics. Thank you so much for your kind comments! Glad you enjoyed the photographs!


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Beautiful spring blooms! Aren't iris amazing?! And wisteria--your tale is fabulous. I have a white that I'm trying to train into a small tree, but our purple is going to hid the house if we don't cut it back. Do I have your courage??? :)


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

Beautiful flower pictures, Stephanie, only put in the shade somewhat by your own lovely smile.

Bob


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

RTalloni - I didn't realize that wisteria could overtake the neighborhood when we planted it. Now I feel obligated to keep it under control and try to keep it pruned to a tree shape. Because it will root so easily, we take the cuttings and burn them or take them to recycling. Thanks so much for stopping in...and good luck with your garden!


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sallieannluvslife 4 years ago from Eastern Shore

Ohhh! As soon as I saw the title of your new hub, I knew it was going to be another good one!! What a beautiful little heaven on earth you have with your flowers! The Iris'...oh my...astounding....and the calla lilies...what a perfectly stunning flower! That is the coolest thing that you did not purchase any of them! The cuttings and bulbs given to me are always my favorites...my Mom just gave me a baby from her apostle plant(walking iris) and I keep counting the leaves as it grows until it reaches 12 and then will flower - it's up to 5! Thanks for sharing your beautiful flowers with us.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Sallieannluvslife,

I do love flowers, but I'm afraid I don't do as much of the real gardening work as I used to. Luckily, my husband always helps when I have a new idea or a new plant to plant.

I don't know what a walking iris is, but it sounds interesting and it's lovely to have a growing plant that came from your Mom. One of the things about getting cuttings from people you love - you always have a beautiful reminder!

Thank you so much for your very kind and enthusiastic comments!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Hi Bob,

Awww...that's very sweet! Glad to see you survived your birthday weekend with no ill effects!


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Golfgal 4 years ago from McKinney, Texas

Awesome view Stephanie, thanks for sharing your blooms and wildlife. I loved it. Spring is my favorite season. I love to walkabout every morning looking to see what happened overnight.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

NC flowers! I am sure other places have beautiful ones too but NC's seem to be so plentiful and last so long. I have got to get my yellow Calla Lily flowers up soon to show off and Camillas are just at the top of my list! You have some real beauties.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

These flowers take my breath away! As a fellow flower lover and gardener, I was astounded by the beauty of these. I live in S. Fl. and most of these flowers don't grow here except for the rose. I just did a Hub on my Cattleya orchid that is in full bloom, and my camera couldn't capture the orchid to my satisfaction. What kind of camera do you use? You get such clear shots. When you have some time, check out my orchid. When I first saw your avatar, I knew I'd like you! Goodnight.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Beautiful photos. I especially loved the roses after the rain.

Fabulous


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MonetteforJack 4 years ago from Tuckerton, NJ

Ms. Stephanie, I enjoyed reading your hub and looking at the photographs :)


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Golfgal - Spring is absolutely the best season in NC. This year it started early and the flowers have been fantastic. Walking around each morning to check out your plants and flowers is a wonderful way to start the day! Thanks so much for stopping by to view my spring flower pictures and to comment!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Jackie Lynnley - This year in particular, the flowers seem to be lasting a long time. Coming from the northeast, I have enjoyed the long, beautiful spring of this area. Ohhh...I'd love to see your yellow calla lilies. They sound so pretty! Thanks for the read and for commenting!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Mary615 - I imagine that in South Florida you have a whole selection of tropical plants to choose from even if you can't grow some of the flowers we grow in NC. Growing orchids sounds like a wonderful hobby! I have a Nikon Coolpix P80...it's not a professional grade camera, but I can get some good pictures with it. A tripod helps eliminate camera shake, though I don't always like to bother with one. Once you have a clear picture, you can always crop it and blow it up on your computer to get a closer look. I did take a look at your orchid - it's lovely!

Thanks for stopping by to view my hub and thanks for your very nice comments!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Rosemary50 - The roses with raindrops are my favorite photographs, too. I do love the freshness of the flowers and trees after a spring rain!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

MonetteforJack - I'm so glad you enjoyed my hub on spring flowers in my North Carolina garden! Thanks so much for your comment!


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

Wow....this was beautiful hub and full with the color of beautiful flowers. I really enjoy all stunning pictures. Thanks for writing and you make my day so colorful only watch the pictures. Good job and voted up!

Blessing,


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Prasetio30 - I'm so glad you enjoyed my spring flower pictures! Flowers do bring so much color and beauty to our lives - it's very rewarding to be able to capture some of that in photographs. Thank you for visiting and for your votes!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Gorgeous flowers and photos, Stephanie!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi Stephanie all your flowers are so colorful and so beautiful, love all the photos ever the little garden lizard .

Vote up and more !!!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Thank you so much for sharing your lovely garden on HubPages where we can all admire the beauty that you captured in these stunning close-ups! The yellow iris close-up with the bug in the center of it literally took my breath away!

I think it's great that you've grown most plants from clippings, seeds and plants given to you by friends/relatives. In these tough economic times getting plants from others is a win-win situation and an excellent free way to share joy with others.

Voted up across the board except for funny.


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ChristineMargaret 4 years ago from Rapid City, SD

Here in S.D. we just have a few spring bulbs blooming,

thus this was so enjoyable for me. Very good flower pictures, and it makes me want to try to paint some.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Randomcreative -Thanks so much! I glad you enjoyed the spring flower pictures!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Kashmir56 - I enjoyed watching the lizard who is living near my flower gardens, and I was so pleased that he stayed around long enough for me to snap a few pictures while I was photographing my spring flowers. Thanks so much for your comments and vote!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Happyboomernurse - I do love the economy of starting my own plants and getting bulbs and seedlings from friends, but I also love having plants in my garden that remind me of their donor each time I see them.

Thanks so much for your very kind comments on my flower pictures!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

ChristineMargaret - I know that spring comes a lot later to the northern states, but it won't be long now, will it? Glad you enjoyed my flower pictures. I know how you feel - beautiful spring flowers always inspire me to get out my art supplies!


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ChristineMargaret 4 years ago from Rapid City, SD

Your camera must be a very good camera, too. I can never get that kind of definition and clarity. Do mind if I ask what it is?


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

ChristineMargaret - I have a Nikon Coolpix P80 with an 18X zoom. I'd love to have an SLR...that will be my next upgrade. I do some touch up and cropping on the computer before posting, and sometimes that makes all the difference.


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ChristineMargaret 4 years ago from Rapid City, SD

Interesting to know.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Stephanie, thank you for this wonderful treat - your garden is fabulous!

I love the double daffs and the wisteria especially, I didn't realise wisteria would root so easily!

Voting up/awesome

Best wishes Lesley


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Hi Lesley,

I never realized how easily wisteria would root and spread until I started growing it. Now I have to keep careful track of the runners so that they don't overtake other plants! But I do love the blooms! Thanks for stopping by for a virtual walk in my garden! :)


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Lilleyth 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

Lovely photos Stephanie, enjoyed this hub very much. I used to have that pink azalea, can't recall the name for the life of me. I used to live in Raleigh in the 80's.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Lilleyth - I don't know the names of the different varieties of azaleas, either, but they are spectacular. Thanks for stopping by to visit my spring flower pictures!


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Carmen H 4 years ago

Such breathtaking blooms! You indeed have a wonderful garden to delightfully ramble in. I too love the picture of the yellow roses with the red brick background. Your effort with your garden is truly rewarded with these amazing beauties.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Carmen H - I love to see the spring flowers blooming, and the yellow roses are special favorites because they have such a wonderful scent. The blossoms are fleeting, so it's especially rewarding to capture them on camera. Thanks so much for visiting my North Carolina Garden! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.


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SanneL 4 years ago from Sweden

What a delightful hub Stephanie! Your garden is just like a colorful painting. So much beauty. Your love for flowers shows, and I'm so happy you shared your garden with the rest of us. Staying at the moment in a hospital and probably for quite some time, I especially enjoyed this virtual walk in your garden, bringing so many colorful and beautiful flowers in to my hospital room.

Voted up, beautiful, awesome and sharing.


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Natashalh 4 years ago from Hawaii

What beautiful flowers! It isn't haphazard - it is a picturesque, romantic garden. Informal and arranged to look pretty and natural! (So...a fancy horticultural term for what you said...) voted beautiful!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Dear SanneL - I do believe that flowers have a positive effect on our moods. It pleases me so much that my flower photographs brightened up your day a little, and that you enjoyed a virtual walk through my garden. I wish that I could send you some of the real flowers, but in their place, I wish you well and hope you'll enjoy other of the virtual garden tours here on hubpages.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Natashalh - Thank you for your kind comments! My garden is very informal, with a mixture of colors and flowers that I love. I feel pleased that you call it picturesque and romantic! :) Thanks for your visit and your comments!


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molometer 4 years ago

Great close up photo's of your beautiful flowers Stephanie. The detail is stunning.

Voted up and 4/5 buttons.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Thank you, Molometer! I get a lot of pleasure from my flower gardens, and it's nice to know that others also enjoy my photographs! Thanks for stopping by to comment and vote!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Beautiful flowers - the photos are awesome! I bet your garden is gorgeous and so fragrant...I have roses that are blooming and a white Hydrangea that is looking good (hope I spelled that right:) everything in the midwest is green or blooming!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

RealHousewife - White Hyrangeas and roses - both are so beautiful! I do love this time of year! Thanks so much for coming on a virtual tour of my spring flower garden! Enjoy your spring!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

These are just stunning. I think we are fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful states in the country. Every part of NC (almost) has a unique landscape and beauty. Your photos are stunning!


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

How beautiful! My mother had Iris that were off-springs from her great-great grandmother. Now I have them. They are such treasures. The Wisteria is one of my favorites, too. Beautiful pictures! Spring is here. :-) Votes and shares!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Hi Tammyswallow,

One of the things I love about living here is that it's so easy to grow a profusion of flowers! I'm so glad you enjoyed my spring flower pictures! Thanks for joining me for a virtual tour of my flower garden and for your kind comments!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Beautiful hub! I love all your flowers. I too like to take close up pics of my iris', they are just so pretty. You have so many beautiful flowers. I noticed some hostas in the background too! We had a terrible problem with cut worms this year and my hostas are pretty much gone, so I am a little jealous there. :) Beautiful hub, voted up and....beautiful! :)


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Sholland10 - I just love having flowers from friends and relatives that continue to grow and bloom and multiply! How lucky you are to have iris that are descendents from your great-great grandmother! Thanks so much for your comment and share!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

sgbrown - Iris are so photogenic that it's hard to resist taking pictures of each bloom! Yes, I do have quite a few hostas. There was one huge plant when we moved here, and I divided it into many plants that outline my front porch. I hope yours will recover! Thanks so much for your comments and votes!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Stephanie,

I loved getting to take a look at some of the beautiful things that bloom in your garden. That camellia bush is huge! We have all of the same flowers here in Houston with the exception of the iris which are mostly a different kind called Louisianna Iris.

I love the kind that you have because mine came from my grandmother when my husband and I lived up in Wisconsin for 4 years. She also gave me tulips which spread like crazy. We gave many of the iris and tulips to our neighbors before we moved back to Houston.

Also enjoyed your photography. Up votes and SHARED.


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Gorgeous! Iris are my favorite flower..so beautiful. My mother and grandmother always had lovely iris beds with unique and rare varieties. Very hearty bulbs; they seem to be able to withstand so much.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Hi Peggy,

This is the best time of year for my flower gardens as all of my favorite things are in bloom. I was so pleased to see the camellia bush in bloom this year. There were hundreds of flowers on it that provided many nice cut flower arrangement during a time when not much else was in bloom.

As a transplanted New Yorker, I'm still learning about gardening in North Carolina. It's fun to be able to grow things that we couldn't grow farther north.

Thanks so much for your comments, and thanks for the share!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Lucky Cats - Iris are such a beautiful, showy, old fashioned flower that are generally easy to grow. It's no wonder that so many people love them! Your mother's and grandmother's iris beds must have been exquisite with so many unique varieties! Thanks for stopping in to comment!


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lzlpio90 4 years ago

What a lovely flowers you have in there in your garden! I do wish they all grow in tropical countries too especially the iris. I loved how this flower actually look like, big and splendid!

very nice and beautiful hub!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Lzipio90 - The iris is a splendid flower and comes in a rainbow of beautiful colors. I do enjoy having them in my garden! I'm so glad you enjoyed my spring flower pictures from my garden. Thanks for your comments!


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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Hi Stephanie, what a gorgeous hub this is. I love flowers very much---yellow is one of my absolute favorite colors ever!... I wasn't too familiar with the iris before. Thanks for the intro....

Enjoy your day - voted beautiful

John


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

John Sarkis - Well, thank you for the complement, John! I'm so glad you enjoyed the flowers in this hub. I love yellow flowers, too, and the yellow roses I pictured are some of my favorites because they have a beautiful scent. Thanks for coming by to view my hub and for your comment!


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Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

Hi, Stephanie - what beautiful photos, especially the rose after the rain! My iris has bloomed early this year. I have some huge, pink iris that usually blooms on or around Mother's Day, but they've been about 2 weeks early.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Dolores Monet - The rose after the rain is one of my very favorite photos - I'm glad you like it, too! Your pink iris sound wonderful! I love all the different colored iris and have noticed that they even have slightly different scents. They are a striking and photogenic flower. Thanks for visiting my virtual flower garden!


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

I love this! Beautiful NC flowers!! I have LOTS of yellow irises, native daylilies, azaleas, herbs (and blooming sage) in my garden. It's like taking a walk in my backyard. Beautiful pictures!!


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

You take some beautiful picture tht should be published in magzines! I especially liked "The bug in this blossom". Lovely! Voted up!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

cclitgirl - I love to see flowers blooming. I'm with you, it makes taking a walk in the backyard so enjoyable! Thanks for your complements and comments!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Iamaudraleigh - Thanks so much for your very kinds comments! It does make me happy when people enjoy my photographs! :)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

You are truly a Jill of all Trades! I always enjoy your hubs because you never know what surprise will be next. Beautiful flowers, photos and hub!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Thank you Linda! It's always great to see your sunny smile and lovely comments gracing my hubs!


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europewalker 4 years ago

Gorgeous photos! Love the pansies and that butterfly is stunning.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

europewalker - I'm so glad you enjoyed the spring flower photographs from my garden! The butterfly is one of my favorites, too. It's always a delight to be able to capture butterflies as they can flit away so quickly.


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grandmapearl 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

Gorgeous flowers. I love your iris especially. My husband wants to move from upstate New York to North Carolina in the future. Now that I've seen what you can grow there, I think maybe I'll stop resisting! Lovely Hub, thanks so much for sharing your garden with me. Voted Up and everything. Also shared.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Grandmapearl - Iris do surprisingly well here, though I did have many more varieties in New York state when we lived there. One advantage to gardening in North Carolina is that the season is so long. I think you'd love seeing blooms in late winter and late fall as well as spring and summer. Thanks for the comments, votes and share!


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grandmapearl 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

Hi Stephanie, I'm glad to meet a transplanted New Yorker! One thing I wouldn't miss is the snow and the ice. It would indeed be great to continue to see flowers almost year round. My one big worry is the bad storms. Have you experienced anything worse than what we have here in New York in the summertime?


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Grandmapearl - We haven't been here during a hurricane yet. We were away for the summer when Irene hit, but we have had some fierce tropical storms with high winds and rain. I think the main thing is to watch the weather closely when a storm is predicted and be prepared --much like we dealt with blizzards in New York!


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grandmapearl 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

Thank you Stephanie. I appreciate the weather information. I guess if we can deal with the blizzards, we can take on the tropical storms as well!


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

Hello Stephanie, wonderful collection. I especially loved the azalea with the butterfly. Voted beautiful.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Cyndi10 - It seems that the spring flowers were especially beautiful this year and lasted longer than usual because of the good weather. Butterflies are also favorites of mine - glad you enjoyed mine! Thanks for visiting and commenting!


jsetch 4 years ago

Hi Stephanie, What wonderful photo's of such beautiful flowers. I love wisteria and had no idea it is pretty invasive--just the beauty though, and the smell is worth keeping it trimmed and in check. Love your calla lilies and the roses are gorgeous. We have camellias, too, a couple different varieties and I love to see the beautiful blooms during a time when it is usually still cold and devoid of color. I enjoyed your photo's and narrative and thank you for sharing them with us.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Hi Joanne, Thanks for visiting my hub and for your lovely comments! I do enjoy the many different flowers that I can grow here in North Carolina, and spring seems like the best time to enjoy them before the heat takes the fun out of working outdoors. Some of these pictures may serve as inspiration for paintings in the near future!


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thoughtfulgirl2 4 years ago from East Coast

Hi Stephanie,

Lovely hub; my garden is also a mixture of what I have collected along the way. The yellow rose you have in your garden is a Graham Thomas English rose, a wonderful find for you. Your photographs are beautiful, especially of the iris and elegant calla lily, one of my very favorite. Voted up:)


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Thoughtfulgirl2 - Thanks so much for identifying my yellow rose! I love roses, but don't really know enough about the different varieties. I do appreciate the read and your comments. Thanks for stopping by!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Oh my!! such a beautiful hub, those flowers are super pretty!


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Unknown spy - I'm so glad you enjoyed my article and photographs of spring flowers from my North Carolina Garden! Thanks for visiting!


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idigwebsites 3 years ago from United States

Stephanie, those are really astounding pictures! I wish I have a camera like yours with an 18x zoom and I'd really be happy with that (for now I only have a digicam, but also a Nikon). Pretty flowers color your hub. Voted up and beautiful/awesome! :D


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA Author

idigwebsites - I'm so glad you enjoyed my spring flower pictures! I do love flowers and can't resist photographing everything that blooms in my garden. If you have a Nikon digital camera, I'm sure you can get some beautiful photographs with it. Do have fun experimenting with your cameras. Thanks so much for your comments and votes!


AudraLeigh 3 years ago

Three reasons I love this hub:

Your "Yellow Iris" is awesome...great photo!!!

The fact that these beauties were "free"...amazing!!!

I lovvvve your "Swallowtail Butterfly on Azalea"!!!

I loved hearing your story and looking at your awesome pics made me happy :)


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA Author

Thanks so much for your kind comments, AudraLeigh! I'm so glad you liked my story and pictures...you make me smile!


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NMLady 3 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

...beautiful! Wonderful pictures. Makes me want to visit my cousin in the Carolinas even more!!


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Stephanie Henkel 3 years ago from USA Author

NMLady - Now is the best time to come...spring has sprung!


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Easy Exercise 2 years ago from United States

Stephanie Henkel,

I love all flowers but the Carolina flowers are Texas sized! Amazing. I have a new garden and alas very few flowers as yet but the blooms are a starting! My husband was confused why we didn't have a profusion of color the first year. Flowers are funny that way - they need time and care. Similar to great hubs! Thank you for a delightful journey!


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Stephanie Henkel 2 years ago from USA Author

Easy Exercise - Even though flowers flourish in the climate of North Carolina, it still takes time a patience to grow a pretty garden. I love the perennials that come back each year, but do fill in with quick growing annuals for extra color. Glad you enjoyed my little garden tour!


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raquelle148 2 years ago

I like all your flowers in your garden especially calla lily. I really like its shape and the color.


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Stephanie Henkel 2 years ago from USA Author

raquelle148 - I love the calla lilies, too. They are so elegant.


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poetryman6969 22 months ago

You can never have too many photos of beautiful flowers in my book.


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Stephanie Henkel 22 months ago from USA Author

poetryman6969 - Glad you enjoyed my flower photographs...I do enjoy my flower gardens!


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Cyndi10 22 months ago from Georgia

Hi, I came back to look at your flower garden once more. Even though it's certainly not cold here, like in Boston, I'm still ready for spring! Take care. Cyndi


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Kristen Howe 8 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Beautiful photos, Stephanie! Real lovely! I would love to grow some of these flowers for my container patio garden. Thanks for sharing!

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