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Beautiful flowers - The ordinary and the exotic

Updated on November 22, 2011

Beautiful flowers -The ordinary and the exotic


Exotic or ordinary, flowers are flowers, they are beautiful and bring color and cheer to us all. My love for flowers can be traced back to my childhood, I would always be found collecting wild flowers and put them above my ears and in my hair and preening around. Colors and shapes never fail to capture my imagination.

The love and the joy you could spread by giving or receiving a bunch of flowers is something that most women can relate to (not every man can relate to that, I know). Just seeing some flowers in the room lifts up your mood. Flowers seem to say some things better than words ever do. A bunch of red roses say ‘I love you’ better than a diffident man, a bouquet of white flowers express grief better than most of us can. It is always special to give and receive a gift of flowers. When I do not feel so great a bunch of fresh flowers can do wonders for my mood.

Exotic Orchid - beautiful flowers

The rich color and the spots on the flower makes this orchid extra special. I love orchids, and the love and labour that goes into getting these orchids to bloom is akin to having your own baby. I have come to love and treasure my orchids so much, that I tend to hang around them all day, giving them so much time and attention that my children cry foul. They have some competition here!!

The cannonball flower or the Nagalinga flowers - beautiful flowers

The cannon ball flower or the Nagalinga flowers are not too common but not very rare either. These flowers get their English name from their buds which resemble cannonballs, while the flower in the vernacular mean the cobra around the Linga of Shiva. These mild and sweet smelling flowers can be seen on a huge tree, with hundreds of cannonballs hanging from its trunk. Yes, I meant that, these flowers grow directly from the trunk of the tree. This flower I captured was high up on the tree and this shot was the best I could get. A lady climbing a tree is not a pretty sight ..is it?

Golden Yellow lily
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These adorable golden lilies always make me feel sunny and happy. Hope you feel the same way too!

The four o'clock flower or the Mirabilis jalapa grows in the gutters and ditches of India. These flowers come in any hue you fancy, but the peach and orange ribbed ones were huge, like hibiscus and looked awesome that I had to stop and picture them on my walk.

The Wedelia is a creeping evergreen perennial used as ground cover. They flower in abundance and look attractive. These plants needs to be pruned or cut back constantly, since they tend to get out of control and could become a nuisance, robbing your other plants of their muchneeded nourishment. They are generally used to border lawns and on road dividers, here where I live!

The Gerbera daisies are beautiful flowers, as photogenic as the dahlias. They come in almost all colors and now even in double shades. I am somehow unlucky with these darlings. I am determined to have some growing in my balcony by the next season ... and I will have more pictures on Hubpages.

Texas bluebells (Eustoma grandiflora) is another flower I love. These gorgeous beauties make my balcony garden a veritable paradise. The different colors and shades these flowers come in is amazing. I cannot have roses in my balcony garden as the space is limited and Texas bluebells are a great choice. I would say they look better than roses.. what do you say?

Beautiful flowers - the everyday flowers

This is not morning glory.. these are small flowers that grow wild. Actually a vine people use to cover their trellises and fences with. I am not sure of the name though. These have such rich color and they look amazing if you need to use them for privacy from your nosy neighbors... and what a way to shut out the world!

Beautiful flowers - Poinsettias

Christmas is quickly approaching...the poinsettias in my garden are already perking up. They are the harbingers of the season for me..the caroling and fun will soon begin.. join the fun...Merry Christmas everyone!!

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      C E Clark 5 years ago from North Texas

      Beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

      Voting you UP and beautiful!

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      sofs 5 years ago

      Au fait, that was really fast. Thank and I appreciate that very much!! God Bless!

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      saisarannaga 5 years ago from Chennai in Tamilnadu, India.

      I could not believe my eyes. Thanks for such sumptuous feast to the EYE.

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Beautiful flowers. I would agree with all but the morning glory, which has now taken over my backyard, even though it originated from my neighbors.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      You sound just like me! I have more pictures of flowers than I know what to do with. Beautiful hub, voted up. Thanks for sharing.

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      sofs 5 years ago

      Saisarannaga, Thank you for that wonderful compliment.. I am honored!

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      sofs 5 years ago

      Formosangirl... The vine that I have pictured here is not morning glory..this is a small and easily controllable vine.. I can see why you are not so happy.. lol... thank you for the comment!!!

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      vasantha T k 5 years ago from Bangalore

      Beautiful flowers and information. voted up. Best wishes

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      sofs 5 years ago

      Sgbrown, lol.. maybe we are alike in many ways.. But then I am sure you treasure your flower pictures very much... I am always glad to meet a flower lover!!! Flowers are too beautiful to not love them. Thank you for the comment.

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      sofs 5 years ago

      Vasantha, thank you once again for the encouragement and appreciation. God Bless and have a wonderful day!

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      Keith Matyi 5 years ago from Denton, TX

      Good Hub! The pictures were magnificent! I love flowers and am relandscaping the backyard to include more. Thanks for making my day!

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      acc12 5 years ago

      Love the Texas bluebells and the purple orchids! You are lucky to live in Texas where many flowers can grow. Up here in Minnesota some species just wouldn't survive the harsh winters and short warm season. Luckily, you've just taken us to them - lovely journey.

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      timorous 5 years ago from Me to You

      Ooooh...ahhhh. Beautiful flowers, sofs. Yes, even the most common flowers are beautiful in their own right. The eustoma are a surprisingly good rose substitute.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      I so enjoyed your gorgeous pictures, and was amazed that the bluebells were pink - and looked so much like roses! We've been to Texas many times, but seem to miss the season when the bluebells are blooming. Great hub!

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      AllSuretyBonds 5 years ago

      Beautiful! Vote up!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      WOW!! The cannonball flower is my favorite of all these- I've never seen anything like it!

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      sofs 5 years ago

      Keith Matyi.. Thank you kind sir for making my day... when love's labor is lauded it is always an honor. Have an Wonderful day!

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      sofs 5 years ago

      acc12 thank you for enjoying your journey to India.. that is where I live.. not Texas... Thank you for taking the time and the effort to comment... much appreciated!

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      sofs 5 years ago

      Tim... Ooooh ...Ahhhh is right... that is what I do when I see pretty flowers... always smitten by these beautiful flowers :) thank you for dear sir .. for always being my source of encouragement!!

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      sofs 5 years ago

      Stephanie Henkel, these Bluebells are hybrid, they come in any color you want these days.. they are great competitors for the roses and are less fussy than roses... they bloom by the clusters.. and look amazing... The best thing about them is they do not have thorns and don't occupy too much space... they are just perfect for my balcony garden :)

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      sofs 5 years ago

      All surety bonds, thank you so much!!

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      sofs 5 years ago

      Simone! the cannon ball flower is a wonderful choice.. the color is exquisite and the flower is beautiful to say the least...thank you for your gracious comments!!

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      Greensleeves Hubs 5 years ago from Essex, UK

      Nice pictures of nice flowers. And partly echoing what Simone said, particularly nice to see the Cannonball Flower, because I've never heard of or seen that one before. My favourite picture however is probably the Gerbera, a real high-impact blaze of orange.

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      sofs 5 years ago

      Thank you Greensleeves for taking the time to vote the Gerbera, I like the sharpness, the texture and the richness of color in that picture... which is why I considered it photogenic. The cannon ball was included because of it rarity, I do hope to get a better picture from another angle to showcase the beauty of the flower. I appreciate your interest, have a wonderful day!

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      rekha 5 years ago

      Wow! It's a feast to the eyes. I like poinsettias, gerberas, all flowers - the ones in your pictures look beautiful. Don't they simply lift your mood and put a smile on your face!

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      sofs 5 years ago

      Rekha, I am glad that these flowers have put a smile on your face... that is what beautiful flowers always do for me... I appreciate your visit always and you know they lift up my mood.. Thank you and God bless!!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      So very beautiful sofs, my favorite, the poinsettia..Thank you..

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      sofs 5 years ago

      Ruby, flowers are beautiful indeed... a balm for the soul.. have awesome day, dancing away :) Thank yous for the visit, glad you enjoyed it.

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      Jason Menayan 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Gorgeous pictures...really demonstrate the glory of nature. I think the intensely-orange Gerbera daisies, and the azure Texas bluebells are my favorites.

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      sofs 5 years ago

      Thank you Livelonger, you have a sharp eye for details... and that is wonderful. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. Have a wonderful day!

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Beautiful flower pics..and I learned the names of some flowers!

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      sofs 5 years ago

      Rebeccamealey, thanks for looking it up...I love to photograph beautiful flowers and I am glad that you enjoyed them. Have a great day! God bless.

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      Prasanna Marlin 5 years ago from Sri lanka

      Beautiful flowers and information. I remember my country. Voting you UP

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      sofs 5 years ago

      Hi Prasanna, You are missing SriLanka aren't you ? Too bad, I don't have any pictures of your country... but I guess the Orchids would do ..my aunt used to have such lovely orchids that she had brought from Kandy ..and of course the lovely tea.. who can forget the taste of SriLankan tea.. Take care and have a great weekend! Thank you.

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      SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA

      The yellow lily is bold and beautiful.

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      sofs 5 years ago

      True, Bold and beautiful.. the golden yellow was such a mood lifter... I hope I will have more of those flowers this summer :) thanks for stopping by SweetiePie. Have a great day :)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Wonderful pictures and interesting descriptions.

      Congratulations for well deserved the hub of the day.

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      mwilliams66 5 years ago from Left Coast, USA

      Congratulations on earning HOTD Sofs. This is a wonderful hub. What exquisite photos you used. Gazing at the beautiful flowers, even on screen, was a wonderful mood lifter. As always I thoroughly enjoyed your hub.

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      oceansider 5 years ago

      Lovely flowers....I've always liked bluebells and gerber daisies too...all of the flowers in you hub are beautiful.

      Thank you! Voted up.

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      This is such a great hub. I love flowers and I spend time caring for orchids. I particularly love dancing ladies, and vandas. Congratulations on the HOTD.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Very beautiful. I always admire the sweetness of these flowers bring to the eyes.

      Voted up and all!

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      Cathleena Beams 5 years ago from Lascassas, Tennessee

      Your exotic flowers are a delightful treat to behold. They are all beautiful ones. Thank you for sharing these living garden jewels with us. Lovely hub!

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      This hub is a joy to read and view! I love the brilliant blossoms here - what a gift to our spirits, to have flowers around us! Congratulations on your Hub of the Day! Well deserved!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Like you, I love flowers and you photographed each of them beautifully. The cannonball one was unfamiliar to me. Nice to start my day with such a visual feast for the eyes. Congratulations on your HOTD award! Voted up and beautiful.

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      DigbyAdams 5 years ago

      What a cheerful way for me to start a dreary day filled with mist and fog. Thank you for these lovely pictures. I also followed a link to your collection of dahlia pictures. That was beautiful as well.

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      sofs 5 years ago

      Vinaya Ghimire, Thank you for the wishes. I appreciate it very much.

      mwilliams66 Thank you for all the encouragement

      oceansider I am glad you enjoyed it.

      jpcmc, an orchid lover.. that is wonderful.. I have another crop of blooms sitting on my windowsill as I type. Thank you.

      unknown spy, glad you love flowers too :)

      the10star, Thank you :)

      Cathleena Beams, Thank you so much.

      Marcy Goodfleisch, thank you for those kind words :)

      Peggy W, I have admired your pictures many a time. Thank you for your kind words :)

      DigbyAdams, I am so glad to brighten your day :)

      Have a lovely day everyone.. Your comments are so appreciated :)

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      Radhika Sreekanth 5 years ago from Mumbai,India

      These flowers have transformed the home of Hubpages into purple and pink today. What a joy after seeing these flowers!!Your words have proved justice to them.

      Congrats on Hub of the day.

      Up and beautiful.

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      a2aoptima 5 years ago from Bangalore, Karnataka

      Amazing Hub. Very nice pictures. Thanks for sharing this.

      Congrats on being the Hub of the Day.

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Hi Sofs, I love photographing flowers, as well. I like to try to preserve their beauty. You photos are absolutely beautiful. Do you also frame them? Thank you so much for sharing them and congrats on Hub of the Day.

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      Dawnrichard 5 years ago

      Beautiful flowers. I love bluebells too and i can now imagine how beautiful is your garden. I congratulate you for being the hub of the day. Cheers.

      Dawnrichard

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      The Nagalinga is amazing. Thanks for a beautiful and educational hub! I enjoyed reading more about some of the flowers I've heard of but never seen. Congrats on a great choice for Hub of the Day this Memorial Day, aka Decoration Day from back when everyone decorated the headstones of fallen members of the military with flowers.

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Beautiful photographs, Sofs. I can't believe that you actually grow poinsettas in your garden! Cool :) Congratulations on your hub of the day award. :)

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Sofs these pictures are breathtaking! Congrats on the HOTD! Take care, Kelley

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      Beth100 5 years ago from Canada

      Congratulations on your Hub of the Day Award Sofs!! Beautiful photos of your flowers. :) I love them all!!! :)

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      roc6 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Thank You for a beautiful hub, I love flowers, especially roses and the lotus. In winter flowers can light up your day, a bit of bright color to brighten a mood.

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      timorous 5 years ago from Me to You

      Way to go buddy :) Goes to show that beautiful flowers are lovely every day of the year. Congrats on your hub of the day.

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Absolutely beautiful. Flowers have always been one of my fondest memories from my childhood. I also love how the flowers along the roads mark the season and bring you back to past memories!

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      Dubuquedogtrainer 5 years ago from Dubuque, Iowa

      Beautiful! I love flowers as well. Nice selection of flowers. I am not an orchid connoisseur, but that purple is stunning! Congratulations on Hub of the Day!

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      Patricia Scott 5 years ago from sunny Florida

      Thanks for sharing...the pictues are amazing. Flowers make every day more special. I have some of these in my yard. I am a huge fan of all varieties of hibiscus. Lovely lovely article.

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Beautiful! I love the orchids more than the others although all of them are awesome. Thanks for sharing. Congrats on the hub of the day;-)

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      Eric Calderwood 5 years ago from USA

      You are right, I think women enjoy getting flowers more than men do. When my children were small they picked flowers for both their mother and I. I didn't know what to do with mine. When my wife kept hers on the table and they started shriveling up, I was the first to want to get rid of them. We men do enjoy looking at beautiful flowers though, and the ones you have shown here are amazing!

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      bluebird 5 years ago

      Wonderful hub, very~~~very~~~flowery~~~

      a real delight~

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      Golfgal 5 years ago from McKinney, Texas

      Congrats on hub of the day. The pics are gorgeous. We are kindred spirits. I also love flowers and have a camera taking shots all the time of my garden and scenic areas. I love my orchids, I just started collecting them last year. Currently I have a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers in the living room for the holidays. I think having flowers blooming around us gives us a sense of peace and balance.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Wow..wow..wow. This was great hub among beautiful flowers. I really enjoy all the pictures. I confused to choose the best flowers. For me, all of them are the best. Thanks for share with us. Voted up and awesome!

      Prasetio

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      Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Beautiful hub, beautiful pictures and descriptions. Joy reading them.Voted up!

      Congratulations on Hub of the day award.

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      Milli 5 years ago from USA

      Wonderful hub. These flowers are so soothing.

      Congrats on HOTD!

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      Karen Lackey 5 years ago from Ohio

      Great job, Sofs! Congrats on Hub of the day!

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      ohic32 5 years ago

      Beautiful hub and very beautiful flowers. Congrats on hub of the day.

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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      These flowers are so beautiful. As a flower lover, I can only wish all of these grow in my garden. I didn't know that the Nagalinga flower is actually the cannon ball flower. I'm always amazed by the size of the cannon balls, now these beautiful flowers as well. Congrats on HOTD.

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      Very nice pictures. I wish I could grow some of these in CT, but alas- I must be happy to view them on a computer screen!

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Congrats on receiving the Hub of the Day accolade for this lovely hub about flowers.

      My hubby is recuperating from back surgery and I've been picking fresh flowers from my garden because it brings a bit of the outdoors to him while he's still unable to get outside.

      He's always loved fresh flowers and has brought me bouquets almost every week during most of the 37 years we've been married!

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      iefox5 5 years ago

      Great beautiful flowers, deserves to be selected as Hub of the Day, voted as beautiful :)

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Beautiful! And congratulations on hub of the day!!

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      Oh wow, these images are beyond beautiful! I am going to scroll down and look again so Im not distracted by reading all those words ;) Great Hub.

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      sammimills 5 years ago from California, USA

      WOW! Great pictures you have! I like flowers especially with different colors. We have a garden in our house and I wish we could also have some of what you presented. They look lovely. Congrats on being hub of the day!

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      sofs 5 years ago

      radhikasree

      a2aoptima

      Cyndi10

      Dawnrichard

      RTalloni

      Denise Handlon

      kelleyward

      Beth100

      roc6

      timorous

      Angela Brumme

      Dubuquedogtrainer

      pstraubie48

      Thanks everyone. Your comments mean a lot to me.. I appreciate them.. though I am unable to respond to each of them individually. Have a lovelyday/night!

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      sofs 5 years ago

      Thelma Alberts

      Eric Calderwood You sound so genuine. lol I know what you are saying. Have a great day :)

      bluebird

      Golfgal

      prasetio30

      urmilashukla23

      livingpah2004

      twinstimes2

      ohic32

      anglnwu

      Julie DeNeen

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      Thank you for your kind words, I appreciate them very much. Have a lovely day/night :)

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Congratulations on the Hub of the Day accolade, sofs! The flower colors in your photos are beautiful. What a joy to look at them!

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      sofs 5 years ago

      Thanks AliciaC. I appreciate that :) Good day to you :)

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      Subhas 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi the Exotic Orchid has really turned my day exotic only by looking at it. Great piece of hub.

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      Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico

      I am a flower fan as well, actually a "nature fan" would describe me best, but I definitely have a huge appreciation of flowers. My favorite of the ones you´ve included here: the opening photograph, the violet orchid.

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      sofs 4 years ago

      @ Pinto2011, I am glad to have made your day. Much appreciated. Have a lovely day again :)

      @Claudia Tello, I am glad that you liked the violet orchid.. I have more of them now... Thanks for stopping by.. Have a great day:)

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      indieswebs 4 years ago from Bhavnagar, India

      Good photos, I liked the Gerbera Daisies most.

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      sofs 4 years ago

      Indieswebs, Thanks for stopping by... I love that sharp looking picture too.. Have a great day!

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      sofs 4 years ago

      Mike, If you need to comment just do that. DO NOT SPAM!

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