Any Occasion Flower Note Cards

More flowery cards in my Etsy Shop!! Apparently I am feeling very flowery and girly lately... What do you think? Any suggestions from you beautiful-blog creators out there? http://www.etsy.com/listing/45527162/six-any-occasion-flower-note-cards

Summery Sun Shining

The chirping of insect fills the air and I know it is summer. The calendar might not say so, but the whirring ceiling fans in my apartment confirm it. The soft breeze is so welcome on my bare shoulders, when it seems just yesterday I was piling on sweaters. Spring is a short-lived thing here in Florida; it is a mere stepping stone to get to summer. But it is still early enough that the sun doesn’t yet seem to bake and/or melt everything its rays fall on. Let the sun shine: ...off to the beach I go...


Ballerina Love Azaleas

When I was small and thought differently about things, azaleas were not amongst my favorite flowers. I didn’t like that if you plucked them from their stems they would quickly wilt while other flowers would last much longer.

My thoughts have shifted over the years…I love how delicate, fragile, and thin azaleas are, and that they begin to droop so quickly. It makes their brief beauty much more powerful.

I saw an azalea shrub in a front yard – with hundreds of these gorgeous orangey-coral colored flowers - and the sun was in just such a position that each flower seemed to glow. The petals are so thin that the light came right through. The image is resonant with me.

About a month later I saw the same shrub and all the blooms were gone. But across the street were these,

which are my favorite azaleas ever. They are little ballerina love azaleas. And they too, will quickly be gone but their beauty is that much more for it.