Saturday, February 26, 2011

Enjoying The Beauty That Surrounds Us
During the past two days I have enjoyed the beauty that abounds this time of year.  On Friday I along with eighteen other flower lovers visited the Southeastern Flower Show at the Cobb Galleria in Northwest Atlanta.  On Saturday morning I decided to obtain several images in downtown Macon, Georgia.

 A Japanese Maple Display

 A Rose arrangement at the Flower Show

 These Japanese Magnolias were found on Coleman Hill

 More Coleman Hill Japanese Magnolias

 I acquired this image on Mulberry Street in Macon

 One More Arrangement from the Southeastern Flower Show.  This event certainly was a feast for the eyes.

The fence on the North end of the Walter F. George School of Law
Mercer University
Macon, Georgia

I always enjoy my hobby of photography year around, however the Season of Spring is certainly the high point of the year when I am able to capture many lovely scenes.  I would encourage everyone to enjoy the beauty that surrounds them.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Beauty Surrounds Us All

Beauty Abounds in Middle Georgia

 These blooms may not appear to be real beautiful; however the fragrance of the Daphne Odera is overwhelming.  I enjoy the fragrance each time I walk in the gardens. 

As with most of the flower blooms so far this year, the recent cold weather delayed the bloom cycles.  But I will be quick to add that everything is now much more enjoyable because we had to wait a longer period for the normal Winter Blooms. 

Sunday, February 20, 2011


Yes, we all know these lovely Winter Flowers as "Lenten Roses."  The plants in my Garden have been at least three weeks later this year than former Winters. 

I pledged that I would publish better photographs this year.  Please note the stick that I used to hold the bloom in position to get a better photograph.  Also I used a backing board to avoid the distractions in the Gardens. 

Monday, February 14, 2011

Lenten Roses

In years past I have had these blooms as early as late December.  But the Winter of 2010-2011 is a bit different.  The Lenten Roses in the gardens here in West Bibb County Georgia started to show buds about two weeks ago.  The following three images were taken this morning, Valentine's Day.

 I have never purchased Lenten Roses by color.  In order to do that you have to wait until the plants are mature and have bloomed at least one cycle.  While I enjoy the mauve blooms, I am content to take my chance on the bloom color. 

These plants self seed rapidly.  I appreciate all the colors and was able to capture some pictures this morning.  As anyone who has these plants can testify, they are difficult to photograph because the blooms usually hang down.  I sometimes hold them in the correct position, but I usually resort to bending the stem back so I can get the picture.  Or, as you can see from the first picture in this post, I used a stick to hold the bloom upright.
 My favorite color.  Admittedly this bloom is a poor photograph; but I had to include it here because of the intense color.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

2011 Southeastern Flower Show
Atlanta, Georgia

 I took these pictures during my visit to the 2010 Southeastern Flower Show.  I post them here today to simply show what is available in the cool or cold month of February when most of us are planning on how we can get our gardens looking great for the Spring and Summer months ahead.
I have fond memories of attending many Southeastern Flower Shows in the past and am looking forward to the 2011 Show.

Should you desire additional information to plan your own trip to this inspiring event please visit:

I can guarantee that you will suffer from sensory overload during your visit to this show.  In fact I would encourage everyone to bring their camera so that they can record the beauty and also use the pictures for planning purposes in their own gardens.

Enjoy the Show!!!!