“To be overcome by the fragrance of flowers is a delectable form of defeat.” –Beverley Nichols
“The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.”
I’ve hit a snag. 4 of the 12 flowers I need for the birth flower calendar I have to either order from a flower shop or grow myself. Ordering from a flower shop would be too expensive which means growing them myself. I absolutely love the idea of doing that and plan to when the spring comes but it means the birth flower calendar will take a lot longer and will have to wait to be fully realized. In the meantime, I’ve decided to create a flower calendar that includes my favorite flower pictures matched up with my favorite quotes. Even though I’ve had to change plans, I’m very excited about the new direction the project has taken. 🙂
This photo was taken in February of 2014 the day after a large snow storm. The scene reminded me of a painting I saw years ago so I decided to add a painterly effect to it in post processing.
“Poinsettias are native to Mexico. They were cultivated by the Aztec Indians. The colorful bracts were used to make a reddish purple dye. The Aztecs also made a fever medicine from the poinsettia’s milky sap. After the Spanish conquest and the introduction of Christianity, poinsettias began to be used in Christian rituals. Franciscan priests used the poinsettia in their nativity processions. Poinsettias were first introduced into the United States by Joel Robert Poinsett, the first U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. Poinsett had plants sent to his home in South Carolina. He then distributed plants to horticultural friends and botanical gardens. The Ecke family of California has been instrumental in the development of today’s poinsettia. Initially poinsettias lasted only a few days in the home. All had red bracts. Today’s varieties are more compact, durable, and long-lasting. Red, pink, white, gold, marbled, and variegated varieties are now available.” [Source]
This photo was taken in August of 2013 while visiting Mystic Seaport which is located in Mystic, Connecticut. During the spring and summer it is one of my favorite places to go. Here is a little bit about the lighthouse: “…this replica of the Brant Point Lighthouse on Nantucket was built in 1966. When the first Brant Point Light was built in 1746, it was the second operative lighthouse in New England (the first being Boston Light dating from 1716). The wooden tower, built in 1900 and on which Mystic Seaport’s replica was modeled after, is the lowest lighthouse in New England with its light only 26 feet above sea level.” To read more click here