Thursday, March 8, 2012


In spite of Florida's perpetual sunshine, we do experience seasonal changes.
After a dry and dormant winter, Petrea Volubilis, otherwise known as the Florida Lilac,
 is the first to arrive for the springtime flower show in our backyard.
 Quiet and unassuming the rest of the year,
 the vines suddenly produce a mystic display of other-worldly blue.
 Regrettably, they leave just as quickly as they come.

Next to show will be tiny sprays of scented lemon-tree blooms and, by May, the gigantic red blooms of the Royal Poincianas in our front yard will draw rave reviews from those who pass by.

Anything blooming in your neighborhood
or are your expectations of spring still lying under the snow? 


Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Bougie, Banana flowers, crinums....and on and on and on.....and on.

mermaid gallery said...

I'm blooming mad about now with all this winter blossoms yet ....but the birdsong keeps spring in the air....

Beach House Living said...

No bloom to speak of yet. Peonies are another that come and go too fast.

rosaria said...

Just about every crocus and daffodil around! Fruit trees are beginning to bloom too, and hopefully, the winds won't destroy the blooms before they set fruit, a month of wondering. I have never seen your purple beauty. I can only imagine its beauty.


Florida's lilac ... how lovely.

There is nothing blooming here yet, but the weather has taken a turn and signs of Spring will be here soon.

You are making me excited to plant my container garden.


tammy j said...

that blue is simply beautiful.
blue flowers always seem so special.
i have three white bradford pear aristocrat trees that are in full white bloom! they remind me of girls showing off their prom dresses!
today rain. but... also 30mph winds. so... hold on little blossoms.. hold on!
tammy j

S. Etole said...

Ours are still buried deep! This is such a pretty color.

Dimple said...

The mud is starting to bloom here, the robins are back, and the chickadees are singing "Spring's coming!" But no flowers yet...

Gorgeous macro!

Hanne Bente said...

Hey Beckey.
Incredibly beautiful flowers ..... yet we have only snowdrops / winter aconite and crocuses in the garden.
Last Wednesday we had 2 cm of snow - so spring is put on standby.
Wishing you a good day / good weekend.
Hugs Hanne Bente ♥

RuneE said...

A lovely shade of blue - the sky has come down.

Very little snow around here this year, put plenty of rain and wind. In many ways a "green" winter

Life 101 said...

My peach trees and blueberry bushes are blooming.
Very nice.

Debbie said...

These are gorgeous, Becky!!! Are they fragrant, as well?
We are experiencing yet another snow storm...yipee.

Jane said...

I don't recall ever seeing the FL Lilac...beautiful!
Bottlebrush, Bouganvilla, wisteria, geraniums, and the caladiums are already peaking through the mulch.

PS I am showing my paintings tomorrow at a small show in Largo...there will be mostly furniture, I expect, but you never know. My friend asked me to fill in her corners...Sweet friend! Cross your fingers...

Hanne Bente said...

Hello Becky.
Thank you for your comment.
I usually look into my "real blog friends" every day to see if created something new - and if - as I leave is usually a "small track" (a comment)
Last Wednesday we got a "whiff" of winter again - who fell a few centimeters. snow.
Wishing you a good weekend.
Hugs Hanne Bente ♥

Leslie said...

I've never seen this flower, here in St Pete. Such a beautiful color! Do they have a fragrance, too?

helen tilston said...

I love this flower. How spectacular!!! What part of Florida do you live. I am at Indian Rocks Beach and have not seen it here. My bougainvillia is spectacular at the moment.

Thanks for sharing

Helen xx

emily wierenga said...

oh how i long for the blooms of spring... we still have heaps of snow... thank you for this glimpse of glory...

Kaybe said...

Believe it or not I have a peanut patch sprouting from all the peanuts thee squirrels have hidden in the garden.

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Ramblings by Carol Nuckols said...

No snow here in Texas. It's an early spring. For weeks we've had redbud, wild plum, grape hyacinth, forsythia, japonica, iris and more. Not to mention all the winter weeds, which are beautiful in their own right and feed the butterflies and bees.

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