bloomin’ lovely

March 1, 2011 at 9:46 am 16 comments

‘If you’ve never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in spring bloom, maybe your soul has never been in bloom’
– Terri Guillemets

Irises in bloom; a fleeting pleasure discovered on our first visit to the allotment this year.  They fade away so quickly outside but for the precious moments they stretch and uncurl my soul blooms to see them.
Just two perfect blooms that survived the harshest winter in Britain for a century, in a forgotten bulb bed that became a trampled shortcut to the shed over the summer. They burst into life a month earlier than last years irises;  just when our souls needed a little pick-me-up.  A simple reminder that…

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
– Ecclesiastes 3

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16 Comments Add your own

  • 1. julie  |  March 1, 2011 at 9:55 am

    beautiful – both the flowers and the words.

  • 2. Fiona Mayhem  |  March 1, 2011 at 10:13 am

    What beautiful bulbs – so happy that you have been able to rediscover hidden beauty at the right time.

    I wish you both a happy spring after the long winter

  • 3. Angela De Souza  |  March 1, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Wow that is beautiful!

  • 4. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes  |  March 1, 2011 at 11:38 am

    What glorious winter defying blooms. Those are early! We lifted and split our three clumps of irises, and then have been wondering ever since if we’ve killed them but I saw some little shoots the other day, so we’ll see how well they do this year.

    Our little stellata magnolia is just beginning to open its furry buds, they’ve been there since last autumn, waiting…

  • 5. Tom Hayward  |  March 1, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    very nice!

  • 6. Everlovin' Dad  |  March 1, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    re Julie – Beautiful; the flowers, the words and the gardener

    • 7. Anna  |  March 4, 2011 at 2:52 pm

      like 🙂

  • 8. anenthusiast  |  March 2, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Those flowers actually bloomed in England? Recently?? There is hope for us yet, eh? Can’t wait for a bit of sunshine and warmth.
    Just love that verse… there is a time for everything and time enough for what we need to accomplish. Kind of a favourite prayer of mine in the busyness of life.

  • 9. ruth  |  March 2, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Once again your photo’s are stunning – a true gift x

  • 10. Nip it in the bud  |  March 2, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Julie – just what I think when I see your little cotton rabbits and read your posts x

    Fiona – thank you so much :o) I wish the same for you

    Angela – simple pleasures …

    Joanna – a time to every purpose… I’m sure your irises will be fine, probably just gathering their strength after resting in their lovely new bed :o)

    Tom – cheers

    Dad – don’t! you’ll make me blush (you’re biased anyway!)

    anenthusiast – I know, shocking isn’t it but such a delightful surprise. What a great verse for you to live by. ”A time for what we need to accomplish” … that’s certainly one for me to think on more and press pause when I feel time is running out

    Ruth – I love it when you pop up :o) I started blogging to share the allotment with dear friends too far away to visit afterall.

  • 11. Anna  |  March 4, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    always loved those verses and Pete Seegers Song turn turn turn, couldnt find a good youtube with pete on his own, so i post this one; his lovely verse does join in

    • 12. Anna  |  March 4, 2011 at 2:59 pm

  • 13. Nip it in the bud  |  March 4, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    thanks Anna. I love the Byrds version, hadn’t heard the Pete Seeger one. Nina Simone did a cover that is rather different but still lovely (she has such an amazing voice)

  • 14. Brian Pettinger  |  March 6, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Yes another comment in praise of Iris.
    Well presented

    • 15. Nip it in the bud  |  March 9, 2011 at 10:41 pm

      thanks Brian, you certainly know how to snap an iris or two yourself, just lovely.

  • 16. plot taming … oh my word! « Nip it in the bud  |  June 2, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    […] there were some spring bulbs that had resurfaced again to cheer us on our way.  Yellow and purple irises that were starting to look a bit too wilty to photograph and lovely purple allium ball heads (not […]


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