Saturday, April 16, 2011

Today's Flowers: Loads of blooms

LinkThis has been a great week for flowers and I hope there will still be many undamaged ones after the tornado that ripped through town on Saturday.
I am preparing this post Saturday night and I haven't been outside to survey the damage. The tornado touched down in downtown Raleigh, NC and zipped through town moving past where I live at 70 mph. I hope there weren't too many people hurt. I know some buildings were totaled.
The combination of the winds and loads of large hail probably didn't do the flowers any good.
I felt very lucky though not to have any damage to my house or any large trees down.
The first two shots are dogwood trees (white one and then pink one). The third shot is carolina jasmine. The shot above and below are of kolkwitzia amabilis.
I think the kolkwitzia blossoms look like little bells.
I sometimes think my azaleas like the one above are going to get big enough to support my house if it ever starts to crumble.
I like the way the sun is shining through the dogwood above.
More azaleas above and below.
I spotted my first two roses this week. They look pretty lonely.
I fear that the tall rose branches may have been knocked down in the storm.
Click for the home of today's flowers.


Carletta said...

We were watching the news about your weather. Scary.
Lovely set of images Carver!
The kolkwitzia amabilis is new to me and I think they are lovely.

Have a great Sunday!

Unknown said...

Wish I could be there and smell them,..... sniff :)

Cezar and Léia said...

Fantastic energy from these flowers, a nice show of colors!
Léia said...

i like the first one and the flower to the left

Rajesh said...

Beautiful flowers. Very lovely colors.

EG CameraGirl said...

Very beautiful blossoms. I love it when my Kolwitzia blooms, but it won't be for quite a while yet. Nice to see how beautiful your world is while I wait. :)

Leora said...

Tornadoes are scary! We've been having some doozy weather on the East Coast.

Love all the colorful blooms. Enjoy them while they last.

Arija said...

You must have a wonderful climate to grow all your beautiful plants to such perfection.
Even if some things are snapped off, spring pruning will have them looking great again in a jiffy. All your lovelies respond so well to chopping back and roses are so forgiving, they will grow better than before.

Great photography. All these plants I also have in my Mt.Lofty garden but with our dry climate and only having rainwater, they do tend to struggle, especially the dogwoods.

Roan said...

We had some ferocious wind here, but no tornadoes. When I first moved to Raleigh in 1993, I rented an apartment off Lynn Road, off Creedmoor. There was a wooded area still torn apart by a tornado that hit 10 years prior. They are scary. Sure hope the flowers survived. Beautiful pics. Flowers just as I remember. Love the roses.

NatureFootstep said...

loads of beauties you post today. And I really hope they made it thru the storm. Otherwise you can always look at these shots. :)

vincibene said...

Fantastic pictures!

Arija said...

Carver are you still alright? I have just seen footage of the terrible destruction in N.Carolina and am so worried. Please let me know when you can. Things can be replaced, people can not. I hold everyone affected in my prayers, especially you my dear.

Love and Blessings . . . Arija

Indrani said...

I am glad you are safe, I was watching the news on this. Lovely flower shots.

Anonymous said...


When I saw the damage in Raleigh on the news, thoughts of you and your marvelous gardens popped into my head. I'm so glad you were spared and my sympathies go out to all those who were not.


Artlover said...

The first one was my favorite frpm your collektion here. Nice!

Crafty Green Poet said...

what beautiful flowers! I read about the storms, the enormous hailstones sounded terrifying. Glad you're okay!

Lew said...

Beautiful flowers! I hope that are undamaged, too. We called my brother-in-law who lives near Jordan Lake when we saw reports of tornados in Raleigh. He had no damage.

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