Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Carnival of Flowers

It all started early one morning. It was a simple thought in my mind. A simple thought to gather some flowers to dream up a still life; to capture my floral imaginings with my little camera and post it to my friend as a birthday greeting. Well that was the intention......BUT.........about two hours later it seems many, many still lifes of a carnival of flowers, magically unfolded! How does that happen?? =)

Oh, how I adore capturing real, painterly still lifes, abloom with gorgeous blossom after gorgeous blossom, with my little camera. Oh, how I adore playing with  floral arrangements, haphazardly arranging them together so that they dance in unison, not vying for singular attention but, en masse, content to shine in a rhapsodic and melodic bouquet. AND.....always, always, a background of messy puddles of beautiful fabric; in this case patchwork curtains in a selection of Tricia Guild fabric, which gloriously festoon the windows of my sewing room; is quite simply, the icing on the cake! Let the carnival begin!





Some of the roses have decided they are not finished with the parading of their beauty. Whilst some are beginning to close the curtain on their performance for this year, others, such as these glorious buttery yellow and pink roses are reaching their final crescendo. Indeed, for some reason or other these two rose bushes have saved the best till last.



Amazingly, the Hydrangeas are still producing new blooms. I went to gather a few and came in with about twenty stems. The size of the Hydrangea in the middle is twelve inches across......amazing!! Oh those pink roses; the fragrance is divine!


And then there are the Hydrangeas with a few of the buttery yellow, roses haphazardly thrown into the mix.





Be still my beating heart.


The softest blue-mauves and softest buttery lemons are the best friends, are they not??


But wait......those sweet Easter (Michaelmas) Daisies clamor for a happy snap or two. Their pretty, little, purple cluster of faces always make me smile.





And......one must not, must not forget the Cosmos. How can one forget the Cosmos?? Every year these blossoms of happiness pop up without any bangs and whistles; their only aspiration is to bring a sense of joyousness to whomever gazes upon them.






This floralicious carnival cannot close till the Dahlias frolic in their tutu-like, pretty petals. In their minds they are the stars of the carnival. The riotous colour of these prima donas certainly bring a festive spirit and irridescence to the carnival of flowers, but, I don't know.....as a top-liner of this show, the pretty blue Hydrangeas with the soft as soft, buttery yellow roses, must surely factor into the equation.  What say you??






There you have it. Early one misty, Autumn morning a few pleasurable hours, capturing the exhilarative beauty of each petal, of each flower, and puddles of a patchwork curtain; all singing the most lyrical and brightest of songs. Indeed, a cavalcade of deliciously coloured blossoms, a carnival of flowers filling the air with merriment and gaiety and many, many smiles.

Until the next time.......sending you a li'l smile to cheer your day.




Linking up this week to the lovely blog, Floral Passions: Floral Bliss, where all things botanical are showcased.



53 comments:

  1. All the flowers and all the bright colors made me SMILE! Thanks for such a lovely post. I can never get enough flowers.

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    1. One cannot help but smile when one gazes upon beautiful flowers, can one. =) I too, can never get enough flowers. Indeed, me thinks I am a bit of a flower addict!! Hope you are enjoying a lovely day, lovely Linda. Kim Xx

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  2. Thank you for brightening an otherwise dull day dear Kim. I adore all your vases & jugs filled with flowers but i think those hydrangeas & yellow roses must take the pic as being the fave today. Your sewing room curtains are just gorgeous too x x x

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  3. Pure loveliness, Kim! Each bouquet outdoes the last, but all so beautiful in their own right. Your pretty vases and pots and the lovely curtain just add to the pleasure of all this wonderful eye-candy. Thank you for sharing the happiness! xo Karen

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    1. Thank you so much, lovely Karen. 'Twas my pleasure to share my floral happiness with you. Kim Xx

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  4. Truly a Carnival of flowers, what a delight for the eyes and for the soul and I so love yellow and blue together, these colours together truly touch my heart, blessed be, precious friend of mine !

    Thank you for this so wonderful begin of my day, Dearie,
    have a most lovely remainder of your week

    XOXO Dany

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  5. Pretty as pretty can be! I so appreciate you sharing your floral bounty with us!

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  6. Oh I admire your talent in arranging bunches of flowers with your amazing fabrics- it is such a spectacular sight - a pure heaven! I am sure you had trouble picking just one for your friend's birthday from all these beauties :)

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  7. Hi Kim, Your pictures are a delight to my eyes this morning. The roses are exquisite and it's been many years since I've grown cosmos. Thank you for a cheerful start to my day. God bless. xoxo

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  8. I am in love with your flowers! Beautiful colors and the setting is perfect.

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  9. Oh my what wonderful blooms you have shared with us Kim. The colours look wonderful together! They have brightened up my day :)
    Have a fantastic week from a cold wet UK!

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    1. So, so happy to have brightened your day. Oh, I hope your cold, wet UK warms up soon and your own carnival of flowers begins. Kim Xx

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  10. your flowers are gorgeous! I am enjoying the daffodils while I patiently wait for my roses :)

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  11. Gorgeous post !!!!
    Your flowers are beautiful !!! The vases too !!!!
    And the colors !!!! Perfect !!!
    Mother Nature in all is beauty...
    Have a shinny day !
    Anna

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  12. Your photos are a real carnival of colors & flowers. Especially the combination of vanilla rose and blue hydrangea stole my heart! Thank you so much for linking at my Floral Bliss. All the best!

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    1. It is my pleasure, Ritta. I am delighted you visited my little corner of the world. Kim Xx

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  13. ...and I'm returning the smile! (BTW...Roses transplanted well...keeping my fingers crossed they survive...tell hubby thanks!)

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  14. So, so beautiful! Those roses and hydrangeas are simply gorgeous!!

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  15. As we are trying to emerge into spring here in the US, your flowers are such a welcome sight! Those hydrageas with the butter yellow roses are a delight to behold.

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  16. you have really blessed me with an amazing smile. these florals have such amazing color, happy color. i have a hydrangea, endless summer, that blooms right until the end of october. it is blue and one of my showiest - it is gorgeous!!

    lilacs have been a favorite since childhood, hydrangeas are second. we use to call them snowballs. many thanks for awakening my senses this morning, this is all coming soon and i can't wait. yesterday it was in the 60's, today it is 32 - mother nature can't make up her mind!!!! have a great day!!!

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  17. All your arrangements with the beautiful flowers are so gorgeous!
    Its matching so fabulous with your fabric.

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  18. Love, love, lovely! Can hardly wait until something blooms here in the northeast! I'm soooo done with snow! Aloha!

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    1. Yes, I would imagine you are soooo over all that snow. Thank you for visiting. I hope Spring arrives at your little corner of the world very soon. Kim Xx

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  19. I am glad that you love playing with flowers and taking photos of them, because I love seeing them. You already had me at yellow roses and blue hydrangeas, but then you had to put them together. I think I will leave the virtual window open and continue to admire them.

    -Soma

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  20. They are all too beautiful to choose just one. I thought I loved the hydrangea and yellow rose the most until I saw the purple flowers with the pink cosmos! Too lovely for words.

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  21. Kim, so gorgeous! My favorites are the blue hydrangeas and the soft yellow roses. Your photographs are so lovely that I can almost smell the flowers. xo

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  22. Oh my! Hydrangea and yellow roses! What a perfect combo!

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  23. So beautiful floral arrangements.. I've been waiting for long to get enough hydrangea in my garden, so that I can cut some and keep inside my home.. :)

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  24. Oh Kim, I kept trying and trying to take in a deep whiff at each and every lovely photo! You must've been head over hills in love with all that gorgeous beauty and delicious scents. I'm thinking that the hydrangeas with the yellow roses are my favorite, but then again, I love the pink roses, and the cosmos, and the dahlias, and ....... They're all wonderful!

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  25. Gorgeous flowers and fabulous colours. So wonderfully uplifting!
    Thank you, Kim!

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  26. Just what I needed to brighten up the grey, rainy, humid days we are having in Sydney.

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    1. Yes, I should think you Sydney-siders have had enough rain for now. It is lovely and warm and dry down here, Ann, which is most unusual for Tassie at this time of the year. Hope the sun come out for you soon. Kim Xx

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  27. Oh my goodness Kim, how did you even stand the joy of it all! You have such a glorious assortment of flowers, and then your arranging for them with the incredible fabric, it was a delight for the senses indeed! I know you are trying to soak every bit of the loveliness into your soul before the end of the season, and it has brought such joy into my soul today to see these gorgeous blooms! Such fun you had, and oh if there was only a way for you to share the fragrance, my that would be the icing on the cake! Pure delight to my heart to visit you today, with the barren muddy brown world around us here! Thank you for the joy you've shared with us from the lovely blooms in your amazing garden!!! Hugs to you today!

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  28. You always put together the most beautiful of blooms! I too love the combination of soft blue and yellow. You have caught the perfect combination with your hydrangeas and roses .... sigh .... Thank you for sharing what you have brought in from your garden. It really has brought some sunshine to me on this dull, rainy and cold spring morning.
    Wendy

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  29. Oh Kim I will have to say this was a totally lovely feast for the eyes for me today! Wow you do such a gorgeous job of taking pictures of your wonderful flowers! I do love the yellow and blue combo the best, and you have such lovely vases and fabrics to compliment them. Thanks for sharing your lovely bouquets!

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  30. Too gorgeous for words....except maybe ...ahhhhhhh! Love this super explosions of color. beautiful post, Sandi

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  31. Kim,
    These flowers are a feast for the eyes! Just so beautiful! That hydrangea is amazing! Such a favor you did for us--a bright spot in my cold, dismal, snowy day! Many thanks! xo
    Linda

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    1. So happy to send you a little floral brightness and cheeriness to your dismal, snowy day, lovely Linda. Surely, the loveliness of Spring has to arrive up there soon. Have a wonderful weekend, lovely lady. Hope the sun comes out for you. =) Kim Xx

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  32. Hi Kim! Oh I have missed you! So lovely to see all your gorgeous flowers and the pretty vases you have. Things are ticking along here nicely. Life is busy ; )

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  33. Kim, I am thankful I don't have to choose a favorite. They are all absolutely scrumptious!!! And I bet the smell is amazing too.

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  34. How Lovely to look at these such pretty flowers friend!!!

    thank you for fun post and enriching my day with so many gorgeous blooms and colors!

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  35. How gorgeous flowers and wonderful pictures! So beautiful! Thank you for visiting my blog!

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    1. It was my pleasure to visit your beautiful little corner of the world. Thank you for your sweet comments, Tiiu. Hope you are enjoying a lovely week. Kim Xx

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  36. Kim, I love how you photograph everything. The flowers and the colors look amazing. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

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    1. Thank you so much, Martha. Hope you are enjoying a wonderful week. Blessings to you, lovely lady. Kim Xx

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  37. I think my favorite is the butter yellow roses with the hydrangeas ... they look so pretty together of course I love the rest but those the most... i often start out in one dirrection in mind and before I know it I'm off in another dearest Kim have a wonderful new week, with love Janice

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    1. The blue hydrangeas and the yellow roses are my favourite too, Janice. Wishing you a wonderful week also, lovely lady. Thank you for popping by. Kim Xx

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  38. How wonderful was that, I lost myself in your beautiful words, they made the flowers dance for me. I have such a weakness for Hydrangeas that they must be my favourites with the lemon roses xx

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    1. You are very sweet, Cheryl...thank you. I too have a weakness for Hydrangeas, I never tire of them. Hope you are having a lovely week, lovely lady. Kim Xx

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  39. Several of these photos would look amazing printed as cards! Roses are a long way off here, so I am imagining their beautiful fragrance and doing a lot of wishful thinking.

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  40. Your lovely quilts always take my breath away! Yes, as we go into summer, you have your winter. It is always hard to leave friends when you move. I'm leaving behind one particular friend who is very dear to me. It's hard. Have a wonderful day.

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