Only In Florida Could Winter Look Like This

For 50 years in New Hampshire I looked forward to the flowers of spring. Once those first flowers poked through the snow you knew winter was on it’s last legs. Those beautiful spring flowers gave new hope and life to a cold world.

Since moving to Melrose from Southern Florida I have been feeling the cold of winter again and long for the spring flowers to warm my heart. Well this morning this is what greeted me when I took Otis out side for his first trip of the day.

Winter Beauties

It was like the first flowers of spring just smiling on a cold morning bringing the promise of spring to come if I just wait a while. This row is just outside the door in the fenced in area in back. You can’t imagine how warm and glad these made me feel. I never saw any of these flowers in Port St Lucie. My sister tells me they love the cold of December and it doesn’t get this cold down there. I ran back in to get my camera so I could share this with all of you. Here is a close up of the flowers so you can see just how beautiful they are.

These are the red flowers

Aren’t they pretty and see how loaded these bushes are. Mark trimmed these bushes but it didn’t take off all the new growth and there are lots of flowers still to open. This year when I trim the bushes I can shape the hedge without worrying about killing off all the flowers as I can do the job at the proper time to encourage new growth.

While Otis was still out I looked over to the other side of the back yard and saw the pink and white hedges were also blooming so I went over there and got some pictures also.

This is outside the dogs fences in area. This is the deck just outside of the family room. The white hedge runs along beside this as you see and the pink flowers are just to the left of these but there are only two or three pink bushes and they are much taller as they were never kept trimmed. Now I will slowly work at bring them down to this level without setting them back too much as I do like all of them to bloom in December each year.

These are the white ones, check out all the buds.

The white flowers are a little behind the colored ones but you can see all the buds that promise a beautiful sight in a few more days. The second picture is of the pink ones. These bloomed first but there are only two bushes instead of the whole hedge the white and red ones are. They are all beautiful and very welcome on these cold morning. They remind me that spring can not be far away.

There are many other hedges around the yard made up of different bushes so I will look forward to seeing them bloom as spring comes on. Have a blessed day.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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