Mad with joy

A garden in Colonial Williamsburg, May 2009

A garden in Colonial Williamsburg, May 2009

“People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.” Iris Murdoch

Go a little mad with joy today.  Visit a florist  or plant nursery, or just the floral department of a grocery store, and take a few minutes to see– really see– the flowers.  Or, if you cannot get out, enjoy the flowers here and here and here.  Or just google “flowers” and click on “images.”  Bloggers, please feel free to post links to your favorite flower photos in the comments!  As we used to say in the 60’s:  FLOWER POWER!

This post was originally published seven years ago today. You can view the original with comments here.



    Love flowers!!!  Got it from my Mom.  I buy marked down ones from Kroger’s almost weekly. Praying for you.  How are you?  And Matt? Love and blessings ❣️💞 Nancy

    • Nancy, Jeff used to buy markdown flowers at Kroger’s too, and he brought home some gorgeous ones that way, such as these. Over time I learned how to arrange them, and having them in the home was a real joy. If I change the water often, I’m always surprised at how long fresh flowers will last. I used to see them as a luxury, but now I believe that their mood-lifting effects make them a practical purchase, especially when they are affordable. We’re doing well, thanks for asking. Hope you and your sons are, too! Maybe 2020 will be the year we can get together face to face somewhere.

  2. Susan

    I agree! This time of year the flower planting catalogs arrive and keep me daydreaming about spring! I so enjoy your photos, and love how often you include flowers and foliage and other beautiful outdoor scenes.

    • Thank you, Susan. Aren’t those flower catalogs such a temptation? If it wasn’t for the labor involved, I would be totally inclined to overspend every year. One year I ordered way too many bulbs from the Breck’s catalog, and weeks later, while was planting them (and getting too many blisters for my trouble) I told myself to never get carried away again. But you’re right, they’re great for daydreaming about colorful times ahead.

      • Susan

        Oh, I’ve done the over-ordering too many times! This year I’m doing my best to restrain myself but it is difficult. I always love your photos; you have a real eye.

        • Susan, thanks so much for your kind words about my photos. I indulged in buying myself some primroses. Lidl’s had them for !.49 each so I couldn’t resist! I just love the colors and later I will plant them outside but for now they took ZERO effort.

  3. When I’m desperate for some floral photos that’s exactly what I do. It’s -11 degrees celsius right now. I was going to go for a walk but maybe I’ll get in the car and find some inspiration in some of the places you mentioned.

    • WOW, that is cold! I had to look up the conversion to see how much it would be in Fahrenheit, but no wonder you are desperate for some blooms! It’s finally down to the 20’s(F) here, but that’s way too cold for me. Happy flower hunting! It’s nice to hear from you again.

  4. I’m going nowhere today as the roads are covered in snow and ice. My daughter hasn’t gone to work yet but I’m working on sewing projects with plenty of flowers in them. 😉 I have all of my Butchart Garden photos that run at random on my computer so I always get a dose of joy there. Love the quote. Have a wonderfilled weekend. Maybe I’ll get out then. Hugs.

    • M, I can’t even believe that I’ve never been to Butchart Gardens, though I have been to Banff, Lake Louise, Victoria etc. I somehow missed one of the most beautiful sights in that part of the continent. Just didn’t have enough time there. I’m going to have to make a special trip to B.C. just to go there. Great idea to put the photos to display randomly on your computer. I hope you and I both have a wonderfilled week this week!

  5. You make a great point, Julia! I’m gonna drive around and find a poppy field and lay down right in the middle of it! Thanks!

    • Thank you, I’m so happy you enjoyed the post! We appreciate your stopping by.

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