Blooming most recklessly

Wish me luck with this lovely dianthus! It's a perennial, so if I don't kill it, you may be seeing it again sometime.

Wish me luck with this lovely Oscar Pink dianthus!
It’s a perennial, so if I don’t kill it, you may be seeing it again sometime.

“Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night.” Rainer Maria Rilke

I probably say this every year, but I can’t remember when I was more eager for spring. Because I was expecting visitors in late March and early April, I was disappointed that my hyacinths and tulips were delayed by the weather.  I combed the garden stores hoping to find some annuals I could plant for a spot of color, but alas! none of them had much on hand.

Because of this, when the flowering plants finally began to arrive, I couldn’t tear myself away from the colorful displays.  So far I’ve bought three or four blooming plants I’ve never tried before (ageratum, English daisy, and Oscar Pink dianthus) along with the usual favorites (snapdragons, portulaca, begonias), and I know I’ll be curbside-shopping (the flower equivalent of window-shopping) for some time to come.  I have no idea how well any of these will do under my less-than-expert care, but I had so much fun shopping for them, they are well worth the relatively small amounts I spent here and there.

What’s blooming in your neck of the woods?  Which flowers are shrieking in your neighborhood? What are your favorites among their colorful voices?  Take time to enjoy the gorgeous floral displays popping up everywhere, for sale or for show, and feast your eyes on their vivid hues.

This post was first published seven years ago today. The original post, comments and photo are linked, along with two other related posts, below. These links to related posts, and their thumbnail photos, do not appear in the blog feed; they are only visible when viewing the individual posts by clicking on each one. I have no idea why, nor do I know how they choose the related posts. That’s just the way WordPress does things.


  1. mike c

    The “Lime” puff ball Viburnums are a favorite.

    • It’s amazing to me how much these look like hydrangeas. But I like more color in my flowers, and usually don’t opt for white.

  2. Sister, I pray you are better each day. I hold you and Matt close to my heart and pray.🛐☀🛐

    • Cherie, thank you so much for the prayers and the sweet card. We are “hanging in there.” Matt’s valve replacement is next week.

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