Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Earth Laughs in Flowers

It always a spectacular thing when spring finally arrives, especially after a long, cold winter. Having grown up in Texas, where there's only two distinct seasons — hot and hotter — winter in Utah is something I'll never get use to. Like ever. Luckily, glorious spring never disappoints.

A couple of weekends ago, I attended to the annual Tulip Festival at Thanksgiving Point Gardens. 250,000 tulips across 55 acres in quite the sight to be seen. Here's some of my favorite blooms from the festival, along with some of my favorite quotes on flowers...

The earth laughs in flowers. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Just living is not must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower. ~ Hans Christian Anderson
Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature. ~ Gerard De Nerval

Happiness held is a seed; happiness shared is the flower. ~ John Harrigan
I must have flowers, always, and always. ~ Claude Monet
The nature of this flower is to bloom. ~ Alice Walker
In joy or sadness, flowers are our constant friends. ~ Kakuzo Okakura, The Book of Tea 
A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in - what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars. ~ Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

The Tulip Festival features over 100 varieties of tulips. Here's a display table listing the names a few of them.
For all my local friends, the festival runs through this Saturday, May 3. You definitely don't want to miss the opportunity to see Mother Nature in all her glory!

Earth laughs in flowers.

Earth laughs in flowers.


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