“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan


The rain leaves a gift

It rained last night.

And left this beautiful carpet of red camellias as a surprise. There are pink & lilac carpets under the tulip trees, and pink & white camellias strewn about, but this little stretch of ground was the best. Hidden from sight, in Mary's side yard - I was walking about, camera in hand, stealing images of flowers still sleeping, flowers kept awake all night, dealing with this little storm. Some were still on their sides, snoring, oblivious to my presence - daffodils seemed especially exhausted; they will no doubt be unhappy to hear that they were photographed in such a disheveled state. I won't tell them, but the paperwhites were up & yawning & stretching & I've heard that they are quite unable to keep a secret, so I'm sure the daffodils will know all about it by noon.

"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, A Fairly Honourable Defeat
and we are


  1. i love that you see the beauty in the raggedy, the brown and the tattered souls that are fallen petals. that little bit of tree with intact blossoms at eh top edge of the frame is heavenly :)

    we are mad with joy aren't we?!

  2. Oh, I never even saw their raggedy-ness - I never even saw the brown. I was that mad with joy!

    :) Debi

  3. Wow, a flower carpet! I love camelias, too. We have cherry blossom petal carpets strewn about here right now.

  4. Delight
    is a flower
    you must see
    hanging on the tree
    at Emma's house.

  5. I gave my camellia to a neighbor. Now wish I hadn't! We're due for more storm upheaval tonight. Batten down the hatches!

  6. Oh wow! So pretty. I just found you in Somerset Life. You do awesome work. Can't wait to have time to look at your blog better.

  7. It is amazing how you can focus on the positive aspect of this storm! Many would be lamenting the loss of flowers from the tree. Not you!
    But, to tease me with the existence of the other flowers without revealing them is unbearable! : )

  8. Love it honey! Beautiful picture! You always help me see the beauty that is around me... Thank you for that.

  9. So many things are blooming in your corner of the universe. Spring has definitely found you!

    I love the last part of this post, about the paperwhites and daffodils. Not only do I love the words, but I am wondering what a paperwhite looks like? Could you take a picture? Pretty please?

  10. Oh, I love this. It looks like the fairies have been decorating. I bet they have all donned their polka-dot dresses for the ladybug ball!

  11. want to roll around in them, get camellias in my beard, on my clothes, pressed against my face...nice of the rain to leave this joypath!

  12. such a beautiful flower carpet. I love the late spring when the cherry blossoms carpet the ground.
    (my camellia bloomed back in December I think.)


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