April has ended and Summer is quickly approaching, but we can't forget about May. May is one of my favorite months because of all of the beautiful flowers and trees in bloom. When I lived up north, I would be out every weekend starting in May planting my garden, but even down here in South Florida, May has brightened up our landscapes. This weekend I took a walk around town and took pictures of everything in bloom. The colors are incredible! The afternoon was extremely peaceful on my quest to capture more colors in my camera. And I definitley connected with the old saying "stop and smell the roses" as I came across each new bloom.
A few months ago, I purchased a book written by Doreen Virtue and Robert Reeves called "Flower Therapy". The book is beautifully written and walks through 88 of the most common flowers, telling about their meaning, spiritual message and healing qualities. I refer to this book often to help me decide which flowers I should bring into my house to change a mood, help with a problem or brighten a celebration.
Even though April did not bring very many showers this year in South Florida, we did still receive many gifts of flowers. If you get a chance over the next few weeks, take a few minutes to notice all of them around you. In the mean time, below are some of the photos I took on my walk...
One of the things I love the most about living in South Florida is the ability to grow your own citrus. My husband and I grow our own lemons and limes in pots on our back patio. We also have an orange tree that until recently didn't seem to be taking, but we got our first blossoms a few weeks ago (pictured above) and are hoping it will bear fruit over the next few months...we'll keep you posted.
And since it is the start of a new month, I have created a new Digital Download Screen Saver for you. Obviously this months picture is a flower...a bougainvillea that I took a picture of in Islamorada back in March. I just love the colors! For some reason everything looks better in the Florida Keys, the water is bluer, the sky is brighter and the flowers seem to glow...so I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
And of course this blog post would not be complete without mention of the hibiscus flower. They are currently in full bloom right now and can be found in many different colors from pink to red to white and yellow and many variations in between. As many of you know, we launched a Hibiscus Collection a few months back and our sales prove that I'm not the only one in love with this beautiful bud. The hibiscus flower's core message is togetherness. It brings people together and promotes peace. Unfortunately hibiscus flowers can not be picked and enjoyed indoors, but you can drink hibiscus tea or plant a tree or bush outside.