Sunday, May 6, 2012

God's Gift to Us----a Floral Kaleidoscope

 The other morning my cell phone rang while I was still under the warm, soft covers of my bed.

A very dear friend was on the line, asking me if I'd like to take a ride with her and another friend to a garden center in New York State. 

It's about a 20 or so minute ride from where we live.

Would I ?  You never saw anybody with a slightly bum knee jump out of bed as fast as I did. 

To me, spontaneous excursions are part of the cream cheese frosting on the cake of life! 

If the excursion involves books, dolls, flowers, miniatures, thrift store shopping or the unknown,  it's even more exciting.

This one involved flowers and the unknown, since the excursion was to an unfamiliar gardening center, so two out of five. Not bad.

The name of the place was The Country Caretaker and you can read all about the enterprising family who started it all by going to their website here.

 What a fabulous job they do with all the herbs and plants for sale. Wow, wow, wow.

Sure enough, the flowering plants there looked wonderfully healthy.   They exploded with all different colors, shapes, and scents. 

It would be impossible not to think of how lucky we are to be on this earth, in this life, when looking at flowers. 

I think God is so incredibly generous and kind to give us the gift of flowers.

 They are so precious, so startling in their beauty and immense variety.

A lovely pineapple mint plant came home with me but visions of other plants and saw and want are still flashing like neon signs in my head.  

Above all, I am so grateful for His gift of flowers and for the fun excursion with two friends.

Today we are joining Think on These Things on Lorraine's beloved blog, With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart.

 Go on over and pay a visit. You'll love seeing all the great entries.



Chatty Crone said...

Susan I love the way you described it as a kaleidoscope - perfect word for all that beauty! love, sanide

diane.stetson said...

Gorgeous flowers. We have several flower centers here and they radiate beauty like this one...Good Job taking these photos.

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

Love, love this post. I could live at a garden center.

Liz - Imageremix said...

Oh my goodness, Susan, you have captured the vibrancy and the beauty with your lovely photos. You were right to jump out of bed. Hope your bum knee behaved while you were there. And good for you loving spontaneity and jumping at the chance to be with your friend enjoying all that beauty God made. Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving me such a sweet message. I appreciated it. I left you a reply there too.

Linda O'Connell said...

God's gift, indeed. I wish I had a green thumb.

Susan Roux said...

Sounds like a wonderful day. I love going to garden centers. The colors and scents are just wonderful! I try to grow as many as I can around my home. I have many gardens and who knows someday they may all connect!

Lovely photos, thanks for sharing them.

Christa said...

Beautiful flowers! I like to visit gardening stores, but I'm reluctant to buy plants as I don't have much of a green thumb.

Ms. Redo said...

Hi, I just found you at With a Grateful Prayer - yes I love flowers, but this is the first year I have ever tried to really do a garden, albeit a container garden on my deck. I am so thrilled about getting my hands in the dirt, and that my flowers and tomatoes are actually growing!!! And blooming!!! Yes, it seems like God's miracle, and I believe it is. And yes I went to a large garden center here in the Richmond, VA area and oh my, spent way too much but I am treasuring each plant and caring for them. Thanks for sharing the immense beauty from your garden shop trip! Hugs ~ Mary

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love flowers and gardening centers but there isn't one near me at all. Love these photos! hugs, Linda

LDH said...

I'm with you! I am most grateful for the gift of flowers and I love garden centers. I really have to curtail my emotions there as I know I could bring home way more than my wallet can handle.

Beautiful photos you have captured! A joy having you share on Think on These Things!

J. Beaudet said...

What a gorgeous excursion that was! I love spontaneous trips like that.Such fun! Have a great week ahead:)

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

That does look like a fantastic place! So many gorgeous flowers. So many colors. Never heard of a pineapple mint plant. Sure wish I could find more plants that would survive in our weather. Have a beautiful day. Tammy

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