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Philadelphia Flower Show: Early Signs of Spring

Sunday, March 24th, 2019



My husband and I went to the Philadelphia Flower Show at the Convention Center earlier this month. I was disappointed in the large displays by regional landscapers and garden centers because the flowers looked “posed,” that is, placed just so as in a movie set. So I did not take many photos of those displays.


However, the flowers and plants that were displayed for prizes were lovely. So here is a little taste of what spring will bring in the northeast. They may already be blooming in the south and west, but for me, the flower show is the first time I will see spring plants and flowers in bloom.  However, I did spot a crocus the other day, so spring is definitely on its way! (Here is proof of Spring with a photo the other day of crocuses—outside.)




I loved these flowers because of their color and unusual beauty!


There were several miniature rock gardens that I liked. Here is just one:


 I thought this plant was spectacular!


Perhaps the nicest addition was a large train track in the middle of the show with trains going around the oval, and the rest of the area dotted with plants and a miniature town. You can see by the number of people around the track that this was a popular highlight.

Sometimes I am disappointed in the displays at the flower show, but it is a spectacular event in that so much effort is put into creating it. The fact that I was disappointed does not mean this flower show was a bust, just not one of my favorites.

Early Spring Flowers: Photos and a Rhyme

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

NOTE: These are my first photos of spring flowers in our neighborhood, with the brown dirt still surrounding them, and often by themselves, because the other flowers are not yet in bloom. I call them pioneers!


                                                    PIONEERS of SPRING



Spring flowers are starting to bloom,

pushing through the warming earth, facing the sun.

Crocuses and daffodils, forsythias and magnolias—

My heart has come undone!


These hardy “pioneers” risk snow and frost

yet take the risk as Spring returns once more.

Their tiny colorful “faces” celebrate Life, and

with them, warm breezes from my patio door.

Still-Blossiming Forsythia

Wishing away winter and its stormy weather…

Perhaps they’re only false alarms!

Be patient! The tide has turned and

we can’t resist their fragrant charms.