‘Sunday Thoughts’ ~ Spring Beauty

“Daffodils, That come before the swallow dares, and take The winds of March with beauty.” ~ William Shakespeare

Narcissus “Blushing Lady” from Van Meuwen Gardens Daffodil, Blushing Lady

Good morning, my friends.  As our world situation is so very sad, I thought perhaps we could all use a spring tonic.   My spirit may be wounded, but my love of beauty is as strong as ever.   That said, my thoughts today will be minimum.  However, I hope what I share will lift your spirits and make you smile.  So, join me for a wee walk through spring beauty.

Daffodil, King Alfred

First, let’s stroll through a few of my favorite daffodils.  The bold King Alfred is such a welcome sight after winter,  and it is always the first of our daffodils to bloom.

Daffodil, White Lion ~ It is a double and a favorite of mine.

Daffodil Bulbs Fortissimo Fortissimo, is such a showy girl.  When gathered in a group, one can hear them singing.

“Tulips were a tray of jewels.” ~ E.M. Forster

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“Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.” ~ Gerard De Nerval

Tulips

“If you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for a moment.” ~ Georgia O’Keeffe

“Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.” ~ Wordsworth

“I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.” ~ George Washington Carver

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“Flowers grow out of dark moments.” ~ Corita Kent

“Flowers leave some of their fragrance in the hand that bestows them.” ~ Chinese Proverb

Love is a springtime plant that perfumes everything with its hope, even the ruins to which it clings – Gustave Flaubert

 

In closing, I will leave you with the words of the beautiful and talented Audrey Hepburn.  In case you were not aware, Ms. Hepburn worked with the Dutch Resistance during WWII.  Considering the world now around us, that makes her words truly profound.

“Nothing is more important than empathy for another human being’s suffering.  Not a career.  Not wealth.  Not intelligence.  Certainly not status.  We have to feel for one another if we’re going to survive with dignity.” ~ Audrey Hepburn.

 

Dear friends, hopefully, you have found solace in the beauty of these gorgeous blooms.  Truly, I hope they have lifted your spirits and made you smile, they certainly did mine. 

Know I wish you and yours a good day and week ahead.   Stay Well!

And…

May God hold the Ukrainian people in his arms.

                                                                                                                             

Amour,

Sandra

“Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

 

 

 

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Brenda @ It's A Beautiful Life

Your post is a breath of fresh air, Sandra. Such gorgeous spring flowers! That quote from Audrey Hepburn is so fitting. I recently watched a documentary of her life on Netflix – it was so good to see. She’d gone through a lot in her childhood and youth. We had a dump of snow around here yesterday; it was looking very wintry this morning. But the sun is shining now in our backyard at a different angle, reminding us Spring is not that far away anymore.

Wishing you a beautiful weekend.
Brenda xo

Sandra
2 months ago

Dear Brenda, thank you for your kind words. I thought we might just need a spring tonic. Flowers do help in our weary world. Honestly, I don’t know what I would do without them.I wish I could take a bouquet to every soul in the Ukraine. Have a good week, my daffodils are blooming.

Penny at Enjoying The Simple Things
Penny at Enjoying The Simple Things
2 months ago

Beautiful post Sandra. I loved the Georgia O’Keeffe quote.

Sandra
2 months ago

Thanks, Penny!

bonnie morgan
2 months ago

Beautiful flower photos that did lift my spirits. Very touching quotes as usual but the quote written by George Washington Carver and Audrey Hepburn will stay with me for a while. Spring is a time of renewal and my prayer is that hearts will be changed. That respect and kindness will trump evil.
My heart has been warmed by the outpouring of empathy for the Ukrainian people.
Yes, may God hold them in His arms and give them strength and meet their needs.

Sandra
2 months ago
Reply to  bonnie morgan

Hello, Bonnie. I agree with you about your two favorite quotes. I think of them every day when we hear and see the tragedy continue to unfold. I pray it will come to an end soon. My mom and grandmother both always said, “God will only allow evil to continue for so long and then He will step in.”

Dewena
2 months ago

It is posts such as these that I need in a time when so much seems so trivial compared to the heartbreak over Ukraine. And spring bulbs coming back once again is a reminder that beauty will come again. Audrey Hepburn’s quote nails the problem, doesn’t it? To not feel empathy for what the men, women, and children of Ukraine are going through is a clear sign of barbarism.

Praying for Ukraine.

Sandra
2 months ago
Reply to  Dewena

The flowers are certainly a comfort to our broken hearts. I wish I could give them to all Ukrainians. I do agree with you about the Hepburn quote. Her words were from her heart and what she had lived through.

jeanie
2 months ago

I just adore daffodils. They’re so happy! And so many other lovely spring blooms, too. I bought tulips the other day (they were out of sunflowers) and are so very cheery. Thanks for the lift today.

Sandra
2 months ago
Reply to  jeanie

My pleasure, Jeanie. Blooms always are a comfort.

Pam Richardson
2 months ago

Beautiful flowers, quotes, and sentiments! I love the Audrey Hepburn quote. I have read about her work with the Dutch Resistance. The scenes in Ukraine are horrifying! Thank you for the beauty that you share, it is needed! Wishing you a wonderful week ♥️

Sandra
2 months ago
Reply to  Pam Richardson

Many thanks, dear Pam. I pray the war and violence will soon end. I try to put myself in the Ukrainian’s shoes and honestly, I can’t imagine how they are managing. Truly, I know it is only by their faith in God. Have a good week, dear friend.

Rita C at Panoply
2 months ago

Your spring blooms are a soothing tonic, indeed, to a poisonous world situation.

Sandra
2 months ago

Thank you, Rita. Blooms do help.