To Inspire, Transform & Heal

Linda Wiggen Kraft
Creativity for the Soul

My Cutting Garden – Flower Love in Winter

In the winter I have to visit the flowers from my garden through photographs. Seeing them lets me fall in love with my garden all over again. Not that I don’t love my winter garden, it has its own beauty that speaks more quietly without flowers. But it is flowers that make my heart instantly sing.


flower-vase-violet-blog-creativity-for-the-soul-blogThe violets grow mostly in the lawn.  I love their sweet faces in spring. There is a bit of wildness in my garden where things grow with abandon. Fortunately there are so many flowers, I can cut  them for vases without leaving holes in the design.


flower-vase-helleborus-dark-blog-creativity-for-the-soul-blogThe first flowers to bloom, sometimes under the snow, are helleborus. Lenten Rose is the common name.



flower-vases-bleeding-heart-helleborus-blue-bells-blog-creativity-for-the-soul-blogHelleborus is still blooming when bleeding heart and Virginia Blue Bells come on the scene.




flower-vases-azalea-blog-creativity-for-the-soul-blogAzaleas brighten spring with their bright colors. Often the blossoms completely cover the shrubs in color, an amazing sight.




flower-vase-helleborus-blog-creativity-for-the-soul-blogI love helleborus with their different colors, especially when each pale petal is outlined in bright pink.



flower-vases-branches-blog-creativity-for-the-soul-blogThese branches of a Japanese Maple brought inside will soon be full of lacy leaves, before the leaves on branches outside emerge.



flower-vase-rose-hyacinth-bean-blog-creativity-for-the-soul-blogA rose called “Easy Does It” is one of my favorites. It’s buds are deep orange, the opened flowers are a softer orange/peach. The purple blossoms of hyacinth bean compliment with their colors.



flower-vase-pale-pink-peony-blog-creativity-for-the-soul-blogPeonies bloom for too short of a time.  Ants love the sweetness of their buds, and are not necessary for the buds to open.



flower-vase-dill-red-salvia-blog-creativity-for-the-soul-blogThere are edibles growing in among all the other flowers in the flower beds. Red salvia blossoms taste like pineapple. Dill is a favorite in my kitchen.



flower-vases-dill-close-up-blog-creativity-for-the-soul-blogDill flower and seed heads look like stars in the sky.

I have more photos to look through.  It brightens my winter days to spend time in the garden, even if it is inside looking at the computer screen.


Shared Mandalas coming in next blog post.


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