Blossoms and Quotes

My week was filled with flowers and words. Here are a few of both for your enjoyment.

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~~Anais Nin


 A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love. ~~Max Muller


Any human anywhere will blossom in a hundred unexpected talents and capacities simply by being given the opportunity to do so.~~Doris Lessing


For a writer, published works are like fallen flowers, but the expected new work is like a calyx waiting to blossom. ~~Cao Yu

I couldn’t resist adding the buttercups.  As children we played this game: if someone held a buttercup under your chin and yellow reflected on your skin it meant you liked butter..That little game used to be a good source of entertainment during those simpler times. Why is it we seem to miss those simpler times?

Enjoy your weekend!

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  1. LOve the flowers! Love the quotes, some of my favourites. Have a wonderful weekend. XO

  2. I haven’t seen buttercups since I was a little girl. Thanks for the flashback … and we played that game too. :-)

  3. Love all the photos, Laura… and the quotes. (Linda’s apparently with you in identifying the buttercups, but your variety looks much different than ours. I thought that third photo was of California poppies! They grow wild in so many places. Our buttercups have smaller clear yellow blooms.) That white and pink rhododendron is especially lovely! Most of our rhododendrons are finished… just two later ones beginning to show some colour now.

    • I went back to have a look at one of my blog posts that shows our western version of buttercups. It’s here if you want to compare:

      • Glad to share the flowers. I love this time of the year, so much colour, so many beautiful smells. Thanks for the link, Carol. :) Buttercups are such a simple flower but bring back so many memories for me. :)

  4. Carol, that’s my Ontario version of buttercups, too. Lovely photos, Laura, and I love the quotes you paired them with. We discovered our love of butter the same way when I was a kid, though we were happy to substitute marsh marigolds for buttercups when the buttercups weren’t blooming yet. Have a great weekend everyone!

    • It seemed, when we were kids, that loving butter was indeed something special. :) Glad you enjoyed the photos and the quotes, Heather.

  5. I’ve always loved bleeding hearts…but I’ve had to change my view on buttercups for the time being. I love them, but now I have to pluck or cut them from the backyard/pastures. They are deadly to horses, donkeys, sheep and goats. These animals will eat around them, leaving everything eaten in the pasture except this wonderful little flowers. When we cut grass to hand-feed them, we must be careful there are no buttercups (flowers, stems, leaves) in the mix.

    Thanks for sharing your flowers and words.

    • I didn’t know that buttercups could be deadly to some farm animals. I’d never heard that before. Lots to be learned from blogging. :)

  6. Lovely flowers. The first pic is my favourite, Laura. Those pink flowers look like a girl’s hair. :)

  7. What are they called? I am curious.

  8. Thanks, Laura. Love the quotes and the photos. Here’s one for you …

    “Behold the field of Daffodils.” William Wordsworth from a book of children’s verse I read to my son each evening. Enjoy:

  9. The colors are so bright and beautiful! Thanks for sharing! :-)

  10. You’re welcome, C.B. Nature sends us some pretty awesome colours..:)

  11. Lovely photos and quotes!

  12. Wow, these photos took my breath away, they’re that beautiful. Nice photography, Laura. And I love butter too!

  13. Thanks, Joylene…I just play around with the camera a little. It keeps me out of trouble… Sometimes ;)

  14. Useful information: when buttercups are dried in hay, they are no longer toxic. Horses and livestock tend to eat around them in pasturage, or spit them out if you feed them by hand to a horse. My pasture had a lot of buttecups in it but there was never any problem with them.
    Great post, Laura. I have been so busy and subsumed in my own stuff, that I have fallen way behind in my blog reading. Facebook is a tasty snack, but blog posts are a real meal. :-)

    • Thanks for the additional buttercup information, Jodi. Good to know! I actually had no idea they were toxic to begin with, but then I was never around horses.

      I hear you on the blog reading. Since starting this new job, my time has been very limited. I lose almost two hours a day driving. I’ll be glad when July comes, and I’m back to my regular work about ten minutes from home. :)

      • Yes, I should have mentioned that buttercups and other plants that are toxic to animals are usually harmless once dried in hay. My daughter and I were talking about how funny it looked in the horse pasture: mostly dirt and lovely flowering buttercups. And I’ve seen the donkey and other animals spit them out, but occasionally I see the female goat eat them…so I think they can’t be too toxic, for goats anyway. Still, for the most part, they avoid them. On the otherside of the coin, the needles of fir trees is a natural dewormer for goats and sheep. I always have fresh-cut boughs in their stall and pasture.

  15. Like the first one. Too many people refuse to grow up into responsible people or meet normal challenges of living.


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