Flowers make my soul smile – wild or manicured my eyes appreciate the glories of their blossoms. Baskets, boxes, bouquets, pots, planters, you name it, I love them all once they are full of flowers.
I just returned from a quick visit to Ireland. Dublin’s flowers are spectacular at the moment, so I couldn’t help myself. I just had to take my camera to record the ordinary, simple beauty of these streets I know so well. Dublin is blooming in style, albeit a little later than usual after a long, cold winter.
Believe it or not, daffodils are still nodding in the gentle breezes. Usually blooming in March, a Maytime host of golden daffodils is very unusual in the Emerald Isle.
Tulips of every color stand tall in the planters and flower beds of St. Stephen’s Green.
Blooming each year in a showy sea of blossoms, there must be thousands of bulbs planted in these flower beds.
They return each year, making Dublin look like Amsterdam. In the midst of all the doom and gloom of Ireland’s recent recession, it is lovely to know a stroll around St. Stephen’s Green is still free for all to enjoy.
Simple white tulips are spectacular amidst a sea of yellow. Sitting on a bench surrounded by such beauty is the perfect way to watch the world go by.
Yellow tulips symbolize happiness in life, and looking at this lovely spread of yellow tulip cups, who could not feel happy.
The cherry blossoms are in full bloom, raining pastel pink petals on the pathways of Dublin’s parks.
What could be more perfect than strolling through the park, under an umbrella of cherry blossoms, holding Grandad’s hand.
Grafton Street is a mass of vibrant color, flower sellers arranging their wares with care and a keen eye.
Even Dublin’s window boxes are bedecked in blues, yellows and every shade of green.
My heart sang as I walked around my hometown last Saturday. No matter how far I wander from her, I always feel at home, strolling along Grafton Street, crossing the Liffey and just knowing I belong here.
Thank you Dublin for a lovely day.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)