Snow or Floral Friday

The Nor’easter that plowed through New England yesterday sure packed a wallop. It dropped 18″ at our house. Then the John Deere had a flat tire, and the state plow took out the mailbox. Good thing our daughter is creative and not afraid of a challenge.

I sure hope this is their last big blast of winter. But, just in case my fingers are crossed too.

Here in SC, the temperatures have dropped into the 40’s and 50’s, but every Β plant around here is bursting forth.

I could show you pictures of white snow, downed branches, and flat tires, or I could show pictures of colorful blooms. I choose color.

Here are a few of the lovely flowers strutting their stuff down here. I also threw in a beautiful Cardinal hiding amidst the soft gray moss of a live oak that my friend, Sue, and I stalked trying to grab this shot. Have a great Friday. 🌺

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51 Responses to Snow or Floral Friday

  1. I choose color, too! Enjoyed seeing these beautiful blooms this morning. Dogwoods, azaleas and other spring flowers are starting to bloom here.

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  2. Dan Antion says:

    You pictures are refreshing, Judy. I look forward to when I am seeing those colors around here.
    Mine pictures are white (some with a little red blur). I’ll share them tomorrow.

    We didn’t get as much snow, but we got about a foot, and it was heavy and wet. We may have more coming Monday, but nobody seems to know for sure.

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  3. Joyce says:

    18″ in one event? Oh my goodness! I’m glad you’re not there to deal with it – let the young ‘uns do that! Our winter hasn’t had much snow, but its been cold. Nice to not have to deal with piles of it like in past years.
    What a cozy hiding place for your sweet cardinal!

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    • Yes, 18″ in one storm. Must admit, I’m glad I’m here even if the temps are a little cooler. πŸ™‚ I know people either love the spanish moss or can’t stand it, but I love it. I think I may have to do something with that photo when I get home. Glad your hubby is not having to shovel too much this season. πŸ™‚

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  4. Ally Bean says:

    I remember color… outside my window… once upon a time. Lovely photos. Thanks for sharing a bit of hope.

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  5. KerryCan says:

    You must feel very smug, to be in SC and not New England! It’s getting a little tedious here, to tell the truth! Your colorful photos give one hope . . .

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  6. Laurie Graves says:

    That’s right! Rub it in. πŸ˜‰ Actually, I’m one of those northern weirdos who think winter is beautiful. First thing I did this morning was take pictures of our backyard. But, when spring and flowers do come to Maine, I’ll be very glad to see them.

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  7. Glad you’re missing that white stuff, Judy, and thanks for the color. We’re like-minded this morning. I think someone needs to clue that cardinal in to the fact that being bright red and trying to hide in something silver-grey doesn’t work too well. πŸ™‚ I love this time of year when they’re so easy to spot, though.

    janet

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  8. joyroses13 says:

    Wow on the snow you got! We totally missed it, though now they are saying we could get some next week. Who knows!
    I am glad that you chose to go with the color for today’s post, love it! The little red cardinal amidst all the flowers is so pretty!

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  9. Almost Iowa says:

    the temperatures have dropped into the 40’s and 50’s,

    What is the word for “a curse to one person is a blessing to another”?

    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  10. Murphy's Law says:

    Love the blast of color from those gorgeous flowers. But, oh that beautiful cardinal!! Everything here is white or dirty white from the plow. Ugh. Spring can’t get here fast enough for me.

    Be sure to bring spring home with you and drop some off along the way! Lol.
    β€’β€’β€’Gingerβ€’β€’β€’

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  11. Tina Schell says:

    But of course Judy – that’s why we live here, isn’t it?! I’ll take 55-60 degrees any day, and my heart breaks for my northeastern family after their second snow storm in a week! Man it’s been a brutal winter up there, hasn’t it?!

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  12. At this rate you won’t want to go home. Hopefully winter will be well on its way by the time you return.

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  13. Joanne Sisco says:

    All that glorious colour is so welcome at this time of year!!

    The northeast has been seriously hurt in the past week. I too hope the worst is now behind you!

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  14. Val says:

    Always so much nicer to see colour – Spring is on its way, so why not look forward. We currently have a pond filling up with frogs (all of whom are ‘in the mood’) but I know from previous years that there’s invariably another cold spell coming as they then have to start afresh afterwards. So you have your beautiful flowers and we have our – ahem – beautiful frogs! πŸ™‚

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  15. Your flowers were good for my slightly frozen soul. It has been a long, cold, miserable winter.

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  16. I’d much rather see pictures of spring flowers as opposed to more snow.

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  17. tonytomeo says:

    I saw enough flat tires today. However, snow would have been interesting. White is a good ‘color’ too.
    Some of these flowers are difficult to identify! Okay, so maybe that is more interesting that snow.

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  18. Oddment says:

    Good tonic this morning! Thank you! I was beginning to forget what color was like, and this reminder is much appreciated. You know, of course, that that cardinal was toying with you; he knew exactly where he wanted to be photographed, and that is one gorgeous shot! I’m sorry to hear about your home. Your poor daughter! So glad you can be warm and strolling amid those flowers.

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    • There are two areas at Brookgreen Gardens where large communities of Cardinals hang out. They are near the old rice fields so they have plenty of places to roost. But, they come out to the large oaks, flit around at mock speed, and drive folks with cameras crazy trying to capture just one shot. I almost gave up on that shot, but keep trying. I got another one on the ground but not near as interesting as hiding in that moss. πŸ™‚

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  19. germac4 says:

    Your lovely spring flowers made me get out the bulb catalogue to start choosing & planting for Spring… That’s the trouble with being in the upside down part of the world!

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    • It is strange when we are at opposite sides of the calendar. πŸ™‚ I’ve never tried snow drops, but they sure are pretty little things and in a large swath they are quite gorgeous. There is a median in the road as you leave Brookgreen Gardens that is totally filled with bright purple hyacinths – it just makes you stop the car for a minute to admire it.

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  20. 15 inches here in our region of Maine, Judy. Thank you for choosing color and sending pictures of what’s to come…we need the promise of spring! I was just in Kentucky visiting Noah and the magnolias were blooming! Hope you are enjoying the warmth and sun to the nth degree!
    Coming to Maine this summer?

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    • I’ve sure been thinking about it. I just need to figure out a good time before or after the tourists flood the highway. It is always so funny if we head over the Piscataqua bridge on a Saturday morning. It looks like the lower part of New England all headed north to visit you. I know it is good for Maine tourism, but it sure keeps the locals at home. πŸ™‚ I wonder how many of us NH/ME bloggers might meet at your place for scones and coffee?

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  21. Absolutely stunning! And really inspiring to pull my finger out in the garden this weekend!!

    I’m amazed by the cardinal – we don’t have these guys in Old England – the colour is quite shocking!

    Thank you for sharing!

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  22. Norm 2.0 says:

    Oh how that color is all so encouraging. Great shots Judy.
    How much longer before you head back north?

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  23. Annie says:

    I needed to see these beautiful photos just to confirm there will be a variety of color in our world soon. All we have is the color white right now. Beautiful snowfall but the eyes grow weary of it.

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  24. Leona Course says:

    I agree Judy I lived in AZ but last year I moved back to my home state where it rains a lot! Gray skies make my mind and eyes tired!

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  25. Nancy says:

    Look at all that color dear friend!

    Spring here in the desert is taking its very slow time!

    Lack of rain perhaps?!?!

    Thanks for the lovely collage!

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  26. joey says:

    Wow on the snow and wow on the flowers, but in decidedly different ways!

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  27. debrapugh says:

    If there was any winter to be happy that you are down south this was certainly one of them!!!
    Beautiful blooms there πŸ™‚
    The snow plow and the mailbox….you can’t make this stuff UP! πŸ™‚

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  28. The Cardinal is my favorite! I’ve never ever seen one in real life.

    So, are you going to move to a warmer climate full time? Thank Heaven you have family at home to take of the knocked over mail box and stuff.

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    • The red male Cardinal is so beautiful he would need a photographer of your skill level to really capture his beauty. They always stop me in my tracks. πŸ™‚ Yes, family keeps things going on the home front thank heavens. No, we won’t move full time to a warmer climate because we love NH in the summer, but those winter months seem to get longer each year and spending three in SC seems to balance it out. πŸ™‚

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  29. Karen says:

    As beautiful as the snow is in New Hampshire, I’m glad you decided on color as your photos are quite lovely. More snow day, hopefully it will stop when it is time for you to head back home.

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  30. Brenda says:

    Well, it wasn’t the last blast of winter. The nor-easters just keep coming. Although I’m still enjoying winter, the color in your spring flowers is a welcome break from all the white around us here. When I lived in Georgia, March and April were my favorite months–all those gorgeous, fragrant blossoms. Lovely.

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  31. That’s just too much snow for March. Wouldn’t mind a trip to SC myself right about now.

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