Flowers for Dale

For my friend Dale, some red flowers to melt the ice this winter:

Blog Photo - Garden - Red begonias in pot2

These flowers are to remind you that spring follows winter and summer follows spring, and you’ll be able to stroll in the garden and smell the flowers.

Blog Photo - Garden - Lawn Bee Balm and hosta

I hope.

Blog Photo - Verandah - Bee Balm Single

Dale – like many other Canadians this February – is bravely but unhappily bearing up under the brutal cold and snow.

Blog Photo - Garden - Red fernleaf peony

“Yup…. snowed under.

Frozen as the brass balls on the proverbial monkey — effing February.  

I did take time from shoveling, freezing and ranting to note that you didn’t make it here this month.  Not surprised.  There’s a reason bears hibernate.  

It all makes me want to eat donuts and I don’t even like donuts! ”

Cheer up, Dale!

Blog Photo - Garden - Bee Balm Splendour

These red Bee Balm are meant to be a balm for your winter-weary spirit.

Blog Photo - Garden - Red Bee Balm and purple clems

But I think Dale may have already lost her sense of humour over this winter weather:

“Today the sun is shining but ‘extreme cold warning’….

I wish those people on the radio would piss off…. we know it’s cold… enuf already.  

Remind me:  why did you leave Jamaica??” 

Blog Photo - Garden - Red Wiegela

Dale, thanks for making me smile. I hope these flowers do the same for you. Deo Volente, better days are ahead!

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Dedicated to Dale and everyone who is trying to get through this cold weather.



Filed under A Good Home, Cold weather dreams of gardening, Dreaming of spring and summer, Red bee balm flowers

42 responses to “Flowers for Dale

  1. How kind and fun. Why did you leave Jamaica? I’m about ready for more southern climes myself and I live in Arkansas! This too shall pass. 🙂
    hugs and flowers to warm the heart. Thanks Cynthia.

    • There are days, I wonder…. did you know that Canada once expressed interest in buying the Turks and Caicos Islands? Canadians were thrilled – till we discovered that we couldn’t actually move the islands to Canada….

  2. Hope Dale likes the flowers and reminder that Spring will follow Winter as it always does. I’m looking forward to that! I don’t like donuts either but may just eat one too!

  3. thank you for these beautiful photos of flowers was more like spring arrives 😉

  4. Well, the flowers aren’t for me, but I sure did enjoy seeing them, Cynthia. Thank you for adding some warmth to these cold days. Wind chill this morning -25. Tomorrow supposed to be -30. Burrrr… Stay warm and safe. 🙂

  5. Surely that should cheer her up! What a good friend you are!

  6. What beautiful flowers! You have a kind heart Cynthia. I am so sorry Canada and the USA are suffering such bitter cold. I hope it hasn’t made you ill or depressed.

  7. Hi Cynthia, they are really lovely flowers and thoughts for your friend Dale, I they do the trick and that you finally get a break from the cold weather.

  8. hmmm, lovely flowers…I can almost smell them, hear the bees buzzing and feel the warm sun on my skin…ah, just a few weeks more. Right..for now…I am of putting on my three layers, hat, mufflers, fake fur and put charley her coat on…she wants to go walkies…brrrr. when I come home I will look at your photos again;0) xo Johanna

  9. Flowers and a comfy chair, what a kind friend. Hope the spring springs soon!

  10. The reds and purples together are one of my favorite garden combos–gorgeous:).

  11. As terrible a winter as we’ve seen here it’s easy to forget what our Canadian friends must be going through. Spring is right around the corner. Hang in there!

  12. I, for one, am quite happy about your harsh weather, because it has brought lovely Canadians to my Christchurch neighborhood. Where would I be without my Canadian dentist, my Canadian vet and my lovely Canadian friend? ( That’s really taking complaining to a new level, isn’t it, when you prefer earthquakes to snow? ) 😀 😀 Hope you warm up soon.

  13. What a sensational post! Love your friend dale! Flowers for her too from me in NZ! 😃

  14. Right now, it’s very hard to believe that spring will ever come–but your flowers help. I love seeing the peony because I love my peonies and now I can imagine them waiting, under the snow, planning their appearance!

  15. Yuk! I hope you have warm stuff soon. I am growing tired of the cold too, but I can cope when the sun shines. Also it is spring here. There are bulbs, crocuses and the birds are singing REALLY loudly. 🙂 all the best for a spring for you soon.



  16. Thanks Cynthia! Love the flowers in the winter. Someday want to visit Jamaica!!

  17. Margaret Mair

    Ah yes, the cold. We have taken temporary refuge, first with family and now with friends, to escape having to travel as far as we usually do in it. Friends have generally been a great help in getting us through this winter – and now the lovely warmth of flowers and warm wishes for your friend Dale help just a little bit more. May the weather grow warmer soon and quickly, and the challenges of winter fade away!

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