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Flower Festivals Around the World

There is something joyful and inspiring about the burst of color and delicately perfumed air that accompanies the arrival of springtime flowers. Here are five incredible flower festivals from around the world.

If your own garden is slow to bud, grab a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy scrolling through these gorgeous photos. You might find one that’s just right for a new screensaver.

Fuji Shibazakura Festival (Japan)



Skagit Valley Tulip Festival (Washington, USA)



Flower Carpet (Belgium)



National Cherry Blossom Festival (Washington DC, USA)



Canadian Tulip Festival (Canada)



What is your favorite springtime or flower celebration?

Happy Mother's Day Wishes...a few days early!

This blog post brings special Mother’s Day wishes to all my female readers! I believe all women play a role in nurturing and raising children so take time to honor yourself and celebrate your role as a mother, mentor, guide, teacher and role model!

What is your favorite way to spend leisure time? What activities invigorate your spirit and soul? Is it curling up with a good book? Preparing a large meal for family and friends? Girls’ night out?

I am fortunate in that I am able to pursue several interests that fuel my passion and zest for live. Storytelling is one. Gardening is another. During this time of year, the outdoors are a vibrant collage of colors and scents and textures! These are a few of the flowers that greet me when I enter my garden.

b362f54e-b794-412e-9b59-e3bf10c8a145I’m also inspired by the young children I meet on the Pike Place Market tours I guide. But my first love was and is the performing arts. I trained as a jazz singer and dancer during my youth and have performed many roles with the Seattle Opera Company and Pacific Northwest Ballet. In April, I performed in the PNB’s production of Swan Lake.

JD NLWishing you a happy Mother’s Day filled with friendship, love and relaxation!

You say that's a flower?

As I sit down to write this blog, there are 23 days, 8 hours and 9 minutes until Spring 2015. With the record-setting snowfall in the Northeast and bone-numbing cold across the country, I think it’s safe to say we’re all ready for springtime and a cheerful burst of color.

If you haven’t noticed, there are some flowers that look like, well, other things. Take a look at these buds and tell me what you see. I’ll post the answers as a comment under this blog post on my Facebook page.

1. Dracula Simia








2. Orchis Italica








3. Psychotria Elata

Hooker's lips







4. Impatiens Bequaertii

Flower picture from Laurie dancing ladies







5. Impatiens Psittacina








6. Antirrhinum








7. Peristeria Elata








By the way, you can keep track of the countdown to spring by visiting this website: