Friday, April 8, 2011

Blooming Friday ~ Eye Candy


In the spring there is eye candy everywhere ~ on the ground, in the air, and everywhere in between.

Do these flowers not have a delicious quality about them?

This lilac was supposed to be a white common lilac (Syringa vulgaris), but I think it's a vulgaris hybrid instead judging from the early bloom time ~ perhaps Syringa x hyacinthiflora, a S. oblata and vulgaris hybrid, or Syringa x chinensis, a Syringa x persica and vulgaris hybrid. Like the common lilac it's sweetly fragrant.


Florida Azalea literally smells like candy ~ cotton candy, with a hint of clove.


The mauve stamens add an extra touch of elegance
to the white clustered flowers of Aronia arbutifolia.


Toothwort ~ finally blooming again this year! I love this plant. It's both delicate and
showy at the same time. The clusters of buds are as lovely as the flowers.


The white Piedmont Azalea is almost half open now, with the pink ones soon to follow.


Woodland phlox: purple 'Louisiana' on the left, 'Fragrant Cloud' on the right and some 'London Grove Blues' in the middle. There's mixed-up seedlings too, so almost every shade of blue and lavender is represented.







Happy Friday, and join Katarina at roses and stuff for Blooming Friday, where the theme this week is "eye candy".


34 comments:

  1. Lovely candies!
    Have a nice weeend, Eva Linnea

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  2. So nice to look at all your pictures. I have lilacs in my garden, as a "hedge" around my green house. The other flowers you show I have not seen before. Woodland phlox looks beautiful. /Anette

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  3. That lilac is soooo lovely. I havent seen it lilac near me, always far and cant be touched. I hae the attraction to bluish and violet flowers, so these are my favorites. Your photos are beautiful too.

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  4. Lovely eye candys!!
    Have a nice day!!

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  5. Sweetbay,
    The Piedmont Azalea really is sweet isn't it. Do you have a problems with the woodland phlox being eaten by the natives? We have one that was nibbled nearly to the ground Meg suspects Mourning Doves or squirrels, we have it caged now.

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  6. Oh my gosh, what beauty. Those purple colors just jump out and grab my heart. I love the Aronia arbutifolia also with its purple stamens.

    I always come away from your posts feeling refreshed and inspired.

    FlowerLady

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  7. So beautiful, Sweet Bay! I can almost smell those lilacs through my computer.

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  8. Really pretty eye candy for sure. Love the color.

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  9. You got the eye candy right! Love all the shades of blue/purple on the Phlox....nose candy too..

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  10. You do have a lot of eye candy. I love the fragrance of lilac and miss it - there are lilac hybrids that bloom here, but generally don't look as lush as the ones farther north. I have not had luck with them. Yours is beautiful.

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  11. Lovely pictures you show us. Have a nice weekend/Gela

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  12. True sweets for friday evening, really pretty eye candys today :)

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  13. Oh Sweet Bay, Delicious indeed! I am just so amazed at the differences in our gardens right now. We still have patches of snow and very few bulbs in bloom. Your garden is so lush and your photographs open a world of light and loveliness to all who are lucky to visit you. Enjoying both this and your last post. Beautiful photographs of your magical garden. Have a lovely weekend.

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  14. Happy Friday, Sweetbay and hope you have a wonderful weekend. Lovely blossoms of which we anticipate. The rain has given us a bit of reprieve today and perhaps tomorrow... so what am I doing inside? ;)

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  15. You have realy fund gardencandy :) /Suss

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  16. You do have a lot of eye - and nose! - candy.
    Lilacs and azaleas. Ah, I can almost catch their scent.

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  17. Beautiful candy colours, and you have some very interesting plants I've not seen before; thanks for visiting my tulips. Christina

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  18. I love the Flower and your photos are very beautiful.

    A joy to watch.

    Thank you ... and wish you a beautiful spring day full of colorful fragrance ...

    Sincerely, Sonia

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  19. I love any flowers in shades of purple/blue/pink mixed together. So hard to describe exactly because the colours seem to change while you look at them.
    Have a good weekend.

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  20. Beautiful candies and ones that don't add calories!
    I adore the blue flowers in any garden and although the lilacs excite me in Spring it is the woodland phlox that catches my interest today. Note to self:Plant some woodland pholx seeds in my own NEW woodland garden!Love these ideas you give me. A gardener just learning about woodlands.
    BTW when at my blog did you see the post recently about the "FOUL"..you must!

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  21. Jennifer@threedogsinagarden
    Everything is your garden looks so fresh! I think it is all the blue/purple flowers. Blooming lilacs! I can only dream of them yet- everything here is still pretty brown, but I am hopeful that spring as finally arrived. Today promises to be warm and sunny. Finally, I can venture out into the garden.

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  22. I was also surprised to find Lilacs in bloom already - you'r way ahead of us! Love the scent of Lilacs... And as for eye candy - your Phlox is Number one!

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  23. Wow..super gorgeous post..such beautiful blooms..thanks for sharing all of this garden eye candy!!
    Kiki

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  24. I so miss the fragrance of lilacs. A true childhood memory from when we lived in NY. I am envious that you have some that are blooming and are fragrant!
    Just purchased some native azaleas, can't wait for them to be in the ground and happy.

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  25. What beautiful photos and flowers! My lilacs are still covered with tight buds and haven't leafed out yet. I have them planted by a window so I can enjoy the fragrance even if I'm inside. :o)

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  26. My Lilac is blooming now. No idea which variety it is, beautiful all the same.

    your Woodland Phlox is a showstopper.

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  27. Oh, I do love the scent of lilacs - one of my very favourite times of the year! Your white Piedmont Azalea is a stunner, btw - wow!

    Nice to see such sweetness in your garden. ;)

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  28. Gorgeous and sweet scented eye candy! Isn't spring fantastic! gail

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  29. Your exuberant garden is a delight, and it must smell wonderful! I planted a bunch of woodland phlox this spring, and I want more! I also love your native azaleas. I have only a couple of small ones and am waiting for them to grow up enough to bloom. Thanks for sharing your lovely photos!

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