Sunday, December 1, 2013

‘Rainbow Springs’ in Bloom!

It’s nice to enjoy the flowers that bloom year round here in Florida.

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Rainbow Springs State Park is a wonderful place to spend the day and we had temps in the 80s when we were there a few days ago.

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We saw hillsides of azaleas in full bloom.

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I haven’t learned all of the names of the flowers.

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And I don’t know what some of the bushes with berries are called.

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I do know that this one is Beautyberry.

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I’m joining Beautiful Sunday,

Seasonal Sundays,

Sundays in my City,

Mosaic Monday,

and Amaze me Monday!

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But they are all beautiful!

Do you recognize some of these?

47 comments:

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Lovely to see some colourful berries as we have a gentle snowfall outside. It's 34 F and was pretty walking the dog this morning. We're looking forward to our stay in Clearwater in February so please keep the warm temperatures for then. ;-)

Joyce Mayer said...

Merry December 1st Miss Lavender Dreams.

Hugs
Prudence

Where's Wendy?

Kathy said...

Beauty Berry! I have heard of it but never saw it before. No wonder the name. The color is beautiful. We have NO flowers here in the PNW now until the Camelias start to bloom in February.

TexWisGirl said...

you've got great color around you.

Tami said...

Pretty Purple! I wish it was still warm in my neck of the woods to enjoy flowers. Until then, I'll enjoy looking at yours, =)

Jeannie Marie said...

My mom has a Beauty Berry plant in her yard. My sister was just telling me to look for the red berries which grow wild. She picks them to decorate with at Christmas. I'm off today to Tampa, will look for azaleas!

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

Lovely colourful berries on the shrubs and trees.

Vee said...

The azalea I recognize, but that first photo of the berries in a string are so lovely...wonderful variations of color.

Montanagirl said...

Happy December to you my friend! They're all beautiful but I don't know any of them! LOL

Kathy said...

Beautiful flowers and berries even though I have no idea what most of them are. I would love for it to be in the 80s and be able to walk through an arboretum. It's in the 20s here in Philadelphia.

Have a great weekend.
Kathy@lookingatlifethroughmybifocals

Pamela Gordon said...

These are gorgeous blooms and I don't know any of them except for the Beauty Bush which I've seen on other blogs. They certainly don't grow up here! Have a great week Diane!

Dorothy said...

I rarely know the "name" of most plants/flowers but I know what I like! And I like these!

Patty Sumner said...

Oh, the beautiful colors...I love the orange honeysuckle...I have one here. Stopped blooming long ago. The purple berry is what I call a "pretty bush". I do not know the botanical name for it...Such lovelies to see during this season. Blessings!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

They are so pretty! I need to get out in our parks and see what is around here! Gorgeous Sunday share sweet Sis!
hugs,
Linda

Chel @ Sweetbriar Dreams said...

The beauty berry certainly lives up to its name. They don't look real. Your post has warmed me up after a very cold day :-) x

Susie said...

With all those pretty berries, I can imagine all the birds that would be there at the park. I can't believe the temperature :):) Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Trace4J said...

Beautiful Sunday wishes to you my friend.
Woolie Blessings tooo

Poppy said...

Diane, what a lovely surprise to click onto your blog and see these unique flowers and berries! The first one is so different; love the shape of it!

Thanks for sharing!

Poppy

Cathy Keller said...

Beautyberry! What an apt name!!! Nicely done and wishing you a wonderful week!

Helen Philipps said...

I really love colourful berries, and I really loved this post! Happy December!
Helen x

eileeninmd said...

Lovely and colorful berries, the mosaic is pretty. I would think the birds are very happy with all those berries. Have a happy week!

debra @ HOMESPUN said...

I have never seen nor heard of that purple berry before this! Lovely!

Learn something new every day, and especially in Blogland! :)

Olive said...

I know the birds there love all those berries.

StarTraci said...

Great pics! I think we might have a Beauty Berry growing in our yard. Have a good week.
:-)
Traci

EG CameraGirl said...

You do live in a paradise this time of year. ;)

Donna said...

Love those berries! I bet the birds love them too!

Jeanne said...

Now I know why people folks move down to Florida in the winter. Beautiful color!

Noelle the dreamer said...

Beauty Berry? I will have to check this one Diane!
Blessings,

Betty Luckhurst said...

I can't help with names, but the colors are just amazing!

Karen Doyle said...

wow- flowers at Christmas- how fantastic! I do not recognize many of them !
Karen

Musings from Kim K. said...

I always learn something new from your blog.

Sheila said...

Your mosaic is beautiful. The top left branches would be lovely in a Christmas Wreath.

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Such beautiful flowers. Reminds me of spring already, which is a long ways away.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

The colors of these flowers are so bright and beautiful, Diane!

Veronica Roth said...

Oh, I was going to jump up and down and shout beauty berry, beauty berry! I have two in the front garden although they don't have that lovely display that yours have. Love all these berries. I'm a berry girl int eh autumn. I want to get a pyrocantha next spring just for the berries. :) Hope you have a lovely week ahead and big hugs right back to you. :)

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

These berries would be lovely on a wreath - are you thinking of this Diane.
Gorgeous colour.
Shane

podso said...

Thank you for sharing the beauty of these berry bushes! And I hope you enjoy this week ahead! I also loved seeing your piano music for the holidays--I think I have some of these. Mine are also of that vintage!

Forest Dream Weaver said...

The colour of the Beautyberry looks amazing.Lovely collage...

Happy Monday!
Ruby

Dee @ A Lapin Life said...

So very pretty indeed! Florida does have some amazing plants. I loved seeing the berries and flowers.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

So beautiful ... we certainly are blessed with year-round beauty are we not! And I have another state park to add to my 'to be visited' list!!

Lorrie said...

I've seen the beauty berry around here, and azaleas. There's such a wonderful variety and diversity of flowering plants; it's just amazing.

G. S. said...

Thanks for sharing the pretty color!
Hard freeze here few nights ago and everything is limp.
Have a great week.

Diane Writes said...

Me too name mate :) Most of the beautiful flowers I see are nameless for me haha

So refreshing to see the December blooms! Thank you for forever linking up. Wishing you a great week and happy holidays!

Red Rose Alley said...

That Beautyberry looks amazing. I've never seen it before. Florida has some interesting looking flowers.

I have always thought that flowers are the magic in our lives.

Love,
~Sheri

Mary Howell Cromer said...

BEAUTIFUL!!! I have no idea what most plants are called either, but the one bush you showed with the deep lavender tiny berries, I have one in my side garden, and I am the one who bought it and planted it. I often times, just buy a plant for shade, or low sun and the colors~

Pondside said...

Well, I recognised Beauty Berry - we have it up here too. How lovely to have so much colour around. At this time of year we begin to yearn for colour against the big cedars.

Linda R said...

Sounds like you are having beautiful weather.. Such pretty photos.