Monday 13 September 2010

Bloom-a-day: Ranunculus

The landscape here in Australia is bursting forth with the fresh and hopeful signs of a new Spring. The country, in general, has had an especially wet Winter, so that much of the parched inland is now a lush green, and waterways that have not flowed in years are gushing with new life.

For each day of this week, I thought I would post images of some of my Spring blooms. And as a small gift, from my garden to you, I will load some in a large enough format for you to use as wallpaper on your computer if you so desire!

So let's start with a show-stopper for today's bloom - the brilliant cherry red of ranunculus.
I love to grow these flowers. I love that something so stunning and cheerful can emerge from such a weird and apparently barren little brown claw of a beginning:
I have posted instructions for using these images as desktop wallpaper on a new page on my blog. Just click on the 'Wallpapers' tab at the top of this post. Hopefully, it will work!
I will be back tomorrow with a another glimpse of Spring on this side of the world. 
And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.

~Percy Bysshe Shelley, "The Sensitive Plant"
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