Flowers from Today: Sweet, Sweet, Sweet

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Here are more southern beauties from my trip to North Carolina a few weeks ago. The top one (What is the name? Alas, I do not know.) is just down the road from my parents' home. It was very fragrant even though it had not blossomed. The bottom one made me think of the plant that Morticia Adams used to feed meat, though it smelled really, really good. In fact, the fragrance was strong enough to mitigate the we-have-no-secrets aroma of low tide. The shades and depths of the greens were delightful.

Today's Flowers

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  1. The top one looks like a rhododendron to me. Oh, how I wish I could grow them here! And the second may be an azalea. Both have gorgeous blossoms! But I like their leathery evergreen leaves as well.

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  2. Sandy
    Besides the image you present a beautiful poetry!
    You have a great sensitivity!
    Thanks for sharing
    A good week for you.

    Luiz

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  3. Reminds me of rhododendron, but they are usually not fragrant (at least mine are not).

    Love all the greens of spring!

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  4. North Carolina....Ah, Sandy...I remember my trip to there, many years ago..
    have a nice day
    http://graceolsson.com/blog/2010/05/what-is-essential-is-invisible-to-the-eye/

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  5. Took me back in time to North Carolina too.
    Have a great Sunday
    JJ

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  6. ah the gifts of spring are all over

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  7. Pretty flowers and wonderful scents. This is so typical of spring.

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  8. Those are both lovely Sandy. I agree with EG Wow about the top looking like a rhododendron but I don't think of those as growing on the NC coast. They are in the NC mountains and even in central NC where I live but I don't think they grow well in eastern NC where the coast is. I could be wrong though as they do look like rhododendron.

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  9. What can it be?
    Please let us know when the flowers come out:)
    Great pictures!!
    - Cheers Gisela.

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  10. The leaves look like rhody but not really sure until I see the flowers open up. Either way, they are lovely, Sandy!

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  11. Love all the greens, great pics :)

    marinela x x

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  12. Lovely as always. I'd sure like to be able to smell them. Don't you have that iSmell widget installed yet?

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  13. I love the sweet smelling plants and bushes. Sandy, you always have a wonderful way with words.

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  14. Isn't that top one a magnolia? Lovely whatever it is!

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  15. I agree with EG Wow..The top one looks like a rhododendron. Unique shot of the leaves and buds.

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  16. Marvelous colors and so beautiful against that very blue sky! Terrific captures as always, Sandy! Enjoy your day!

    Sylvia

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  17. The second photo got me, green against the blue sky makes a very strong impression!

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  18. Don't really know what plant it is. They can grow so many more things in NC than here in Connecticut.

    There are many small leaf (lepidotes) rhododendron with fragrant leaves. They usually have scales under the leaves for ID purposes. You usually have to get pretty close or crunch a couple up to really smell it.

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  19. I wish I had 'smell a screen' so I could enjoy the scents that you did.

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  20. Great scent I imagine!
    My share for Today's Flower

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  21. Sandy: Congrats on joining the team, what a neat remembrance of the trip.

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  22. At first I though the top one was a magnolia then I remembered the flowers usually come before the leaves. Then I wondered if it could be a gardenia as you said it smells sweet but I really don't know for sure. A

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  23. aloha,

    it looks like a rody to me also...not sure about the bottom one, no-one has mentioned anything about that?

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  24. I don't know what they are, but, if they smell good, I'll take them!

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  25. A wonderful post Sandy, two very lovely photographs and I love that brilliant blue sky in your second photo.

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  26. When I read the title of your post I thought of Yellow Warblers singing. What can I say. I am a bird brain. tee hee....

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  27. How wonderful spring is!!

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  28. I am loving spring...if the snow would just finally go away...had more today!! Sheesh!
    The greens are fabulous!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  29. Love learning about flowers I have never seen! You have soem interesting ones!

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  30. Not sure what it is. I am sure someone would know, though. Makes a great photo.

    Nuts in May

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  31. Great shots of unusual plants for me, I can't say what they are.

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  32. Very beautiful flower plants.

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  33. I wish I knew the names, too. I love fragrant plants the very best. Love the deep blue sky behind.

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  34. What wonderful images of the plants, Sandy. Beautiful colors too.

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  35. Anonymous2:20 AM

    they look fantastic. wonderful photography

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  36. I unfortunately don't know but certainly a delight to look at!

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  37. Beautiful photos and a lovely bush. It is heard to identify it if the blossoms are not open.
    Have a nice week!

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  38. Pretty flowers. happy TF!

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  39. Great shots.
    I look forward to see when it flowers.

    Have a nice day
    Gunilla

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  40. Wonderfully contrasting greens for sure. And to my mind, every green thing smells richer down south.
    Life is good, yes?

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