Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Love-Hate Relationships

Spring has definitely "sprung" around here...

We've already suffered the oak and pine pollen, 

feasted our eyes on Tababuia trees in their golden splendor, 

avoided the bees as they buzzed the bottlebrush trees,

Smiled as we walked past the riot of color of the neighborhood azaleas,

(these photos are from my new friend, Katy)

and reveled in the luxurious purple of the jacaranda trees (My boys always called this tree a "Jack and Anne-da" tree, in honor of their aunt and uncle.)

 And we survived...and loved every minute of the color show.  

After all that...and the many boxes of KLEENEX TISSUE... unscented of course....we have to enjoy the beautiful blooms of Confederate Jasmine and Gardenias.....and their (AH_CHOO!) scents.

Now I have to admit, there is much beauty to these flowers...and I truly like looking at them. BUT...I hate having a headache and sinus pressure so great that my teeth ache. I have single-handedly kept Sudafed and Tylenol in business since these two beauties...and the viburnum hedges...began blooming. Their heady scent is so strong, I can hardly take my poor Rowdy for a walk... Even HE is sneezing!!! and scratching...and dripping from his eyes...

I know...I know...This season will end soon....then we'll have...
HURRICANES! Yippee (said in a disgusted tone). I love hate Florida!!! At least we have lots of sunshine, beaches and warm winters...and no snow!


*Several of these photos were found on flickr

I am linking up with Outdoor sure to stop by.


Kathy Walker said...

Beautiful flowers! Allergies are not sorry you are plagued with them.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Jane, I just wrote a long post and LOST it. ARGH! It was so fun, too! ;-)

I will be sure to not get any scented flowers in the house. No roses. See? That helps me decide on a consistent party theme. THANKS!
We're back to spring and possibly tulips and maybe even silks.

I can't wait to meet you. Saturday can't get here fast enough!


Sheila :-)

Shellbelle said...

Honey, you need to start eating some local honey, to chase those allergies away. Let's see, I can't think of any honey farms in Pinellas, other than the one I had at my house when the bees decided to move into the wall!

See you Saturday!!!!!

Painting workshop said...

Great work posting these pictures! I like the flowers, they are wonderful! Spring has definitely come!...Daniel

It's Just Dottie said...

I live in Texas , I know what you mean! Cute post!

Light and Voices said...

Definately a colorful post this week. Take care. See you next week.
Joyce M

Old Time Cindy said...

Sorry you have to suffer with allergies. Lots of beautiful blooms though!

Donnie said...

I used to work for an allergist and saw so many suffering this time of year. Thanks for braving the pollen and taking those beautiful photos.

Hootin' Anni said...

I remember when I first saw the Jack and Ann-da tree bloom. The beauty blew me away.

Love your Springtime photo share.

Sylvia K said...

Gorgeous flowers and flowering trees! I do love them all! I also know all too well about allergies!! And I do appreciate your braving them to take such beautiful photos!


aspiritofsimplicity said...

we are so far behind you. The trees are just starting to bloom here.

rjerdee said...

Yep, these beauties are real show-stoppers!!! Shellebelle says you and the gals have a date on Saturday...busy weekend for you what with the royal wedding and all :) Have a great weekend!!!
Say hi to everyone from me :) said...

Warm winters......there is nothing better Jane.