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Flowers and Fireworks in the garden

Fourth of JulyI’m a sucker for good ol’ American holidays, with the Fourth of July being right up there at the top of the list.  But with California’s severe drought amplifying threats of wildfire you won’t be seeing many firework shows this year.

But that’s okay.  This summer I’ve been organizing my zillions of garden photos and am seeing exploding fireworks everywhere.  Whether they’re grasses, flowers, seedpods or succulents all seem to shout ‘Happy Fourth of July!”

So enjoy my version of fireworks this year and have a safe and happy Independence Day!GreenBar


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We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
~ The Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776GreenBarsoap aloe flower

“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.”
~ Erma BombeckGreenBar

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  • Lovely flowers I just wish i knew what most of them were lol, I knew 2-3.. Oh well always learning! 🙂

    • Thanks Erika, and so sorry about the flower id! I’ve fixed the photos now so if you hover your cursor over the individual picture the plant’s name will pop up. Hope that helps!

  • How lovely to find fireworks in the garden. I am enjoying your beautiful photos. Happy 4th of July!

  • Awesome post Rebecca. You covered them all from the Pop-Pop-Pop of aeonium to the sparkling showers of palms. Your first photo reminds me of those days after 9/11 when flags flew from almost everything. Beautiful!

    Happy Fourth!

  • Love your pictures Rebecca! I love the way you use your love of plants for so many analogies of life. And you are a marvelous photographer. Happy 4th of July to you!

    • Wow, Cheryl, you’re making me blush – thank you!!! I’m glad you enjoyed my little post and happy 4th of July to you, too!

    • Thanks, Meschele! It’ll most likely be the only fireworks show I’ll see this year but it was definitely a good one! 🙂

  • Clever post, dear Rebecca. Certain flowers also look like Fourth of July sparklers when dried. Have you ever seen the amazing blooms of Boophane distichta? It’s a large bulb. Much more common are Nile lilies, fresh or dried, and they’re in bloom now. Lani Freymiller does a red-white-and-blue border with Nile lilies as the blue. (She hosts a Fourth of July picnic on her lawn every year.) Love the quotes, especially Erma Bombeck’s. Flies dying from happiness. Ha!

    • I thought you’d like that quote, Debra – seems like something you’d say! 🙂 I can only imagine how gorgeous Lani’s garden must look. I haven’t seen the Boophane distichta but am heading over to google right now…

  • wow—-so beautiful!
    Really so much like fireworks!! Well Done! 🙂

  • Fireworks for gardeners! My favorite is the Kniphofia or Red Hot Poker rocketing out of the ground. I’ll be seeing flowers in the firework displays from now on.

    • That was one of my favorites, too, Alice! Glad you liked my article and happy Fourth!

  • You are so clever! I love this fireworks in the garden post. I feel like I should be saying “Ohhh” and “Ahhhh” – like we do during a fireworks show.

    Have a wonderful 4Th!

    • Thanks Theresa – I felt the same way. Especially with the palm ‘beads’ that are showering down. I’m glad you enjoyed it! 🙂


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