A time for flowers

I am such a show off!
The garden is blooming and the birds and the bees are so happy. It is so unbearably hot though.  But I love to walk around and water my beauties one by one and talk to them. The daisies are glorious and the dahlias are vying with them. The roses have finally started blooming too. These day lilies add such vibrancy to the garden.
All is right it seems.







I grow daisies (below) because Saadi loves daisies.


This plant is a flowering Cilantro. I just let it grow wild, and use the lower part of the plant and leaves to use in my cooking.




The “Purple Girl” in the back is drooping with the heat. I need to trim that bush.






That’s all folks. Have a beautiful day.


About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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26 Responses to A time for flowers

  1. slmret says:

    How beautiful, Zakiah — this is a real ray of light in the midst of a very sad week! Thank you!

    • Zakiah says:

      That was the reason for me to post this here Janet. I touched on that in my replies to Dian (whyzat), and Matt (nocturnaltwins) below. Some distraction, ANY distraction, helps.

  2. Tree says:

    Your flowers are beautiful! I love your pink roses. I don’t have any roses in my yard. My mom has a pink rose bush that has been there for about 100 years and it smells so wonderful. Maybe I’ll think about putting in a rose bush.

    • Zakiah says:

      I have always grown roses. I have about 35 different old antique roses in my yard. Every year I lose a couple or so due to the harshness of winter. Sometimes I replace them, other times I plant something else in their place. I am glad that the roses in your mother’s yard smell heavenly. Personally, I feel the flowers (roses included) do not smell as intoxicating as the one at home in India. It’s the tropics for you! Same thing with fruits. The mangoes, papayas and other fruits here never taste as sweet as those at home.
      I hope you do plant a couple of rose bushes at home. It’s a joy to see them bloom.

  3. mrswrangler says:

    Very pretty flowers. I need to weed my bed again

  4. jstnotherday says:

    Ahhh…. so beautiful. I feel I have just had a joyous walk in a garden. I am glad that you are a ‘show off’. 🙂 I chuckled, and smiled, when I read that.

    • Zakiah says:

      Thanks Lynn. I am happy that my flowers made you smile. They are only a part of what I have here in the garden. There are so many other kinds of plants and flowers that grow here. If only we could get some good showers. 😦

  5. whyzat says:

    Beautiful! Your garden looks like a place of happiness, and we need such places!

    • Zakiah says:

      You are so right Dian. When the heart is down and feels like a ton of bricks in the small cavity of the chest, we need something to distract us from the horror of the times. I loved your insightful comment. Thank you.

    • Zakiah says:

      I thought I was ‘following’ you Dian, but not able to anymore. What do I do to get to your blog here?

  6. Absolutely beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing these photos. My mama loves daisies too–it’s her favorite flower. This post just makes me smile. Love and hugs.

  7. The flowers remind us that there is still a ton of beauty in this world. A garden doesn’t look right without the variety of flowers. It needs many different flowers for it to be beautiful. It’s my awkward attempt to write something meaningful.

    • Zakiah says:

      And I get it Mattie! In one of my speeches to a group of people I had drawn the analogy of people of different colors and races to a bouquet of flowers.
      I have been thinking of you and my other beautiful friends a lot and praying that you have some kind of peace, closure or what ever it is, that you can find, just so you would be able to hold your head up and not be drowned in sorrow.
      I love you dear friend. Thank you for your beautiful comment.

  8. kaylar says:

    Beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing your beauties. and you. (-:

  9. Humor_Me_Now says:

    Lovely yard and plants. I reprimanded my gardener today!! My rose plant has no yellow roses at all and it looks AWFUL!! The othe rose plants and doing bad. He said that he had not noticed!!!! It is my yellow rose plant. I want some action.

    My wfie HATES cilantro and makes sure it is not in her food when we eat out. Lol

    Hope you are having a nice day. Our cleaning lady is hear today.



    • Zakiah says:

      I don’t think I can cook anything without adding cilantro. I wonder why she hates it. It is such a good and healthy herb.
      I hope your yellow rose bush survives. May be the gardener needs to remove all the dead roses and prune it a bit. Good luck.

  10. It’s been a rough sad week for all of us. 😦 I’ve felt so burdened and discouraged, too. I’ve tried to renew those things that keep me going…faith, courage, hope, etc…I blogged about them, related to my nighttime walk. But, it’s still been difficult.
    If I had written about my daytime walk…I would have mentioned the flowers I love seeing every day. And, like your flowers, they bring me joy. Thank you for sharing your garden!
    I love your daisies and your roses…and are those purple ones (photo #2) some kind of “mum”? Those are perfection! I find daisies to be friendly, and roses to be regal. And your mention of birds and bees made me smile. 🙂
    (((HUGS))) and ❤ to you, SweetZ! 🙂

  11. marica0701 says:

    You have every right to be proud of your stunning flowers! We have day-lilies in a few different colors and I love them.

    And yummm, cilantro!!

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