Legendary Lenten Roses Never Looked Like This Before

Bare branches against a flat sky, image by Carol Schiraldi of Carol's Little World
“Bare branches against a winter sky” by Carol Schiraldi, 2024

It’s the season of Lenten Roses, isn’t it? So, I should be all happy and floral. Yes, flowers are coming. Time for spring! Euf, hold on just a minute. Winter, you see, is not quite ready to let go of us just yet. Sure, the Lenten roses are starting to bloom and, yes, flowers will be here soon, but there are still some fabulous bare branches out there to be found. Case in point, these were over at my garden center or as I call it my borrowed garden.

Images like this are really a case study of lines. The lines seem to go on forever, don’t they? It’s bare branches against a winter sky. You really can’t get much more winter than this right here, without burying yourself in a snow drift. Even if you were to bury yourself in a snow drift, you might still wind up seeing something like this. It’s what winter looks like from the ground below, isn’t it? The leaves have gone and left us!

Gardens in winter can be fascinating places. You get to see the structure of the garden. You get to see the shape of the trees, you get to see the spaces in-between; sometimes, if you are lucky, you get to see the first buds of spring. It’s all there waiting for you, in the garden. It can be hard to want to visit this time of year. Seems like spring is a world away, but it’s not. It’s really not.

The pretty flowers will come another day. For those of you wondering, yes, I did make it over to my garden center and, yes, I did manage to take a few images of the early flowers, but the bare branches? The bare branches still draw me in this time of year. I’m not quite ready to let go of the winter view just yet, I suppose. Something about the bare branches draws the artist in me closer, wanting to take a closer look, and to enjoy this season while it’s here.

Gearing up for travel so luck and circumstance will find me in the tropics in a short time. I’ll be ready for the vibrant colors and warm sunshine that brings. For now, I’m enjoying the last of the winter views and I hope you do too. Spring will be here soon enough, right?

Until next time…

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