Friday, April 11, 2014

Stop and smell

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My little Libby in the wadi, a flower among flowers.
For several generations now, Israeli children have been educated to let the wildflowers grow and never to pick them. 


But the photo did remind me of something our President Shimon Peres said in his Shabbat greetings on Facebook today.

Peres just returned from a very friendly official visit to China.
There, he writes,  he learned two wise sayings.

First:  The hand which offers a flower will be graced with  pleasing fragrance.

The second:  Be quick to open your eyes but slow to open your mouth.
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P.S. Click once, then once again, on the second photo.  What strange multi-colored flowers, no?!
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15 comments:

yael said...

i think those are not wild flowers, (sorry about my english, trying to do my best)
דינה
נראה לי שהפרחים בתמונה השניה אינם פרחי בר כי אם פרחים שהגיעו איכשהו לשדה.
קוראת מזה זמן רב את הבלוג שלך ומאוד מאוד נהנית. תודה

Dina said...

Shalom Yael! Yes, now that you mention it, I think you are right. Those extra-pretty flowers are probably what they call "volunteer flowers" whose seeds drifted over from someone's garden.

And your English is fine. No worries. Nice to see your blog.

Adullamite said...

Lovely and interesting flowers indeed!

William Kendall said...

The flowers, whatever they are, are quite pretty!

Hels said...

There is something magical about having enough rain that the ground is covered with green grass and wild flowers, rather than dead looking rock. Life is looking up! Chag sameach :)

Spiderdama said...

So beautiful flowers:-)
I like what Peres said.., he will come to Norway in May

VP said...

A good advice in the title and some very nice pictures in this post. Your Libby is lovely and those strange flowers are really beautiful.

Karl Demetz said...

Lovely place and so much green, I didn't expect...

Dina said...

Friends, yes, even the desert gets green in winter, our rainy season. But soon it will all turn brown for summer.

cieldequimper said...

Delightful post Dina!

13SJ said...

They are beautiful. They look like a flower that is grown widely here in Australia called "gazania". I used to have a lot in my old garden.

http://www.bhg.com/gardening/plant-dictionary/annual/gazania/

http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s1866699.htm

I don't know if they are for sure, but they look a lot like them.

Birdman said...

Both are quotes to relish.

crystal said...

Beautiful flowers. Are they Gazanias? ... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gazania .. It's green here too right now but by summer it will be dry and yellow.

Dina said...

Shalom 13SJ and Crystal, I never heard of Gazanias. They do look similar. Thanks.
Interesting that "The genus was named for Theodore of Gaza (13981478), who translated the botanical texts of Theophrastus from Greek into Latin."

Suzanne said...

Beautiful flowers, do you know what they are? Maybe the Jerusalem Botanical Garden would know. I'd love to paint them.