I grew up in Los Angeles with birds of paradise growing in my backyard. I remember dancing before them as if they were the brightest birds of Hollywood. I loved those exotic flowers, and didn't think of them as exotic until I moved to the East Coast. Then, they were only to be seen in flower shops. As for blue roses, those were obviously only roses in a dream. Until, I was gifted with the most beautiful birds of paradise and blue roses. What an inspiration!
In the winter, I forget how wonderful the spring can be. I forget until the cherry blossoms, tulips and forsythia bloom. Then it is wondrous. The lady in the green hat is blooming au naturel along with the cherry blossoms, tulips and forsythia.