Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Rabih Festival (Spring Festival) in Dammam, Saudi Arabia; and Other Floral Celebrations

A bee collects pollen from a lemon blossom in a public park in Amman, Jordan March 31. (Ali Jarekji/Reuters)

While some of us have been celebrating brief flirtations with temperatures up to 10C, and dreading the inevitable final snow smack down, others have been celebrating spring with the first flowers of March-April.

Rabih Festival, Dammam, Saudi Arabia

A group of women take photos of flowers at King Abdullah Park during the Rabih Festival in Dammam, Saudi Arabia April 1. (Zaki Ghawas/Reuters)

A family visits the King Abdullah Park during the Rabih Festival (Spring Festival) in Dammam, 350 km (217 miles) east of Riyadh April 1, 2011. (REUTERS/Zaki Ghawas)

Families visit the King Abdullah Park during the Rabih Festival (Spring Festival) in Dammam, 350 km (217 miles) east of Riyadh April 1, 2011. (REUTERS/Zaki Ghawas)

A girl holds a pot of flowers at King Abdullah Park during the Rabih Festival (Spring Festival) in Dammam, 350 km (217 miles) east of Riyadh April 1, 2011. (REUTERS/Zaki Ghawas)

Nobody Does Cherry Blossoms Better

A tourist wearing a flower garland stands in front of Beijing's Tiananmen Gate March 31. (Jason Lee/Reuters)

A bird sits on the branch of a cherry tree surrounded by pink blossoms at Tokyo's Ueno Park on April 2. Cherry blossoms, symbols of the fleeting nature of life, are blooming in Tokyo but many of the usual boisterous parties will be cancelled as Japan deals with the recent earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters. (Yoshhikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images)

A cherry tree blossoms in front of the Japanese Cultural Institute in Cologne, western Germany on March 22. (Rolf Vennenbernd/AFP/Getty Images)

Cherry trees bloom during the National Cherry Blossom Festival along the Tidal Basin in Washington April 2. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Visitors to a calligraphy stone park enjoy the good weather on the eve of Qingming, or Tomb Sweeping Day, in Beijing April 4. (Ng Han Guan/Associated Press)

A woman takes pictures of cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin March 29 in Washington, DC. As many as one million people are expected to stream through the Mall esplanade area during the Cherry Blossom Festival from March 26 through April 10. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

Flowers of "The Arab Spring"

A Libyan mourner places a flower at the funeral of the people who were killed after air strikes by coalition forces at the martyrs' cemetery in Tripoli March 24. (Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters)

Libyans hold up flowers to welcome a Turkish ship arriving from Misrata to the port of Benghazi to evacuate the wounded on April 3. The Turkish vessel is taking hundreds of people wounded in the Libyan uprising for treatment in Turkey from the two cities of Misrata and Benghazi. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)

A Yemeni army soldier, with flowers received from protesters, stands guard to protect anti-government protesters during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa March 23. Yemen opposition groups called on protesters to march on Saleh's Sanaa palace to force him out, hoping to end a crisis his allies abroad fear will benefit Islamic militants. (Ammar Awad/Reuters)

A Libyan holding a flower joins others during the funeral in Tripoli March 20 for those who were killed by coalition forces air strikes. (Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters)

Flowers of Honour

Bouquets and wreaths of flowers are displayed on the steps of the Monaco cathedral, before the funeral of Princess Antoinette, late Prince Rainier's sister of Monaco March 24. Princess Antoinette March 18 in Monaco. (Lionel Cironneau/Pool photo/Associated Press)

Gabriel Funes, the three-year-old son of El Salvador's President Mauricio Funes and his wife Vanda Pignato wait with a bouquet of flowers for the arrival of US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama at the National Palace in San Salvador March 22. (Jason Reed, Reuters)

Russian fashion designer Antonina Shapovalova receives flowers at the end of the presentation of her collection during the Fashion week in Moscow on April 2. (Natalia Kolesnilova/AFP/Getty Images)

A bouquet of flowers at a temporary mass grave site for victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Higashi-Matsushima, in Miyagi prefecture, northern Japan March 24. (Yuriko Nakao/Reuters)

Spring Bulbs

A couple relax amongst daffodil flowers in St James's Park on March 29 in London, England. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

A woman sits on a bench in a park wher hundreds of crocus flowers bloom in the warm sunny weather in the western city of Duesseldorf March 21. (Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images)

A bee flies to a crocus flower on a warm, sunny early spring day in Warsaw, Poland March 31. (Czarek Sokolowski/Associated Press)

Some of us--for the time being--must content ourselves thusly:

From Holland Acres, nursery, New Jersey

Photos from Daylife and The Big Picture.

Your comments, thoughts, impressions, floral experiences thus far this spring?

A daisy floats in a rain barrel on April 4 in Kaufbeuren, southern Germany. (Karl Josef Hildenbrand/AFP/Getty Images)

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