The Gift of Flowers

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I have always loved a gift of flowers – good for any occasion and especially on an ordinary day when you receive a gift of flowers just because someone is thinking of you. This spring I gifted myself and splurged on six flats of pansies and three flats of geraniums, one coreopsis, bee balm, and Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia). The gardens are filled with color! 20200519_081542

Birthday gifts include a colorful array of flowers, and Monday an arrangement from my husband that reminded me of strolls down the garden walk at Longwood Gardens in early 20200519_081453May. Blues, purples, and whites – stunning!

I hope to find and plant Liriope because it is a great perennial for sun or shade. It is grown primarily for its foliage with violet flowers in August. Of course, canna lilies for my hummingbirds!  They are low maintenance and easy to grow, and their flowers and foliage offer long-lasting color in the garden and keep the hummingbirds coming to our garden. Flower color may be red, orange or yellow, and I plant mostly red but all colors are represented.

We all love flowers because they are beautiful and offer sweet scents, but for me, flowers are a mood changer. When I receive flowers, I feel happiness wrap around me like a warm blanket.  Flowers can improve your overall worse mood and lift your spirits. Waking up to a gorgeous arrangement of flowers around you on your nightstand will start your day off right. I like to place a bouquet on my kitchen table and wherever I have a writing space.

Should you send a gift of flowers bouquet to your loved ones? I say yes! May is a perfect month to send flowers to friends, family, or that special someone in your life.

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11 thoughts on “The Gift of Flowers

  1. Lynne,
    We are kindred spirits! Flowers are such a gift whether in the garden, along a trail, or on the table. This post reminded me of the first weeks of the Safer-at-Home order. My daffodils didn’t know COVID-19 was around and waved cheerily to me each morning. Finally, I went out and cut some and brought them to my kitchen table and, now, office. How the lifted my spirits. I brought them in once a week for 4 weeks! They were a gift from God to my sad soul.
    Thanks for sharing and reminding us of how flowers enrich our lives. Loved the photos, too.

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    • Daffodils are my favorites! I planted five more bunches this March. They really brighten my mood. When I taught horseback riding at All Around Farms, the long driveway took me past a field of daffodils belonging to the house that sat next to Gypsy Hill Road. I cannot have too much of flowers and miss walks right now in Longwood Gardens which is truly amazing!

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    • I had the same reaction to the daffodils this year. It reminded me that even though we are all going through a hard time, it is not war time, where we would be surrounded by broken buildings and concrete dust and debris. Our homes are safe and nature is flourishing. That is such a comfort.

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  2. So true, Lynne. Flowers lift the spirit. I used to always have fresh flowers in a vase in the kitchen. Sadly, these weeks that hasn’t been possible, but I have the African violets to sustain me. Love the pictures too. You are a great gardener.

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  3. Your piece encompasses many ways we use flowers- inside and outside, to remind us of favorite places, to remind people that we love them, to inspire, to “gift ourselves.” That was my favorite part- indulging in flats- flats! Of flowers for your yard. That will also be a gift to all who pass by.

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  4. Lynn, I wrote about spring blooms today also. Your line that flowers are a mood changer is so accurate. I am designing a gallery of artistic expressions. Maybe you would like to add your flower photos and a poem. Let me know.

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  5. There is no way to feel sad or down when surrounded by beautiful flowers. Kathy loves flowers in the house but with three beasties who also like flowers, and not just to look at, we have to be content with what grows in our yard.

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