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Gardener's Grapevine 2011.08.17

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Have you ever received flowers in a bouquet, bunch from a garden, formal arrangement from a flower shop, or in a pot to be planted? Do they make you happy? Does it brighten your day looking at them? Does it remind you that someone loves and cares about you and wants you to know it? I don’t know one person who would answer “no.”

Flowers are a little smile from nature. When I was dating my husband 29 years ago we would be traveling somewhere and he would stop along the road out of the blue and pick a huge bunch of wildflowers and give them to me. I thought it was so sweet and thoughtful that it took a long time to tell him that I was very allergic to them. I can’t breath well around wildflowers, but the gesture was what kept me from telling him. I believe that’s called between a rock and a hard place.

I primarily plant perennial flowers in my gardens and very few annuals. There are two reasons for this—the perennials come back every year and they spread.

Last week I wrote about flowers that feed the birds in the fall and winter, and anything that seeds will do that. But I must admit most of my flowers are for my sheer love of them. Especially roses which are a lot of work.

Every week I take flowers to the office where I work for our front desk. Whatever is in bloom currently, goes into a vase and we get many positive comments. The last three weeks it has been yellow and white daisies. I think daisies are one of the happiest flowers there are. They just seem to smile at you and say “hi!” 

My son Nicholas planted a little spot of daisies in a garden he made for 4-H years ago, and we now have them in many spots. It’s nice to see the bright yellow blowing in the breeze. It’s kind of like they are saying, “I’m just chillin’ over here and you can enjoy me if you want or I’ll just brighten my little area of the world for you.”

I plant flowers for many reasons and none of them are for show. I enjoy them immensely. The neighbors like them a lot and if they enjoy them that’s a plus. I like to take flowers to work so I can have some of the outdoors indoors while I’m shut inside and lastly, I love to give them to people. Flowers can make someone’s day…give them some and receive a smile.

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