Who doesn’t love flowers?! Especially now in spring! The first sign that Mother Nature is dancing in the streets…
…errr…gardens, parks, flower beds, and tiny little crevices that will grow a seed. There are so many kinds of spring flowers: tulips, iris, daffodil, hyacinth, pansies, snapdragon, and alyssum, to name a few. And the great part is that you can help Mother Nature out a bit by planting your own colorful party. And you can plant them so they pop up to the sounds of the season and have a new blossom every week for months!
Not only do flowers make an aesthetic dance for the eyes, but there are many other benefits to having flowers. According to psychological studies, flowers affect us on a primal level: smell and sight. Combining these primary senses evokes numerous feelings from our past and
present, happiness, and encourages a positive mood. While houseplants with their green can help reduce stress, flowers are associated with feelings of happiness, joy and a sense of pleasant well-being. They also aid in relaxation and are a memory booster, and some make tasty little embellishments to your salads and cakes!
Why else are flowers the choice of gift for those who are ill, accoutrements for a wedding and at the center of your family dinner table? Because they not only look good to us and enhance the ambiance, but they make us feel good! Euphoria at its finest, and all you need is a pair of secateurs.
You may already have a plan for your flower bed and a strategy for season plantings (who doesn’t have this already in his/her head as soon as the first flake falls?!) to have flowers from spring through late fall that will continue to dance in the garden. Don’t forget about cutting a few and bringing in a bouquet inside. Cut flowers provide a visual, emotional, and psychological connection with nature, which benefits our mental health and happiness.
Just think about seeing the wonderful colors and shapes, smelling the magnificent aromas and touching the silkiness of your cut bouquets ~ isn’t it so much better than seeing a boring TV screen or a pile of mail? For even more enjoyment, take a close look at each flower ~ inside and out. What a wonderous creation that only Mother Nature can create, and we can promote and showoff her amazing artwork.
A fantastic book to learn more about flowers and to get a close-and-personal look at these beauties is Seeing Flowers by Teri Dunn Chace and Robert Llewellyn.
Go flex your flower power: smell
the blooms, relish in the beauty,
wonder in the uniqueness and
make yourself happy!