The Meaning of Flowers

I've always loved flowers and gardening as long as I can remember. I grew up around it and it had always been a part of my life. My Mom loved flowers and gardening, with her favorite being her beloved Texas Bluebonnets. Just as she had passed down the gardening bug to me, I passed the gardening bug on to my kids as well and my little grandkids get it from Brande, Katie, and Bryce. As many of you know, when my oldest, Brande, opened a garden & nursery in the back of Country Roads she named Johnnye Merle's Garden & Nursery. It meant so very much to my Mom.

I love orchids, especially the white ones. There is a little book I've had since it came out in 1998. It's called "The Meaning of Flowers and is written by Gretchen Scoble and Ann Field. Its a wonderful little book that gives a short history on several types of flowers. The orchid, for example, stands for
"ecstasy" which I can understand when I look at the two orchid plants of mine above.

Besides several plants throughout my home, I always "have" to have flowers throughout the house. It doesn't cost much to keep little bouquets of flowers throughout your home like I do.  I think the roses above from Trader Joes were under five bucks.

I buy most of my fresh cut flowers at Trader Joe's each week. They are priced so reasonably that it is easy to pick up a bouquet or two. Often I will split them up the bouquets and put them in different vases sprinkled throughout my house.

I love dried lavender as well. It is easy to keep a little bit here and there.

And although succulents are not flowers, I love them too. They are so low maintenance, so 'easy' to care for, and come in so many varieties. I have them here and there around the house.

I don't know why but I like having fresh flowers in the bathrooms at my house.  I guess it just brightens up the room. The ones above came from the same big yellow & white bouquet I had bought
in the picture above with the white flowers. I don't know about everyone else, but I love to garden and when flowers bloom it is always an extra perk of the work we put into our gardens. My son stopped by this morning on his way to Country Roads. I was walking him out to his truck and we were talking about my garden. He was asking me what one plant was called. In this crazy, rushed world of ours, it is nice to just talk about "flowers", you know? I know it  makes my Mom happy!!


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