Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful: they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul.” -Luther Burbank

    A simple quote that says a lot. When we look at flowers, we feel better. But, before anyone comments, let me say that I know we can be so down in the dumps that our eyes see the flowers, but out brains do not register anything. Thoughts of poor health, financial setbacks, or family issues can keep us from really “seeing” the beauty that is in our own yard or neighborhood.

    Luther Burbank’s words have stuck in my head as spring has been rapidly turning into summer. After a dreary winter, the sights of spring flowers has had a positive impact on gardeners everywhere in our area.  The nurseries are packed on the weekends and the landscape suppliers are busy loading potting soil and mulch into pickup trucks. Gardeners are anxious to get going with their summer garden plans. Even those with little or no property, those in condos and apartments are out in force, trying to bring a little bit of nature’s beauty into their lives. From full-fledged landscaping projects, to setting up patio garden rooms, or to potting up a few annuals for a balcony, the “gardener” in folks is yelling to get out. Get out and grow something!

    There are many reasons why we get excited about gardening this time of year.  And, among them, I believe a subconscious reason plays over and over in the back of our minds. That reason is that flowers do, somehow, make people better, happier, and more helpful. A stroll through the yard in the early evening proves over and over that the sight of flowers can change our outlook on any particular situation.

    Amaryllis Bud Beginning To Open Amaryllis Flowers In Full Bloom

    There’s something about their colors and shapes.

    Blooming Kangaroo Flower

    The human eye takes in the picture and changes within us affect out thoughts and emotions. Our worlds seem better, more peaceful, more in tune with our surroundings.

    Asiatic Lilies

    “Stop and smell the roses” is a cliché that we hear a lot. If you remember this saying as you look at what is flowering in your yard, perhaps you will also remember Mr. Burbank’s words, and recognize in yourself that you really do feel better and happier in that moment.

    Hardy Daisy Bush

    It’s the awareness of these reactions that enables us to repeat the results over and over.

    The key is to take the time, slow down, and focus on what the eyes are seeing. By enjoying every little moment, we begin to understand how the flowers around us do have the power to be “medicine for the soul”.

    Our First Sunflower Of This Growing Season Medicine For The Soul

    It doesn’t matter your gardening experience. It doesn’t matter how much space is available. From planting one hundred perennials to gluing seeds to a popsicle stick and potting it in a cup, the pleasure of seeing your home-grown plants bud and flower will reward you over and over. It never fails.

    Feeling like your soul could use some medicine?

    Happy Gardening, Dave and Trish

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    What flowers do for the soul?
    Whether it be trees, plants or flowers, here are just a few of the benefits you can expect to find:
    • Improve the Healing Process.
    • Better Performance and More Energy.
    • Feel More Relaxed.
    • Enhance Concentration and Memory.
    • Lowers Background Noise.
    Which flower means death?
    Chrysanthemum: In America, this gorgeous flower has many meanings, but it is often used as an expression of support or an encouragement to “get well soon.” In many countries in Europe, the chrysanthemum is placed on graves and viewed as a symbol of death. more
    What's the difference between a soul tie and soul mate?
    They're both rare to find, but soul ties typically develop differently than do soulmates. Psychologist Ronald Williams says a soulmate is most often formed through an immediate connection. Sure, it's also possible for a soul tie to form instantaneously, but most soul ties develop gradually. more
    Do animals have soul?
    Animals have exactly the same soul as Humans , Electrons and chemical reactions in the brain . more
    What flower symbolizes loss?
    A symbol of death and mourning, but also support and encouragement, the gift of the chrysanthemum is well-suited to a funeral setting. more
    How do you tell if you're an old soul or a new soul?
    Signs you have an old soul
    1. Material possessions don't matter much to you.
    2. You focus on meaningful connections.
    3. You need a lot of time alone.
    4. You have high empathy.
    5. You spend a lot of time thinking about how to make a difference.
    What is the difference between human soul and animal soul?
    3 the human soul and the animal soul are metaphysically different: the human soul is a spiritual entity, and the animal soul is a hylomorphic form of the body. more
    Are beans soul food?
    Common meats used in this type of southern cooking include ham hocks, chicken livers, chicken gizzards, fried chicken, fried fish, ribs, and shrimp. Black eyed peas, cabbage, lima beans, green beans, butter beans, and sweet potatoes are the most common vegetables in soul food dishes. more
    Which flower is called King of the flower?
    Peony: “The King of Flowers” more
    What flower means missing?
    Lilies: Lilies with big petals resonate with the feelings of missing someone strongly. In particular, the stargazer lilies are the ones that say I Miss You. more
    What makes soul food soul food?
    The expression "soul food" originated in the mid-1960s, when "soul" was a common word used to describe African-American culture. At its core, soul food is down-home cooking that's been passed down through many generations, with its roots in the rural South. more


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