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“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food, and medicine for the soul.” – Luther Burbank

Flowers mean different things to different people.

· A symbol of love

· A sign of friendship

· An apologetic offering

· Beautiful signs of life

· And more!!

I am a person who journals thoughts and feelings. I encourage you to consider the beautiful flowers and write about how they impact you.

Some examples are:

· I loved getting flowers from the man dating me. It made me feel special and like he looked forward to spending time with me.

· I have a friend that, when I do something nice for her, she either sends or brings me flowers. I appreciate them but do not expect them.

· I would get angry when my husband (now ex-husband) would show up with flowers because it usually meant that he had done something he wanted forgiveness for.

· I enjoy spending Saturday afternoons driving in areas covered with beautiful wildflowers. It makes me smile.

I take those topics and expand on the experience or feeling in my journal.

Flowers affect all five senses.

· Visual: flowers are colorful; if you hold one close (without sneezing), you can see the intricate detail in them, and the colors might bring creative ideas to mind.

· Auditory: As flowers blow in the breeze, they whisper. If I am very quiet and mindful of all around me, I can hear them, and it causes me to smile!

· Smell: Flowers have many different scents, and most people have their favorites. Some aromas are intense and overwhelming. A few flowers with a strong fragrance are Gardenia, Jasmine, and Lavender. Some are fragrance-free such as Anemones, Calli Lilies, and Ranunculus. As those scents hit your nose, it might give you a relaxed feeling or an ugh; this is too powerful for me!

· Touch: Some flowers are soft, some are prickly, and others are both. You might be out in a field and reach to pick a flower, and as you touch the petal, it is soft and can give you a quick feeling of peace. – Softest flower alive is a Mullein, and the softest petal on a flower is a Ranunculus Aazor White. You can reach for a flower and quickly remove your hand because it hurts! Some prickly flowers are Asteraceae (Sunflower Family), Papaveraceous (Poppy Family), and Cactaceae (Cactus Family). Finally, there are the flowers that are both soft and prickly. Can you guess? It is the rose! The petals are soft, and the stem is full of thorns.

· Taste: Some people eat flowers; if you think about it, many of us do. Did you know that cauliflower is a flower? Cauliflowers are brassicas – members of the cabbage family – and form a single head (or curd), the immature flower cluster, harvested while still in tight bud. A few edible flowers are Yellow Dandelions, Hibiscus, and Honeysuckle.

Roses are a popular flower. They are often considered a Valentine's flower. However, people sometimes give roses because someone wants them to feel special. If you do that, you might want to pay attention to the meaning of their colors.

What do the different colors of roses mean?

· Red: Romance, love, beauty, and perfection. It is sometimes said that dark red roses represent humility or unconscious beauty.

· Orange: Bright, fiery orange represents life, energy, passion, and excitement. Softer shades, like peach, are used to express sincerity or gratitude, while pastel peach is considered a modest color.

· Yellow: Symbolizes friendship, joy, and gladness. This color rose can be used as a sign of remembrance or affection.

· White: White has a variety of meanings; purity, innocence, grace, and humility.

· Pink: Given to express admiration of someone’s refinement, elegance, or femininity.

· Lavender: In the language of flowers, lavender roses are used to tell someone that they enchant you. They also represent desire and love at first sight.

I like flowers and, for the most part, enjoy getting them; however, I do realize that many people may want to look at flowers from afar. ALLERGIES are a horrible thing. I live in the San Joaquin Valley, and allergies run rampant. I hope you can find a way to enjoy their beauty and the happiness they can bring you.

I enjoyed writing this blog. I am sorry if I got carried away with facts; I hope they don’t bore you. While researching, I was fascinated by everything I was learning and wanted to share.

Take time to enjoy the beauty of the flowers. Take a ride and enjoy wildflowers, spend time in your garden growing your flowers, and give flowers to a friend or loved one!

Have a great week!

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