A mantra of mine is “Bloom where you are planted”. It’s not like I have moved around much, I’ve only lived in two states, but I have decided that to really feel at home at my current address, there must be something blooming, either inside or out.
My first front porch had a feature (or rather lacked a feature) that would have set anyone who was feng shui minded over the edge. One of the four front columns was missing between the porch railing and the roof line. Evidently, the porch was well constructed, because I don’t remember so much as a sag in the ceiling. But, this empty spot to the left as you walked up the steps was a perfect place for a pot of geraniums, and there was usually one there. My little sister and I made sure that we saved our dimes and quarters to purchase a new flower to plant in that pot each Mother’s Day. Mama always expressed her appreciation, for the flower, and for us. Happy days all around.
Each porch after that was adorned in a similar fashion. If there was room in the front yard for a flowerbed, so much the better. We planted whatever we could afford, and enjoyed the blooms and the fragrance for as long as they lasted. I never claimed to be a professional gardener, but I have learned a little about which plants come back each year, which ones prefer shade, which will stay hardy in the hot sun, and which ones thrive in the winter-time. These lessons had to be adapted when I moved south, as the summers are hotter and more humid, even though the really cold weather is shorter in length. I’ve seen maps with zones, but the best tests are always the trial and error ones.
I share this love of flowers with the other females in my family, and have happy memories of all of them. My young grand-daughter loves them, too, and we are forming our own traditions, as she waits each year for the tulips to pop up in the huge iron pot outside her house.
Simple pleasures, happy memories, God’s reminder that all is well, and the world continues according to his plan. And besides, they smell good, too! I hope you can find some pretty posies to make you smile today.