Category Archives: Lessons From Flowers

FLOWER QUOTE: A GARDEN IS A GRAND TEACHER

August 27, 2018

Flower Quote: A Garden is a Grand Teacher

MY TWO CENTS A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust… Flowers and Gardens have taught me many things: patience, understanding, vulnerability and strength, to name a few. They are the teacher I would have never imagined during my school years, but one that has had a profound effect on me. ABOU...

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FLOWERS INSPIRE ME

June 03, 2018

Flowers Inspire Me

Flowers inspire me, not only with their inherent beauty, but with all that they have to teach me with their strength, wisdom, joy, and grace. They inspire me by how intricate they are, yet what simplicity and joy they bring to a moment, to life. Each one has a certain vulnerability that I admire, too; a willingness to share something almost personal. Every bloom bears all from being so delicate, a...

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WHAT IS YOUR DEFINITION OF A WEED?

May 27, 2018

What is your definition of a weed?

What is your definition of a weed? I have heard people say that a weed is any flower that you don’t want in your garden. Merriam-Webster’s definition is: a plant that is not valued where it is growing and is usually of vigorous growth; especially: one that tends to overgrow or choke out more desirable plants. Every flower has a purpose, and that doesn’t mean a weed still isn’t beautiful a...

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FLOWER QUOTE: ALL THE FLOWERS

May 07, 2018

Flower Quote: All the Flowers

MY TWO CENTS All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today… It's like my cutting garden; if I plan and plant I will reap the benefits. If I don't plan and plant, I will not reap the beauty of the flowers I dream of seeing. To see growth, you must start small by planting seeds of how you want to grow in your life. It starts small, and it needs nurturing, love, care, sunshine and...

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I AM

February 18, 2018

I Am

I’ve been watching the winter Olympics in PyeongChang as many of you are, and one female competitor had on her gloves, the words: “I AM”. It’s a very powerful statement. It reminded me of the first time I saw something like it, a few years ago, when our hostess was seating us for breakfast. I noticed the tattoo on her foot: ‘As I am’. The latter may look like a statement of complacency...

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ANNA’S BLOOMS

February 04, 2018

Anna's Blooms

Anna of Anna’s Blooms is a landscape architect, flower lover, wife, mother, friend, flower grower, gardener, flower arranger, wedding bouquet creator and writer of Wednesday’s Flower facts. 'Every flower has its own personality.' ~ Anna Karina Johansen The day of an event Anna is a wealth of knowledge and talent. We had the chance this past year to chat about her flower arranging. On the da...

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MY WORD FOR 2018

January 28, 2018

My Word for 2018

Last year, I choose one word for 2017 that would encourage me throughout the year to work on being a better version of myself. My word for 2017 was ‘grace’. I know there were many times when I could have handled things with more grace than I did, but I do feel that by having the intention, I was more conscientious of my actions and worked on acting with grace. I will continue to work on it as ...

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HOW DO YOU SHOW GRATITUDE?

November 19, 2017

How Do You Show Gratitude?

How do you like to show gratitude when you have been given a gift or had a special evening with friends? How do you like to receive a ‘thank you’ for having done something thoughtful? Is it in the form of a small gift? Or maybe a phone call? A text is nice, but… how about a handwritten note? For me, that is the most meaningful way to both receive and share gratitude, though, I definitely nee...

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FLOWER QUOTE: GRATITUDE IS THE FAIREST BLOSSOM

November 06, 2017

Gratitude is the Fairest Blossom

MY TWO CENTS Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul… With Thanksgiving and the holiday season coming, I find it’s very easy to get caught up in the hubbub of the season. So, maybe that is why it is so appropriate that Thanksgiving comes first, to remind us of all that we each have so much to be thankful for. I would like to say gratitude comes easy to me, but I’m sorr...

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FINDING JOY IN THE “ORDINARY”

October 29, 2017

Finding Joy In The "Ordinary" | Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

I never expected, when I arrived at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas, that there would be nothing, and I mean nothing flowering. If I had gone about a month later, I would have had a completely different experience with wildflowers bursting into bloom, but I had never thought about the fact that even Texas has a “winter” season. Was I disappointed, yes, but it was still an...

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