Flowers and Smiles

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.

~ Joseph Addison

 

Flowers make me smile and this one put a big smile on my face.  I have lived in my house going on 12 years now.  I have Irises all around the yard. For some reason, not all my Irises bloom every year.  Some years I have a lot that bloom and other years hardly any.  Well, in all of my years at this house, I have never seen this one bloom!  I was so excited to see it.  Not only is this the first year that this one bloomed, but I have never seen another one like it – EVER. You never do know what will bloom in your own backyard do you?

 

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Never Give Up

flower

“Anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength.”

~ Unknown

Check out this flower.  Do you see the leaf underneath? Nature is truly amazing.  This flower had a will and a purpose and nothing was getting in it’s way.  It grew up right through the leaf.  That is what I call tenacity.  I could use a little of that some days and this will be my inspiration.

Gardening for the Soul!

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

Luther Burbank

It has become a birthday tradition for my sister and I to walk the Appalachian trail near her house in Delaware Water Gap in search of the lady slipper.  It is a very elusive flower that blooms sometime in May.  This is her image from this years walk to the top of the mountain.  It certainly was medicine for our souls!