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Spring is springing out all over down here and it's gotten me to thinking about one of my mother's favorite phrases, "Bloom where you're planted."
I've always enjoyed the concept of being happy where you are, but never really delved into it. Now, surrounded by tulips and daffodils and blooming dogwoods and crabapples and pear trees and peach trees and wisteria, I'm thinking about it and getting a better grip on it.
"Bloom where you're planted" isn't just a simple instruction - if we follow the flowers' example, it's a step-by-step guide to a joyful life:
1. Start by sending out roots into your community. If you stay tightly closed in your seed shell, you'll be dark and lonely forever, so break out, get out immediately! Explore and let your feelers find for you places of nature that will inspire you, places of culture that will excite you, and (most importantly) friends that will nourish you.
2. Once you've got your roots taking up nutrition, learn to absorb the place and the people, go slow and take in the good parts while leaving the not so good parts alone, but without judgement.
3. Push through the muck till you see sunlight. Persevere.
4. Keep growing. Stand tall and strong, but let yourself be flexible so that you can dance in the breeze.
5. When the sun is warm and you are well rooted and nourished, open up and share all the best you have to give. You are wise and beautiful; feel the sunshine on your cheeks and know that you are reflecting that light to the world in a way only you can. You are beautiful. You are a miracle and a blessing all wrapped up into one - just like the blossoms of spring.
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The swaying of Brugmansia's "Angel Bells" lure you in like singing sirens, but be careful - these pretty blooms decorate a plant with deadly poison.
Hydrangea's Blue Heart
I almost titled this "Life on Planet Earth", because the center of this beloved flower is so often unnoticed that when you do look at it, it's so fantastic that it seems as if we've got our own little aliens right here on our home planet.
Put this pretty purple "petunia" plant in a pot and you'll be pleased as punch with the end product. I promise.
Though they may be humped and slow, no tortoise is an island. In fact, these rabbit-racing reptiles are imperiled all over the world. From the giant Galapagos tortoises to the gopher tortoises of Florida here in the U.S., "tortugas" need our help. Find out more at The Nature Conservancy's website, www.nature.org.
Just barely over the border from the pink family into the orange family, this is the perfect color (for me, anyway) for a summer dress.
Look closely. Look with your skepticism closed and your imagination open. There! Did you see them?!