MAY 20, 24 .. NATIONAL TODAY.. FLOWERS..

NATIONAL TODAY..

One Holiday leapt out at us today. 

It sure honors a Holiday that Patti loves.

FLOWER DAY.. Let’s see what they have to say.

Flower Day is celebrated annually on May 20. It makes a toast to the beauty of flowers and the ways they are useful to us. On the holiday, environmentalists and conservationists create awareness about flower conservation and what can be done to save endangered flower species. Interesting. Endangered flower species!

We love flowers because of their awe-inspiring beauty and fragrance. They also play a significant role in romance, medicine, rituals, and religion. You can spot them at christenings, funerals, weddings, and parties, as corsages and boutonnieres at special occasions, and as home decorations and thoughtful gifts. They are also used at places of worship, especially by Hindus. It’s not uncommon to see religious shrines adorned with flowers.

There are also some flowers that regularly feature in our meals! Nutritious vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, and artichoke are actually flowers. Similarly, some flowers are used as spices, such as crocus (or saffron), cloves, and capers. Hops are used in beer, and dandelion and elderflowers are used in wines and cocktails. Moreover, some flowers are used to make herbal teas, while others are used as metaphors. For example, red roses symbolize love, poppies of death, iris and lilies of burial, and daisies of innocence. Artists and poets have also sought flowers as muses.

However, caring for flowers is no mean feat! Flowers have their own unique requirements in terms of growth and health. Some flowers prefer to be in the shade, while others need sunlight. Still, others thrive in damp soil, while some require the soil to be on the drier side. Flowers are divas (a self-important person who is temperamental and difficult to please, typically used of a woman) but they’re divas that have held our hearts for centuries.

Some of our own flowers courtesy of Ginny, Tim, Patti, Mother India and our months living in Siberia.

A very short trip down “Our Flowers Memory Lane”.

Cap and Patti

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