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Learning Resiliency from Flowers

Thursday, 15 September 2016 00:00  by Christina M.


It is commonly known among my friends and family that while I may have a green heart, and a love for all plants and flowers, I do not always have a green thumb. Being around plants, gardens, and the outdoors is a stress reliever for me, but the stress of keeping houseplants and my garden in health is another story. That is why when I saw HGTV’s new list of “Can’t-Kill Flowers for Beginners” I was full of encouragement. I know that I cannot control the world around me, but there are things that I have effects on, and picking hardier plants is certainly one of them.

Plants need care and nutrients just like people do, and there have been many comparisons of plants and flowers to that of an emotional self that we need to care for and nurture. Many of the invincible flowers on HGTV’s list share commonalities and strengths that we can all learn from. I love what we can learn from nature, and below is a list of attributes and things we can learn about resiliency through these hearty flowers.

Grow Roots

It’s no secret, plants have roots, but we need a support system too. Hearty and flourishing plants have the ability to dig deep and find the nutrients and support around them.

Thrive In the Now

The heartiest of flowers can grow anywhere; their circumstances do not dictate their future. Morning glories are one of my favorite examples of this. They can grow literally anywhere, and I am reminded to increase my flexibility whenever I see their vines and colorful flowers in the most unlikely of places.

Soak up the Sun

Just like plants, sunshine and the positivity associated with it, can sustain us. Find the sunshine in your life and bask in it, letting yourself take your time to be mindful and intentional in integrating into who you are.

Learn Timing and Patience

Not every plant blooms constantly, and all plants have their seasons. Many of the hearty plants hibernate in the winter, or only bloom with one flower for the season. Be mindful of the ups and downs, and the natural seasons in your life. Be mindful and appreciative of the beauty we all hold even when we are not in bloom.

If you enjoy nature like me, and struggle to find plants that fit into your busy lifestyle, look no further. Below is list from HGTV of 13 resilient flowering plants:

  • Sunflowers
  • Zinnias
  • Marigolds
  • Pansies
  • Impatiens
  • Begonias
  • Snapdragons
  • Daffodils
  • Cosmos
  • Geraniums
  • Morning Glories
  • Blanket Flowers (Gaillardia)
  • Daylilies
Last modified on Thursday, 15 September 2016 04:21

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