A Few Pretty Flowers


Country at HeartMost country women had either a flower garden or patches of flowers that they planted somewhere near or around their house. However, my mother never planted flowers, so the only flowers that I remember (at our house) are the pretty yellow daffodils that I picked along the highway and the sweet, fragrant Honey Suckers that grew along the school-yard fence.

Now, on the other hand, our neighbor, Mrs. Brown had a real flower garden that I thoroughly enjoyed. I say that, because flowers are the love of my life, and without those pretty blossoms, what would I have to beautify my world? My grandmother obviously liked flowers too, but unlike Mrs. Brown, perhaps she wasn't that "into" them to plant an entire garden.

flower garden - iStockphoto.com/cherokeejones 


Let me digress. Perhaps you've not seen flower gardens, but in my opinion, they are a housewife's private version of business nurseries. They plant rows and rows of flowers the same as they plant rows and rows of vegetables in their garden. They plant all of these lovely flowers and don't sell a one. They either give their blossoms away or use them to decorate their homes. I have a sneaky feeling, too, that long before families could afford "funeral flowers," these flowers were donated for that purpose. Can't be too sure of that, but it's a thought, anyway.

I believe it is late winter or early spring when women order packets of flower seeds (from catalogs) or buy them from the stores uptown. Those little dry pods in those pretty, small packets are like gold nuggets. They seem to be prized treasures, and these homemade florists appear so anxious for winter to pass and for the earth to warm up enough for them to start diggin' in the dirt to bury their little seedlings. While flowers are my first love, I never volunteered to help Mrs. Brown nor my grandmother in their gardens. The fun part for me was staring at their blossoms, and I also loved looking at the pictures of the flowers on the flower seed packets. That's as far as I got. I never desired to plant any.

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