My goal is to help you create a lifestyle of positivity and possibility. I am smiling!

– Warmly, Honey

How Flowers Are A Metaphor For Life

Since childhood, I have used my eyes more than my mind to take in life. My eyes have always been the windows to other worlds. My darlings, that’s another way of saying I am an observer of people, places and all things, especially flowers in bloom.

Our paths to womanhood begin with a small bud. With nurturing and positive growth over the years, the bud blossoms into a flower. After the age of 50+, we should be blooming beautifully and enjoying the fruits of life. Flowers represent this positivity.

My Childhood Interactions with Flowers

As a child, I picked wildflowers for my mom on my 11-block walk home from grade school. I did not like to look at the snapdragons my mom planted but I admired the colorful pansies and impatiens, waiting for them to bloom. I became friends with Mr. Suess, an older man down the street who cut the grass because my mom feared my dad would get a hernia!

My first connection with flowers began when I handed a small bunch of wildflowers to my mom and watched Mr. Suess. gently cultivate the soil around the pansies and inpatients. Both my mom’s and Mr. Suess’s smiles allowed me to recognize that working with and gifting flowers drives strong sentiments of joy in others’ lives.

Positivity Through Flowers

I connect to flowers because they instill a feeling of positivity within me. A positive attitude is a breath of fresh air. Admiring them in their natural habitat allows me to bloom with positive inspiration and creativity. Flowers often inspire feelings of spontaneity, peace and wellbeing.

A woman’s life can be comparable to a mixed garden of flowers, ranging from the Snapdragon, which I personally didn’t care for as a child, to the orchid, which I have always adored. In other words, while some days are better than others, every day we bloom like flowers to some degree.

Positivity Through Flowers at the Farmer's Market

Blooming in Other Aspects

I learned from experience that not all women enjoy receiving flowers. I can still envision the day I brought my ultimate concierge’s mother a bouquet. She told me never to bring her flowers again because she did not like them.

By the way, darlings, I loved her. So for those of you who do not like flowers, you can associate positivity and blooming power with other things in your life.

In Our Chicago Home

I always have a botanical garden of flowers and plants in their natural habitat in our homes because flowers are beautiful, uplifting and harmonious with my vision of life: to bloom as a woman at all stages.

Our Chicago dining room

Our dining room includes plants in every possible place.

My apartment in the sky limits me to some degree. I have always had orchids in every room of our apartment. However this year, unfortunately, the crop was not great. I feel a void without them.

We have two huge palm trees in the dining room and a green area carpet with flowers on the dining room floor. We placed tall plants in huge Chinese fishbowls in the living room and usually have fresh flowers in our bedroom and guest room. Our bed linens contain bouquets of flower and the bathroom wallpaper similarly contains floral accents.

Our Chicago dining room

Of course, our coffee table continues the theme of greenery!

On the Other Coast

In California, our home is filled with tall trees–two of which are 26 years old–and every room contains orchids. Our homes are intentionally filled with flowers and trees because I need flowering greenery and the peaceful benefits it brings.

Flowers are a metaphor of the style of life I require, a mix of beauty and peace.

Seek out the Positivity

For those of you who love them, take the time to pick up a bouquet or a little violet plant at an outdoor market during the summer. It is a wonderful feeling to carry them home in your arms, cut them down a bit in the kitchen, arrange them in a glass vase with fresh water and place them around your home.

After all, only with positivity can a woman bloom.

A Story of the First Flower

During the process of writing Stories For My Grandchild, I asked my editor Kerrie if I could participate in the creative process. We bonded over the phone and even more so when we met in New York over breakfast with my ultimate concierge.

I wanted the book to include flowers because I visualized a grandmother spreading the seeds of her fertile life through story for her grandchildren as a lifetime keepsake.

The Process

My first step included researching the history of the flower. Our goal was to find a replica of the first flower in the world! And I did find both the article and a photograph from the Smithsonian.

“The evidence of flowers,” Charles Dickens famously noted, “was an abominable mystery” because they burst onto the scene in fossils that are 100 million years old. Bernard Game, a paleobotanist from France, filled in the blanks.

He classified Montsechia as a conifer because it possessed enclosed seeds, the hallmark of a flowering plant. Montsechia dates back 130 million years ago. Its pollen floated in the water, not in the air, and it embodied the origins of glorious blooming forms of flowers we see all over the world today.

I was so excited when I read the article that I sent my idea to Kerrie.

The cover of my book Stories of my Grandchild is more or less a replica of the flower. Each time I glance at the cover of the book, I see that flower as a replica of women and womanhood.

Your Flowering Life

For those of us over 50, we can use the flower as a positive symbol of what is to come over the next several years of our life, a life filled with a stronger understanding of relationships, a time for adventure and newfound knowledge as well as a time to appreciate the woman we have become with all our inward finery.

Positivity is the key to a life of continual blooming.

Fill your home with one little flowering plant like the lovely violet, or create a house full of them if that is your preference, and sprinkle textures of flowering print designs throughout your home. Perhaps like me, flowers may also decorate your journal where you record your thoughts and memories. Flowers are a metaphor of life after all!

Do you see flowers in a similar way that I do? Where do flowers come into play in your life? Let me know in the comments below or on Facebook.

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  1. I, too love flowers. They are little miracles, with thousands of varieties, each doing their little thing manifesting into miraculous art forms. I love displaying pretty flowers from my garden in my kitchen, bedroom and bath, choosing from a variety of interesting vases and creating a piece of art. I snip from my succulents and they last a long while in a vase of clear fresh water. I often display nothing but stems of leaves in a vase, perhaps wrapping twine around the top of the vase for a rustic look. I even have a large vase filled with nothing but river rocks and small twigs from trees displaying a little bit of nature indoors. Thanks for the article!

  2. Both my husband and I love flowers. We rarely drink, we don’t smoke and we don’t gamble. But we do spend a lot of money on flowers. Even though we’ve downsized to a smaller home and yard, we have a number of gardens. Our porch is filled with flowers and my home has too many plants to count. I just love them, they are like my babies and I talk to them all the time!

  3. Thank you, Honey for another uplifting post. I too, love flowers and have planted flower gardens everywhere I’ve lived. My current garden contains what I call heritage plants that I’ve transplanted from previous homes or received from family and friends over the years. My oldest plant is a hosta that was given to me from my mother-in-law as it was also given to her from her mother-in-law. I have a four-o’-clock flower that grew behind my brother’s house (he’s now deceased and the flower is a gentle reminder of him). I also have a 25-year-old hibuscus that was a housewarming gift when we moved to our current home. I’m looking forward to passing my heritage plants on to my children when they have homes and gardens of their own.

    1. What a lovely story.A meaningful and sentimental garden.I would love to see it.Maybe I will have a day on Honey Good titled: “How does your garden grow.” Stay tuned. Warmly, Honey

  4. Hi Honey

    I feel the same i find flowers brings life to a room brightens things up !!!

    They make u happy i dont buy them as often has i should 😉

    I will get some on the weekend tx for reminding me they bring beauty and joy to a room 😉

    P.s. how do u keep ur palm trees and plants so healthy 🙂

    Xox L

    1. I talk to them when I water them weekly! They are facing East and have the morning Sun.They are happy!!!! I am glad you are going to bring flowers into your home. I am smiling. Warmly, Honey

  5. I love flowers too, since I was a little girl. I was always picking wild flowers wherever we went.
    For me flowers are beauty, calm, and joy in life. And every season has it’s own special bloom.
    Wonderful article, thank you.

    1. I am glad you enjoyed my article.We know how we each feel around our flowers. That is so nice and special.Warmly, Honey

  6. Love all kinds of flowers and plants both inside and outside. Grow as many as I can. Very nice article and by the way you look so pretty in the picture of you buying flowers.

    1. Oh! thank you for the compliment and I am so glad you enjoy like I do bringing flowers and plants into your life. Warmly, Honey

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