Garden tour,  Holidays

Spring blooms

“Giving flowers is a disarming way to remember another person, but flowers were first a gift from nature to all of us. They look beautiful, they smell beautiful, and they make us feel beautiful.” Victoria Moran, Younger by the Day

Last week I spotted a lone blue hyacinth in my garden — the first of the spring bulbs to bloom on our property this season. Like some of the other bulbs scattered around our yard, the hyacinth was an Easter gift, years ago, and I’m always amazed to see it reappear every spring.

Flowers are living symbols of perseverance and positivity. They remind us of personal renewal as well as seasonal rebirth — themes that remain at the core of nearly every religious holiday this time of year.

Who doesn’t love to receive fresh flowers for any occasion? Think of someone whose holiday you can brighten with a bouquet or potted plant this weekend — including yourself. ~CL

Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.

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