Today, March 14th is National Plant-a-Flower Day. In the last several years, it seems as if there a National Observation Day for almost anything and everything. What is National Plant-A-Flower Day? And why does it matter?
Plant-A-Flower Day is a day to get ready for spring. Spring is a time for new blooms, new growth, and new life. This is the perfect time to pause...and remember how important flowers and plants are to the environment and personally.
Have you gifted flowers? Maybe to a new love? Or for an anniversary? Or to someone in mourning? As far back as 2500 BC, Egyptians placed flowers inside vases to honor both the living and dead. Using plants and flowers to show appreciation and love are traditions still widely recognized and practiced today.
As we move through our busy (and many times hectic) day, week, month, and season, we try to organize the chaos using calendars and to-do lists. Unless we are intentional about carving out the time and space (and many times literally putting it on the calendar), we tend to take for granted the earth we live on and the beautiful life surrounding us. Plants are essential resources that provide air, food, water, habitat, and climate.
So on Plant-A-Flower Day...
Run the soil through your fingers.
Feel the warmth of the sun on your face.
Plant all kinds of flowers.
Reconnect with Earth.
Reconnect with Mother Nature.
When a flower doesn't bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.
Alexander Den Heijer