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Springtime Flowers

Now that the weather is cooperating with the calendar and it finally feels like spring, it might be a good time to touch upon a subject that charms the young and old alike: flowers.  Flowers embody perfection because they magically replenish hope, and spring awakens our senses because it signals rebirth.

With all this renewed vitality, let’s look at some springtime flowers!

Ø      Orchids. Orchids are fabulous in a grand way, and they stir the fancy of people everywhere.  The types are numerous, but the species generally is broken into five sub-headings.  In tropical areas where orchids are plentiful, the flowers typically grow on trees.  In less humid places, they often grow on the ground.  Vanilla, a popular food flavor, is derived from the vanilla orchid.

Ø      Hyacinth. Hyacinths are wonderfully fragrant flowers that look like small starfish with elongated leaves.  There are many varieties, and the single-head assortment can grow quite large.  Hyacinth bulbs are often planted about 7 weeks before a significant frost, and it is important to water during dry spells.

Ø      Cherry Blossoms. Cherry Blossom trees produce amazingly striking flowers that bloom in vibrant colors!  This flower is so esteemed that spring festivals pay tribute to its beauty.  The National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C., a renowned celebration, honors the 3,000 cherry trees Japan gave to the United States.  Hundreds of thousands of tourist come to Washington D.C. year after year to witness these awesome blossoms.

Ø      Tulips. Many people associate tulips with Holland because of the 17th century tulip craze.  This period was appropriately branded Tulipomania.  Yet, tulips mean so much more than irrational trends; they mean spring!  The flowers, rich in colors, shapes, and types, actually grow wild in some parts of Asia.

Ø      Sweet Pea. The blossoms on this climbing plant are superbly aromatic and very colorful.  Sun and well-drained soil are typically needed for this plant to thrive.  Unlike some other pea types, the seeds and flowers from the sweet pea plant are not edible (so never eat).  Instead, enjoy the splendid scent!

There are many amazing flowers that bloom in spring.  Their splendors, as short-lived as they may be in mostly chilly New England, often carry us through the rest of the year.

When we make our beds (and most of us do), we eventually have to lie down in them.  What better way to “sweeten” them than with the wonderful fragrance of springtime flowers!

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