As we approach spring, it is a great time to get ready for yard work and gardening, whether flowers or vegetables. Many of our clients grew up in a time when they learned to garden and preserve their food. Over the years, we have learned so much from our clients. Particularly, a couple of our clients who grow amazing flowers in their yards. Here are some interesting facts about common flowers.

Roses can be very basic flowers or intricate layers of petals. There are miniatures, Floribundas, tea, climbing, shrubs, old garden, and English just to name a few different types. Additionally, each color has become a symbol for different emotions and messages. Red roses, perhaps the most iconic, symbolize love and passion, making them a classic choice for romantic occasions. White roses represent purity, innocence, and new beginnings, often used in weddings and memorials. Yellow roses signify friendship and joy, perfect for celebrating platonic relationships. Pink roses convey gratitude, admiration, and happiness, making them a versatile choice for expressing thanks or congratulations. Orange roses, with their vibrant hue, symbolize enthusiasm and desire, capturing feelings of excitement and attraction. Lavender roses are known for their unique color, symbolizing enchantment, and love at first sight. Each color offers a distinct way to convey feelings and messages without words and growing them yourself takes a wide skillset.

Lilies, with their serene and pure appearance, symbolize renewal, and hope for many people. Their origin traces back to ancient civilizations where they held significant cultural and religious importance. In various cultures, lilies have been associated with purity, renewal, and motherhood, partly due to their majestic appearance and the variety of their colors. The ancient Greeks mythologized the lily as the flower of Hera, the queen of the gods, symbolizing divinity, femininity, and purity. In Christianity, the white lily, often referred to as the Madonna lily, is associated with the Virgin Mary’s purity and divine motherhood. The flower’s long history of cultivation has led to its widespread symbolism in funerals and weddings, representing the restored innocence of the soul in the afterlife or purity and love in marriage ceremonies. Beyond its cultural and religious meanings, the lily is also admired for its fragrance, making it a popular choice in gardens and floral arrangements worldwide. One note to be aware of is that lilies are toxic to pets so research well if you will be bringing them into a pet-friendly environment.

There is a wide variety of flowers available to grow and we’ve seen it all including the flowers known to introduce spring such as tulips and daffodils. Some flowers provide beauty and sustenance, such as sunflowers. Many flowers are edible and enjoyed in salads and other dishes such as violets, elderflowers, squash blossoms, and hibiscus.

The diverse nature of flowers is something that is often enjoyed by older adults and as care managers we have often found ways for our clients to continue enjoying their growing hobby, even as aging changes the way they are able to do so. Our creative solutions focus on keeping them involved in their interests in ways that keep them engaged if they could participate. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need assistance managing the care of your aging parent or grandparent to ensure they have a high quality of life.