Harriet Keeler (1846-1921) was a Cleveland, Ohio educator, botanist, author, suffragist, and lover of nature.…
Flowers – companions on life’s journey.
This spring brought to my attention a book called The Reason for Flowers: Their History, Culture, Biology, and How They Change Our Lives.
I never really thought about the role that flowers play in our daily lives.
The author scientist Stephen Buchmann writes, “With their beauty, flowers comfort us; they make us smile and ease our grief.”
In that simple statement he sums why, for centuries, people have treasured flowers.
Flowers are our companions on the journey of life.
Here is an illustration of flowers from the Parker and Wood Seed Company catalog of 1887. [below]
That year’s marketing artwork represented the high Victorian period here in America. Such colorful flowers as carnations, pansies, mums, the sweet pea vine, and petunias added so much color to the home, the garden, celebrations, and even the sick bed.
Buchmann writes, “We garden with flowers and they soothe our minds and bodies. They inspire us.”
He says, “Flowers and people need and depend upon one another for mutual survival.”
His book opened up so many ways to understand and appreciate flowers in our everyday lives. We plant and care for them for sure, but they give us so much back.