Thursday, July 8, 2010

Bloom where you are planted

I love zinnias. With one small packet I have several cut flowers for small bouquets through the summer. This year I scattered three packets in carefully prepared areas in our front flower beds. They fill in the gaps between perennials and flowering bushes. An area I did not plant was amongst the sidewalk pavers, not even close. These beauties came up on their own and are actually thriving, with lovely red, pink and peach colored blooms. We have to notice them each time we walk by so as not to disturb them.
As he walked by them this morning on his way out, my wonderful husband suggested I blog about these flowers. Several words come to mind when I consider their situation...
Courage -because they are not sticking with the predictable path of their contemporaries.
Determination -speaks to their strength in a difficult situation.
Beauty -in their vigor and lively colors.
Contentment -as they are being what they were created to be in this moment.

"I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether wll fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength." Phil 4:12-13


  1. Kelley what a beautiful surprise for you and all who have the pleasure of experiencing such wonder. Thank you for sharing something so simple and unified with the Whole. Funny, I was looking at zinnias yesterday at a garden store but realized I better pass. At least for now! Happy gardening and keep blooming!


  2. You know zinnia's are one of my favorite plants. I love how these aren't neatly in a landscaped area. Reminds me of life's surprises. We don't always have control and things just sorta pop up. Beauty is everywhere if we just open our eyes and take a moment to look around.