Lessons from Flowers Series | March

This just kind of popped up this morning. I was working on another blog post, riffling through some photos I had taken, and inspiration hit! My husband has a green thumb and he loves plants of any variety...except mums. He hates those. We have a membership to Norfolk Botanical Garden in Norfolk. We try to make it there a few times during each season to watch the landscape change.

Last week, I had the privilege to take a private tour with the president of NBG, Michael Desplaines. He insisted that my party and I see the Orchid Society show. I cannot tell you how overwhelmingly beautiful it was. I may have teared up at the sight of them all. Orchids have always been one of my favorite flowers. In fact, I've owned several, but always managed to kill them. If what they say about being able to keep a plant alive, then a pet, then a kid...my (hypothetical) kid is doomed. Cal, on the other hand, will be fine.

orchid norfolk botanical garden
I believe I heard one of the gardeners say this was the largest lady slipper in the world. I wish I held something next to it to show the scale. It was such an elegant flower.

I believe I heard one of the gardeners say this was the largest lady slipper in the world. I wish I held something next to it to show the scale. It was such an elegant flower.

orchid norfolk botanical garden
orchid norfolk botanical garden
This plant won a best in show prize. AH-MAZING!

This plant won a best in show prize. AH-MAZING!

I posted this one on Instagram, but it's too good not to share here.

I posted this one on Instagram, but it's too good not to share here.

The owner of this orchid is a former sheriff of Virginia Beach. His longtime hobbies include raising orchids. WHAT A COOL HOBBY!!! He told me this plant, that he grew from seed (!!!), took 12 years to get its first bloom, but the best blooms would come at 15 years. Can you even imagine waiting that long? I mean, once I heard about this girl that owned orchids and would throw them out because the flowers all fell off and never grew new ones (ahem...who could that be?). There is patience involved in caring for delicate plants.

There is a very important lesson to be learned here: good things take time. Plain and simple. In the plant world, there are seasons of life, death, regrowth, struggle, etc. Running a business, or anything else in life, is a lot like that. Finding the strength to wait. To keep growing, even when it doesn't seem like you are. Have faith, Spring is coming. Your Spring might take a little longer to show up than the next person's Spring. AND THAT'S OKAY! Cause your flowers will look different that theirs...and will be YOURS!