I must have flowers, always, and always. ~Claude Monet
I first fell in love with wildflowers on a trip to Taos, NM. The first couple times I visited, drought conditions prevailed, and I remember hand-written signs hanging all over the little hostel encouraging water conservation. But a couple years later, the drought ended (unbeknownst to me) and I returned to discover incredible displays of wildflowers all over the northern part of the state. It was unlike anything I’d ever witnessed, and my deep appreciation for these beauties was born.
Since that time, I have become a seeker of wildflowers. Anywhere I travel now, I look for them, even if they can be found only in small patches. I believe their resilience and willingness to tenderly reveal themselves after years of enduring drought is a spiritual act, one that we humans can reflect on and learn from.
Where flowers bloom so does hope. ~Lady Bird Johnson
Not only do wildflowers delight our senses, but they serve practical purposes as well. According to an article from the US Dept of Agriculture’s US Forest website, wildflowers support entire ecosystems for pollinators, birds, and small animals on a micro scale. Butterflies and other insects, small birds, and animals depend on seeds, nectar, and pollen for their food supply and life support system.
Like many parts of the Southwest, Northern Arizona is often strewn with wildflowers, especially during monsoon season. I went to buy some native seeds to plant around my house earlier this year, but the nursery was sold out! It seems a lot of us are planting seeds during this pandemic. An article from Mother Earth News, The Benefits of Growing Wildflowers, says Wildflowers are as much the heartbeat of our planet as the oceans. All living creatures interact with wildflowers whether they know it or not. For 130 million years, wildflowers have blessed the earth with their amazing skill sets and stunning beauty . . . They freely bestow upon us a grace that helps sustain all of life. Therefore, planting native species, the article goes on to say, is most advantageous. I’ll be sure to get to the nursery earlier next year!
The Amen of nature is always a flower. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes
What are your favorite wildflowers? Have you planted any native species? I’d love to learn the names of the ones unlabeled in the pictures of this article. If you’re familiar with them, please don’t be shy – share your knowledge!
Wildflowers are beautiful and beneficial creations. They help ensure the survival of pollinators, and therefore, humans. What a debt of gratitude we owe them for their willingness to reveal their tender beauty, sometimes after years of drought, in an effort to help sustain life!
People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy . . . to have such things about us. ~Iris Murdoch
Blessings for Wildflower Love,