When I was growing up, there were two things I could always depend on...a vegetable garden wherever we lived and my mother's flowers. One was used for our bodies and the other for our spirits.
Every year my mother would search through the seed catalogs and before too long the mailman would bring that year's bounty of beauties to adorn her flower beds. Tulips were her favorites and I could always bet there would be a variety of them to greet me when I stepped out of the house each morning. It was later, however, when I discovered flowers had their own special meaning and bouquets could be formed to send a special message to the receiver.
With that in mind, and in celebration of Spring, here is a list of flowers making up my own Writer's Bouquet with a special message for all my writer friends. Take a moment to smell their rich scent and hold them close when you are struggling with a particular manuscript...
Angelica or Angel's Flower...this white flower stands for inspiration and what writer doesn't need a little bit of that every now and then?
Aster...this small flower stand for patience and that is certainly needed by writers as we nervously wait for that acceptance letter.
Clover...who doesn't know this flower stands for good luck? Despite a writer's talent, it still take a certain amount of luck to make it in this industry.
Edelweiss...this delicate flower means courage and that is certainly something all writers need these days. It takes courage to keep writing after the rejection letters arrive.
King Protea...this exotic looking flower actually means daring and what writer doesn't need to be daring when they jump into the writing fire?
Mountain Laurel...this starburst flower stands for perseverance. Writers have to overcome many obstacles on the path to publication and giving up is not an option.
Red Camellia...this beautiful, almost rose-like flower means excellence. Excellence in our stories, excellence in our dealings with others, excellence in our commitment to being the best writers we can be.
There you have it. A writer's bouquet to enrich our lives and lift our spirits to the next level. There are many more flowers with meanings to touch a writer's heart, but if we take only these and keep them close, surely our writer's gardens will bloom with the most fragrant manuscripts?