Did you know?. . . No one ever gives a florist flowers. What’s up with that? I wouldn’t have become a florist had I known that. I guess everyone thinks you see them every day so you must be sick of them. I never tire of being around flowers, but I still don’t get them unless I buy them for myself. Well, I did get them sometimes, like when my Dad died and from my daughters when we lost our favorite four-legged kid. But basically, I don’t usually get flowers.
However, every once in a while, my sweet Hubby will surprise me, like he did the other day.
I had been off visiting family and he didn’t get his routine haircut from the in-house beautician, (that would be me). So, he sought out a little barber shop down the street, parked the car and went inside only to find they were all booked up. It was when he returned to the car that he noticed them …. the beautiful Passion Flower wall, complete with bees and butterflies.
Now, in the past, he wouldn’t have noticed the any flowers even if one of those bees stung him. Since we have been on an awareness journey, he has surprised me quite a few times by noticing things like Passion Flowers and humming birds and pine cones and ants and bees and butterflies. He picked one of the Passion Flowers for me and put it in the bathroom. What a pleasant surprise to see it when I got home, even if it was a bit shriveled and wilty. Still, it was beautiful.
So, we made it our mission to seek out this beautiful Wall of Passion, just when the sun was right and take a few shots with the Nikon. The photo I call “Tiny Dancer in My Hand” looks like she is twirling her beautiful skirt, holding large symbols in preparation for her performance. Actually it looks like science-fiction, something that might come out of “Avitar” and dance by you just within reach. Hmmmm, I am wondering what music she might choose for her dance. Perhaps Beethoven’s Für Elise (my favorite) or Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1?
I learned a lot about the Passion Flower – Passiflora Incarnata: It’s a vine with 500 + species, with edible fruit, (at least most of them), helps you sleep. Eat or juice the fruit when it is ripe (drops from the plant) or use the leaves to make tea. It has a gentle, calming and relaxing effect for our nervous system with anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory effects, helps with muscle spasms and heart palpitations due to nervousness. (I suggest you do your own research as some species are not edible.)
Once again, Mother Nature provides for us. Thank You!
Even though the flower lasts but one day, the Tiny Dancer brings her magic and enjoyment when we are grateful and aware of her presence.