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Flowers help with depression! Here's how!

Updated on August 11, 2009

Can Fresh Cut Flowers Boost Your Mood?

 I have no scientific evidence to back up how fresh flowers make us feel, I'm sure there's some out there, but without going to search it out, I can say how they make me feel. And besides that, why it is we give flowers on special occasions? Of course they're beautiful. But in a room in a house, where it's a bit more closed in, the scent of a nice bouquet can fill a room, and I do believe lift my mood.

It's almost impossible to express the way I feel when I go out in the morning and bring in an array of flowers, and some choice foilage that others wouldn't ever use in an arrangement.

The flowers around my house are all perennials ready to bloom at different times during the Sping, Summer and Autumn. So throughout those months I have a new arrangement almost ever other day.

I'm not a green thumb, so it's by chance I bought the house where these plants were planted long before my coming to live here. I keep plenty of vase's on hand for the right setting to what I'll need for whatever arrangement I feel would look best with it. I'm sure there's some Martha Stewart book that has all this written out professionally, but that's not what I want this hub to be about. I want it to be about you growing your own flowers, using an array of things for vases and being able to cut yourself fresh flowers to enhance your living room, dining table or a really nice one for company.

It's also a quick fix for a gift. Just about all women love flowers, and it's no unheard of for men to get them as well. The great thing about perennials is the fact that you're not going to be taking away from nature, because they're always going to grow back, and if you grow enough, there's plenty for an arrangement, and to keep your yard cozy and warm looking! Comforting!

Please enjoy a few of the arrangements I've made this year. I've lost some from other years, but what really got me interested is NO TWO ARE THE SAME! It's amazingly beautiful! Enjoy as I love to share!

Fresh Flowers Boost Your Mood!

Everywhere a different boquet!

  • The first photo you see to the right is an underdeveloped Blue Snowball. It's stayed nice for quite a few days. I don't know the name of the yellow Iris looking flower, but it's most likely in the Iris flower family because of the way the leaves grow. The problem with these are they grow to be about 5" tall, and multiply very rapidly.
  • Before I realized they got a bloom, I pulled up tons of them, and they replaced themselves over the past 2 years. Now I realize, they're always there for a quick mid-summer boquet. The yellow you see is the tail end of my yellow Gladdy's! I'm awaiting the red ones to come up a bloom here in a few weeks. Then I use a various yard weeds and leafs from varous under brush from the yard! I kind of like that touch of nature!
  • The Pink Hybiscus wasn't mine to pick, but I sure wish I could have! lol. Someday I'll get my blooms, something to look forward too! Don't forget these are a quick fix to many situations! Who wouldn't love getting surprised with a boquet including a giant hybiscus!
  • The next, I call "Spider Plant", I just never seen these until I moved to the south. These really don't do well inside in a vase. They just grow skinny n' tall, but no scent, they lose the red leaf pretty quick, and they just do not do well for an inside boquet, best left for the ground.

The bottom two, The Small Dark Sunflower, and the big bright "I'M GOING TO LIVE" Sunflower!

  • The big one has a story in itself. But in a short, before it bloomed my dad thought it was a giant weed and he went to pull it up, and my friend saw him just in time to stop him from twisting it completely off. We thought the poor thing was a gonner, but it thrived, and I captured this "suvivalist sunflower" shot to share with everyone, plus what a great memory.

Then below, me, under Jacob's Tears. I crouched down and just said "HURRY GET THE SNAP" I didn't want anything to get in my hair! That plant is so pretty, but they're very hard to grow/keep (in my opinion as a non-green thumb that is!)

At the bottom, just a pretty bush that has blooms. I do not know the name of it, but if I hadn't of been on my way out, I would have gathered a few for a flower arragement that day, but that's ok, it's pretty coming in the drive!

This Years Prize For Me!

I really loved this one, the colors were so pretty and vibrant!
I really loved this one, the colors were so pretty and vibrant!

The Yellow Gladiola!

I loved the way this started out, and as a few days went by, I only had to replace the droopy peddals and make a new cut until all the gladdy's bloomed!
I loved the way this started out, and as a few days went by, I only had to replace the droopy peddals and make a new cut until all the gladdy's bloomed!

Give Anyone's Mood A Lift!

  • Get some virtually, no work perennials, and keep your vase's ready in a closet or garage, even maybe readily available in a pantry or cupboard! Make a new and different one all the time, you'll be glad you did, just that one little thing to brighten your day and lift your mood! It does work for me, and I hope it'll work for you!

I like to leave photos of my arrangements to my friends online, here and there, and I haven't had any complaints! :) I hope it brings a smile to their face when it's the first thing they see in the morning, a pretty boquet, that maybe they can't smell, but they see it's beauty and I know it makes them feel good to see such a pretty thing, first thing in the mornings!

Please do this, do it for yourself, someone you know, just anybody. Maybe somebody who is hard at work. It doesn't have to be that huge cost of a place like FTD, when you can do this so easily yourself. One last thing, it sure comes in handy, all these random flowers that bloom early, just in time for MOTHERS DAY! :)

 

DO FLOWERS HELP YOUR MOOD?

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    • Katharella profile imageAUTHOR

      Katharella 

      8 years ago from Lost in America

      Thank you Betty, you know, I let nature take it's course with letting them grow, but having their presents inside my home, are uplifting! So I thank you for your acknowledgment and I am so glad you like them. Someone voted it just felt great to look at them, I don't know if it was you or someone else, but that makes me know what I said is true, they do help one feel better even if it's just to look. (Oh and I have since learned the red ones are Spider Lilies! lol)

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      Betty Reid 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Katharella, I completely agree with you. I use to think giving flowers was silly until the first time I received some. You may not be a green thumb, but your flower arrangements look great!

    • Katharella profile imageAUTHOR

      Katharella 

      9 years ago from Lost in America

      Thank you Lovly! I'm glad you liked my flower photos. I love using almost anything possible for vases, and will use different weeds sometimes as foilage. If you like an array of flowers to grow by themselves, look into your perinneles and buy them in order to month. If you have them blooming at different times in a row, througout the summer, you ALWAYS :) have enough for your yard to stay colorful, and enough for fresh cut inside to enjoy as well. :) Planting times are important!

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      Lovly2008 

      9 years ago from Connecticut

      How beautiful are these floweres. If you cant find any beauty in the world, just take a look at Gods creations. So exotic are many of them, only problem is, if you cant grow them yourself, this can be a very very expensive form of therapy.

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