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The Bi-annual Parade of Flowers

Updated on January 10, 2012

Reflections - a boy becomes a man...

All my years at home while growing up I could always count on two things that I really dreaded to do, happening as regular as clock-work. It was known to me as the bi-annual parade of flowers. I believe my mom had at least one of every flower imaginable and it was my job to bring them out of the basement and winter storage during the early spring after all danger of frost had passed and then as fall began, to again parade them all this time back into the basement for the winter. Even though I saw no need for all this attention to flowers and plants during my childhood, I’ve since grown accustomed to this procedure, for my wife dearly loves to work outside in the yard with her flowers and the neighbors seem to notice by saying we have the prettiest yard in the neighborhood just because of all her attention to it.

Babe in a Manger
Babe in a Manger

new life and a season for new growth

This summer seems to have pasted too quickly. Some of the flowers are just starting to produce daily and yet the cool night air is telling us it’s time to move the tender plants back inside to protect them from the chilly weather just ahead. Just like mom, twice each year my loving wife and maker of our home and I transport dozens of pots bearing tender plants of varied description and character outside in the spring and then back inside during the fall. Large plants 4 – 5 feet tall and roots filling two gallon pots or larger and smaller tender transplants and starter plants ready to rest or lie dormant until next spring when the warmer air and temperatures again calls the plants to new life and a season of new growth.

African Violets
African Violets

Some plants remain inside year round because they are fragile...

Some plants remain inside year round because of their fragile leaf structure like her African Violets. Our Philodendron (Heartleaf and tri-leaf) are so entwined around the wrought iron in the living room that it would be impossible to move them outside. Even the Sansevieria (Mother-in-Laws’ tongue); though I sometimes start half a dozen or so new plants in the spring, I like to set the new starts outside in a natural more humid setting when warm enough, for after these clippings and new starts show fresh new growth we can treat them as mature plants. Most of her other plants, like the Schefflera, the Epiphyllum (Babe in a Manger) and the Dracaena (we just started about half a dozen new plants this past summer), the Hibiscus, Begonia (common and Angel Wing), the Weeping Ficus, the Euphorbia (or Crown of Thorns), the Dieffenbachias (or Spotted dumb cane), the Spathiphyllum (Mauna Loa or more common, Peace Lily) all seem to like the summer months outside under the natural canopy and the fresh air.

We both love flowers...

We both love flowers and the challenge of propagation or new starts intrigues us as we uncover the secrets of plant reproduction. We know not all plants can be successfully duplicated this way, but the thrill of starting new plants and giving them to friends has been a passion of my wife and mine since we got married. Each plant is different as to its individual makeup and the procedures or technics of handling and care via instruction from numerous books we have plus access to the internet covers the multitude of questions that arise associated with each plant.

"It’s like passing through a jungle..."

When my children come to visit, they say it’s like passing through a jungle with the wide assortment of plants and/or ferns. Since we have skylights in all the rooms upstairs there is ample lighting even during the dreary winter months for those that don’t do so well in the garages’ cooler temps. Besides, most plants call for a time of rest to re-coop so the cooler weather and the lowered amounts of natural light during the fall and winter seem quite adequate to sustain them and we haven’t seemed to loose one yet due to lack of attention. Even during the wintertime some plants thrive more like the Schlumbergera (Christmas cactus) and the Euphorbia pulcherrima, better known as the Christmas star or Poinsettia, with the proper handling.

all of God’s creation has purpose…

It’s all quite different now. What I once dreaded to do as a child has matured into a better understanding and knowledge that all of God’s creation somehow has purpose…

© 2010 SamSonS


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  • Becky Puetz profile image


    8 years ago from Oklahoma

    Excellent read, beautiful pictures. It takes a person with a lot of dedication and determination to keep the same flowering plants year after year. I usually just buy new ones each Spring. I think I'll try your method on a few next year, just to see if they'll bloom again for me, since I don't have a green thumb :)

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    thank you anginwu for your friendship, your visit and your kind comments and rating...

  • anglnwu profile image


    8 years ago

    I love flowers and I believe I inherit this love from my flower-loving mom. I used to work alongside her as she worked in the cool of the evening, planting and weeding the garden. Now, I don't plant as much as I make flower arrangment--my fav. thing to do. Lovely hub and rated beautiful.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    *thanks Kristeen for your interesting comments right from scripture...

    *and thank you General my friend- so good to hear from you again...

  • GeneralHowitzer profile image

    Gener Geminiano 

    8 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

    A terrific hub here my friend!

  • Kristeen profile image


    8 years ago from Michigan

    "See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these." Flowers are a wonderful part of God's creation. As children we don't always appreciate the beauty and gift of nature. Interesting hub.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    thank you my friend Quill, for your most gracious comments. It's good to know that others view of nature is the same as yours; and in each flower we hear God saying 'I love you'.

    Blessings to you and yours my dear brother...

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    *thank you my friend for your your kindness and sweet comments...

    *and thank you my dear Judi for always being near with your sweet remarks...

  • profile image


    8 years ago

    Morning samsons1 and hello to all the wonderful flowers and the bestest flower of them all Mrs. Samsons1... great you can share with us the many you have.

    Flowers are a true blessing are they not, the colors, aroma and the blessing they are to those whom appreciate them.... Thank you Father and thank you brother for this gem of a hub.

    Blessings and Hugs to both

  • Judicastro profile image


    8 years ago from birmingham, Alabama

    Samson I am impressed with your vast knowledge of flower names!! Informative hub dear friend. I, like your wife like to work in the garden but I grow veggies. Unfortunately I haven't been able to have a garden for a few years. Good seeing you and mrs. And I love the jungle decor of your home!

  • prasetio30 profile image


    8 years ago from malang-indonesia

    Very inspiring hub. You always impress me with your kind word. I love your final statement. "all of God's creation has a purpose" the purpose is for the creature in the world , like human, animal, even plants. God create beautiful flowers for us and I believe we got many benefit from the flowers. I learn much from this hub. Good work, my friend. Vote up as usual.



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