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Some flowers get all the looks!

Some flowers get all the looks! That is why I like collecting them, and delivering them to surprise strangers all over the Philadelphia and suburban areas.

I  marvel at how people gaze at the flowers with joy written all over their faces.

I love that flowers get all of the looks….the looks of appreciation, happiness, joy, fun and surprise.

 

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Where will flowering take you?

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My “Flower Lady” light was a little dim today. Stomach was hurting. Feeling tired and out of sorts. I DECIDED TO TAKE A BREAK AND NOT DELIVER FREE FLOWERS TO SENIORS….but at 9 a.m., I changed my mind.

Fifty seniors and staff at the senior center were glad that I did change my mind.

I started to feel better when I saw so many faces light up with joy at the surprise of free flowers. I received this email a little while ago. “It was great meeting you today, Patricia! Thank you for all of the wonderful bouquets of smiles that you bring our seniors in Norristown.”

When you click the link below, it takes you to the main Happy Flower Day site.

happyflowerday.org

 

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Extra! Extra! Get your fresh and free flowers – at a bus station and a picnic area today

Flowers first thing in the morning given to the young woman who bumped into my car while waiting at the red light!

I was stopped waiting for the light to change from red to green. Bang! Thump! I hopped out of my car as the twenty-something young woman exclaimed, “I am so sorry. I didn’t mean to bump you.  I hope there is no damage.”

She was very upset.  Her friend who was in the passenger seat was also upset. I did a very quick assessment. Thankfully, it was just few scratch marks but no dents. I hugged her and told her everything was okay.

Then I said, “I have something for you – for your mom to put on the kitchen table.” I grabbed a bag of beautiful glorious bouquets from the back seat of my flower-mobile (aka little white KIA) and handed them to her. Probably ten bouquets of donated bouquets of tulips were in the bag.

Being the Flower Lady is easy….and gets even easier when you have the opportunity to  spread some flowery love to a scared young woman.

I kind of blended my roles as a mother of four children and The Flower Lady. What would I want someone to do if it were one of my kids who tapped someone’s vehicle – or me?

 

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My flowering volunteer is Ella who is 94-years-old – a true late bloomer

“Petals and Blooms-ceptional” Day at a Senior Center and an Adult Day Care Program

It was a rainy and cold day here in Philadelphia. But it was a flower-ceptional day to take flowers to a senior center and an adult day center. I had my favorite volunteer flower-giver with me – my friend Ella who is 94-years-old. We walked in with our arms full of flowers to give away for FREE to seniors and caregivers.

 

Passing out the flowers was a way to warm hearts with bright and cheery bouquets – a mix of dramatic red roses, purple and pink tulips, and a rainbow colored assortment of daisies and chrysanthemums. All donated to me FREE  – the flowers and plants were unsold  merchandise  from the store’s Easter inventory.

My motto: Let not a bouquet be thrown away while it still has a blessing in it.  (I just made that motto up – just popped into my mind.)

Flower blessings are so commonplace in outside gardens and on church altars – but to my dismay, not commonplace in  nursing homes, group homes, shelters, hospitals, and hospices.

The scent of the flowers, the brightly-colored cellophane wrapping and the beauty of each flower permeated well-being, cheer, and improved the mood of many of the participants.

The leftover flowers got a second chance of life – thankfully because they were not disposed of. The community center seniors received a surprise.  A win-win exchange.

Maybe the flowers made their day! I sure hope so. Visiting them made my day happy. I made a mental note of resolve to share this idea in as many ways as I can.

Link to Happy Flower Day main website

 

 

Things are not always ‘rosy” with people when they are sick or lonely.

I read that 1.6 million people receive Hospice Care annually. You can partner with a hospice care organization and deliver donated flowers to hospice patients. How about the nationwide Meals on Wheels program? Contact them. Ask if they would like to add a bouquet of beautiful tulips, roses, carnations and daisies – to the meals that their volunteers deliver to shut-ins.

Things are not always ‘rosy” with people when they are sick or lonely. Flowery kindness makes a difference. Flowers fill gloomy places with smiles! Your flowers have the power to say someone cares – you are not forgotten. I am not sure how many flowers I have in these carts today. (Want to take a wild guess? My guess is 175 bouquets.) How can YOU not be happy when you give people flowers? How can ANY PERSON not be happy when someone gives THEM flowers? Flowers bloom smiles, lift depression and connect strangers.

I invite you to stop and smell the roses and start your own way of giving surprise gifts of flowery cheer.

Link to main Happy Flower Day website

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Going with the flow – what I mean is going with the flow with flowers!

I had helped a friend all day. It was 5 p.m. I thought about going to a dance tonight and then I thought about taking flowers to a nursing home. It was pretty late to call  a store for flower donations. I thought, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.” I was delighted to know that they still had three bags and a box of “slightly used donations” that I could recycle,  and give a repeat life for some  sunflowers, roses, orchids and daisies. John and I took them to two nursing homes and then went to Cracker Barrel for a nice dinner!

 

This nice lady in the picture below was visiting her husband in a nursing home. She was just “resting” in her husband’s wheelchair. She thanked us for the flowers and asked us if by any chance we had given flowers to her son last Saturday. John said, “Yep, that was us. I remember your son. What a nice young man.”

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A Way to Make Your Mondays More Manageable – Flowering Beauty and Smiles

Bob and I liked to take flowers to strangers who needed smiles. He was 91 years old, a Yale graduate, a World War II Naval officer, and a fun person to listen to as we made our petals and blooms rounds. We talked about pets, holiday traditions, Pearl Harbor, old fashioned niceties that he thought should come back into vogue, aging gracefully, the wife he adored, and life lessons learned in 9 decades. And he played the harmonica to “announce” that we were on our way in with the petals and blooms. bob me flowers fam restaurant

Trisha, I used to play the harmonica. What do you think of this idea? I could get it out and start practicing some patriotic tunes. Then, as we carry the flowers in to the nursing home, I can “announce” the visit by playing Yankee Doodle Dandy, God Bless America, America the Beautiful, The Battle Hymn of the Republic, The Halls of Montezuma, Stars and Stripes Forever and The Star-Spangled Banner. I am a little rusty on those songs but if I practice, I should be able to do that within a few weeks. I might need to buy another harmonica because this one does not seem to be quite right. (Bob, my 91-year-old volunteer)

My Favorite Place to Take Flowers? Hmmm, you can flower magic anywhere!

I wish I could name one place as the winner but I really do not have a favorite place. Today,  I started out with 150 bouquets. My husband came with me and said that there was no way that I was going to fit them all in my small KIA Forte. Yep, we did it!  We went to two nursing homes and two senior apartment buildings in Philadelphia. All gone. Easy peasy flowery squeezy!

 

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Nothing like free flowers to make a day go better for the giver and the receiver! Happy Flower Day to you.

Started out today with 100 bouquets. Two nursing homes, a McDonalds restaurant and a busy laundromat later, the petals and blooms are all gone. Day is done. Lots of fun! From Wayne to Philadelphia to Cheltenham. Lots of miles. Lots of smiles. Can you sense the flowery love in the air?