In special appreciation to all Moms.

By Dahlia Bloom

In special appreciation to all Moms.

One day is not enough...

This edition of Bloom’s blog pays tribute to all Moms – a universal role that creates, shapes and builds each of us. In special appreciation for the lessons our mothers teach us, through their quiet love of flowers and gardens. This blog is part of Modern Flower Ltd.’s commitment to awareness and resources in flower related fields.

 

Today marks a reminder to reflect on the love, devotion and traditions our mothers have given us.

My mother was a flower gardener, and her mother was as well. I wonder if her mother’s mother was one too? While my mom is plagued by memory loss, struggling with everyday tasks and simple communication, I feel her through my work with flowers, and when I’ve got my hands full of soil.

 

I often reflect on the hours we spent together in the garden when I was young (and probably did more damage than help). She quietly and patiently taught me how to grow beauty, how to paint with flowers, and how to create memories together.

I feel lucky to have this medium to connect with these wonderful memories, and am thankful that my floral work allows me to see past her current condition.

 luxury floral arrangement featuring peonies

Image above showcases my recent work with flowers, in memory of my mom and her love of peonies. Photo and arrangement by Modern Flowers.

 

The seed of tradition.

Each year, when I create my planting plan for the upcoming flower harvest, I gravitate to luscious, full bloom bulbs and tubers.  I have to challenge myself to consider new varieties and new combinations that feel less familiar. While I prefer deep saturated colours, which vary from the pastels my mom preferred, I naturally select the same plants her garden featured.  

It makes me wonder - do we unknowingly plant the familiar species from our childhood landscape?  Is the landscape environment we grew up in deeply rooted in our identity? Are we naturally gravitate towards tradition, comforted when surrounded by trees and plants that grow in our memories?

I recently met a horticulturalist, when consulting on renovations we are making to our gardens. He asked me where I grew up.  At the time, it seemed like a strange question and not relevant to the current project, but now I wonder if there is a connection to landscape and memory?
 
Answering his question, I realized that the renovations we’ve drafted for our yard, are really an integration of more familiar plantings from my childhood home. I grew up in the countryside with a fruit orchard, a large vegetable garden and numerous flower beds my Mom tended. While we live in an urban community, our new landscape plan incorporates fruit trees and a large number of raised planters for flowers and vegetables.
 

 

Image above showcases my recent work with flowers, in memory of my mom and her love of peonies. Photo and arrangement by Modern Flowers.

Connecting urban children to nature.

In Frontiers in Psychology’s research article “Fostering Children’s Connection to Nature through Authentic Situations: The Case of Saving Salamanders at School”, their study shows how children develop a direct, increased understanding and relationship with nature when they participate in hands-on sensory interaction with the natural environment and species. The children studied remembered and continued to feel responsible for the salamanders featured in their stewardship project two years after the project concluded. This study goes on to note that the more deeply children experience their world, the more pleasurable feedback (engaging affordances) they receive, which then motivates them to continue to explore and connect with this experience.

 

This research and similar studies are of particular importance because the rate and scale of change towards global urbanization is increasing rapidly. Globally, the urban population is projected to double from its 2005 rate of 3.2 billion to 6.4 billion by 2050. World Cities Report 2016, UN-Habitat.  This shift towards urbanization may limit our possibility to experience natural environments regularly, and may lead to a change in our baseline relationship to nature. Why should we care? This matters because it has been shown that humans who have a greater connectedness with nature have stronger pro-environmental attitudes and behaviours. Environ. Psychol., Bruni and Schultz, 2010. And while current studies show that this action-attitude gap is an unresolved problem in sustainability planning and management Front. Psychol., Linder et al, 2018., we hope that our collective efforts will ensure a sustainable future.

 

 Luxury floral arrangement featuring Peonies by Modern Flowers

Image above showcases my recent work with flowers, in memory of my mom and our lovely time gardening together. Photo and arrangement by Modern Flowers.

 

 

A mother’s love.

So while this blog has become a bit academic for my Mother’s day intentions, I realize that the hands-on fostering of the natural world my mom instilled in me was one of the big life lessons she bestowed. That her patience in planting this connection to gardening will help me appreciate the importance of a healthy, sustainable environment.  And that her love of flowers will continue to connect me to who I am, and my memories of what a lovely person she is (especially when she can no longer easily communicate or express herself).

 

Thank you, Mom – I hope I can continue the tradition and spread this deeply rooted family connection to horticulture.

 

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