Bloom: Where you are Planted…or Tossed

May 9, 2023

Bloom where you are planted

Every year as I begin to plan and plant my garden I am reminded of the quote “Bloom where you are planted” attributed to Saint Francis de Sales a 17th-century bishop who wrote about the love of God and charity. It was later popularized by artist Mary Englebreit who believes miracles are like seeds that bloom when watered with attention and appreciation. The quote is used by some to express resilience, optimism and growth in the face of adversity or challenge.

I plan and then plan some more

garden cosmos, growthI painstakingly plot my rows of carrots, cucumbers, radishes, snap peas, tomatoes, zucchini, cosmos, dahlias, zinnias and sweet peas. I plant every seed in my garden in its row, in its spot. I cover them, water them and wait. Eventually, the small shoots start to appear, nice and tidy in their rows. I water them, weed around them and wait.

As the little seedlings grow and flourish

Each plant, vegetable and flower take up space. They begin to blossom and bloom. Every single year I walk through the garden and notice a few surprises. The bright orange dahlia standing tall and proud in a sea of green snap peas. The delicate pink seashell cosmo caught up in the zucchini patch. The tomatillo plant that wasn’t even planted this year in this garden blooms in the middle of the zinnia row.  I find myself wondering how these little surprises got here. So far from where they were planted. So far from their group, their carefully planned and planted row. I am both delighted and amazed. I let them be every time and every year these little surprises are my favorite plants in the garden.  They are a gift.

Ruffle Pink Garden Cosmo

I relish in the quote “Bloom where you are planted”

I think it’s a beautiful reminder to dig deep and get rooted, to rest and then when it’s time reach up for the sun and GROW. Flourish right there, right now exactly where you are…planted. But at the same I have to say the biggest inspiration I get is from those sweet seeds that were not actually planted. Those seeds that were maybe tossed or carried off somewhere else. They rooted in, rested, trusted and then reached for the sun and bloomed anyway.

This path deserves some beauty

I look around and realize on this path to somewhere, I may not be where I want to be, I have the urge to just wait, to not bloom until I get “there” someday. This path is a journey and I think it would look lovely with blossoms and blooms along the way. Remember, there is absolute beauty in the messy, unkept, not quite “ready” garden.

Bloom Anyway

Wherever you are on your journey, whether you were intentionally planted there or ended up there by way of a bird, a helpful child or a magical garden fairy. You are exactly where you are supposed to be. May you trust your roots and blossom and bloom, right now, right where you are.  You are a gift.

Until next time friends. I cherish you and I am celebrating you!





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