Lovely flowers



May 15, 2022

Lovely flowers

Col Hasan (Retd) describes some exquisite natural beauties


Lovely flowers are the best gift of nature to the human race. They are bewitchingly attractive to human spirit. They have the potential to uplift human soul even out of deeply depressing circumstances. When they bloom they bring a breath of fresh air and their aroma engenders vivacity of life. Flowers bloom in every shape and form and with extremely vibrant colours that adds a scintillating appearance to them. There are innumerable kinds and types of flowers but some are exceptionally beautiful and draw attention towards them.
These lovely flowers & blossoms are believed to be the most ancient in the world with fossils dating back some 35 million years. The oldest living one is approximately 1,000 years old.
With some 70-plus varieties of this bloom found in many regions across the world, hydrangeas are thought to be one of the most resilient flowers.
Lilies are perennial plants that are renowned for their ability to support pollinators like bees and butterflies, and for their social nature. It is noted that they grow best in groups of three to five.
These pretty petalled plants typically bloom from spring through summer and are native to Asia, Europe, and North America. Living up to 100 years, they are hardy and are regarded as an omen of good fortune and love.
Back in the Victorian era, freesias were a symbol of trust between two people and were often given from one friend or family member to another. White blooms symbolise purity; pink, motherly love; yellow, joy; and red, passion.
The lotus is one of the very lovely flowers carries some heavy symbolism, and represents everything from wealth to fertility in India and other Asian countries. It thrives in ponds and lakes and has been used for centuries for medicinal purposes.
Morning glories
With slender stems and heart-shaped leaves, the morning glory is one of the most brightly-coloured and common plants in any garden. The attractive blossoms grow in a vine-like fashion and are resistant to drought-like conditions, making them the perfect plant for those testing out their green thumb.
Beautifully scented and with perfectly proportioned petals, gardenias are popular plants native to China, Japan, and Taiwan. In many cultures, it’s believed cultivating the humidity-loving blooms will bring good fortune.
There are believed to be 70 species of this sun-tracking blossom, which was first planted in North America 5,000 years ago. Each sunflower contains as many as 1,000 to 2,000 seeds, which can be used for feeding humans and birds creating oil for beauty and health products, and replanting. TW

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Lt Col S. Hassan Ahmed (Retired) is a social activist


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