These gorgeous Zinnias have become the showpiece of my garden this season. The seeds came out of an old (expired) box of flower seeds given to me by someone who was moving and was cleaning out. I think the box had a price tag of $1 on it, but it also had a clearance tag that said 90% off. The were so old, I just threw them in a plot of dirt and forgot about them -- I figured if anything bloomed at all it would be a miracle.
A few weeks later, here we are. Beautiful, healthy, strong, abundant flowers. I can't help but take a few lessons away from this experience:
- You're never too old to bloom
- Your price tag does not determine your worth
- Sometimes a plot of dirt is all you need
- Even if you're discarded, you still have value
- If someone thinks you're not worth the effort, show them how wrong they are
According to FlowerMeaning.com:
The zinnia is one tough flower so the symbolism has evolved to mean endurance in all of it’s many forms. This includes spontaneous endurance: from youth to old age the zinnia endures and continues to bloom. It is also believed to mean joyous endurance, happy to bloom in the broiling heat of summer. The zinnia also endures through any trials and tribulations (unforgiving heat, drought, bugs) and continues to put forth beautiful flowers in many shades of red, orange, apricot, yellow, white, lilac and even lime green.
Bloom, Mamas. Bloom.