Flowers in Poetry With a Poem

Updated on March 31, 2019
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Tim Truzy is a poet, short-story author, and he is currently working on several novels.

Orange Cosmos
Orange Cosmos | Source

A Little Talk With The Plants

When I was young, my grandmother would often take her morning stroll with me accompanying her. She would walk through the garden, speaking a kind word or two to the plants. She would say things like: “Mr. Tomato bush, I know you are going to bring me some pretty juicy red tomatoes this year.” I always smiled and thought how sweet it was for my grandmother to do this.

Scientists have studied this behavior by some people who maintain gardens. They found there may be benefits related to plant growth from saying a few words now and then to the plants. Perhaps, flowers and other plant life feel the positive vibrations of appreciation in a human’s voice. My grandmother always said: “They tend to behave better when I talk to them.” Plants in my grandmother garden always produced the best tasting vegetables or fruits. Indeed, most of us would seek to perform at a higher level with kind caring words coming our way.

I wrote this poem in honor of those people like my grandmother who show respect and tenderness to life around them. Plants are living organisms like we are. Grandmother helped to cultivate that understanding in me. May she rest in peace forever.

Likewise, my wife’s grandmother was fond of flowers, and my wife enjoys taking photos of them. I thank my spouse for the wonderful photos of flowers she provided for this work. She’ll probably receive roses for her efforts. If you prefer, leave a comment at the end of this article. Enjoy: Flowers for My Grandmother

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A trio of purple pansies
A trio of purple pansies | Source

Flowers for My Grandmother

The flower winked at my meadow passage,

Blinking wind with petals and stem caressing,

Sun orange rolling across the lazy sky

Vanity stones upon my feet and head.

Silence fertilize the soil of the dead,

Daisies, roses, carnations, sing their beds,

Chorus of colors-whites, blacks, yellows, reds, browns,

All bloomed in their vases rainbow earthbound.

She laughed “Marigolds pray morning glories!

Out snakes and witches business abhors me!”

Prepared teas and stews on iron wooden stove,

Flowers for flavor she brought from her grove.

Lilies lifted leaves leaning with laughter,

Chrysanthemums chat with her approval,

Maples marveled grandmother’s melodies,

Humans healed her humming helped hurt hedges.

Bountiful bundle touched my grandmother,

If she could smell them she would tell them so,

“Grow and be great for this world and the next!”

Cemetery bear witness to that text.

Purple coneflower with butterfly
Purple coneflower with butterfly | Source

I ponder dandelion destiny,

Nirvana her Heaven golden showers,

Strolling and talking with the Great Gardener,

Rows upon rows of floral contentment.

Daffodil smiles my path plain encircled,

Granting blossoms wild wandering stillness,

Offering kind words from ground sparkling,

Stems dripping dew of dawn upon weathered grief.

Years fade and sprout anew pollinating

My soul flourishing soil of my making,

Nectar life thriving harvesting my acts,

Spreading roots to plant memories of me.

My dust to refurbish dirt end of season,

Finding shelter pleasant sanctuary,

I rise eternal garden awaits me,

Pretty flowers with Grandma will greet me.

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More About Flowers

Flowers are a vital part of our lives. They enhance the beauty of our surroundings. Flowers also provide food and homes for insects and other creatures. Like other plants, flowers help with the prevention of soil erosion when they are a part of the outdoor environment. We as humans attached sentimental value and olfactory pleasure to these plants in their various forms, shapes, and colors. I’ve included information about a few species of flowers below for you to enjoy. Brighten your life with flowers when you can.

  • Cosmos Flowers – These flowers arrived in the United States around 1800 A.D. They came to the U.S. from Mexico, and they can be perennial or annual. Cosmos is a genus consisting of at least 20 species of flowers. Some plants which are cosmos flowers include: asters, daisies, and sun flowers. Cosmos flowers handle droughts well and they grow quickly.
  • , Dandelions – This is a very common flower, coming to America from Eurasia. It grows well in grassy meadows, forests, gardens and other environments. The dandelion prefers temperate climates which makes the flower popular the world over. Because the flower is extensively found across the globe, there are many varieties to choose from.
  • Daffodil – These trumpet-shaped flowers bloom in clusters usually. They may be yellow or white in color. They are common garden flowers, but lyrics about daffodils find their way into songs and poetry. Often, daffodils are used as part of scenery in many stories.
  • Dogwood Flowers – This plant was officially designated as the state flower of North Carolina in 1941. It grows on the dogwood trees which are found in every area of the state. These flowers have white or pinkish petals.
  • Rose – The rose is our national flower, receiving the honor in 1986. Georgia, New York, Iowa, and North Dakota also recognize a type of rose as their state flower. Roses can have a variety of colors: red, yellow, white, or pink. These flowers have inspired songs, poetry, and other creative work. Roses have a very pleasant odor and they are wonderful to have around.

An unusual red dogwood flower
An unusual red dogwood flower | Source

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    Tim Truzy 

    12 days ago from U.S.A.

    Perhaps, the biggest challenge of this current pandemic has been the fact I can't visit one of my favorite places to think at the arboretum at one of our local universities. However, I have been spending peaceful time under one of our giant oak trees. Maybe I can have a conversation with those beautiful flowers over at the arboretum soon.Thanks for reading.

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    Tim Truzy 

    12 days ago from U.S.A.

    We just received seeds for fall plants we will plant. I look forward to honoring my grandmother when I plant these seeds. Thanks.

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    Tim Truzy 

    13 months ago from U.S.A.

    Today, I went outside to provide nourishment to our hydrangeas. I spent a little time with them,wishing good health before coming back into the house. It reminded me of great gardeners like my Grandmother. I appreciate visit.

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    Tim Truzy 

    13 months ago from U.S.A.

    Astute and kind, Laura. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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    Laura Grace 

    13 months ago from Tampa, Florida

    Your grandmother was wise and lovely, she taught you to love nature because indeed is alive and has feelings. I too talk to my plants and their blossoms are their answers. Great work!

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    Tim Truzy 

    17 months ago from U.S.A.

    Yesterday, I walked the garden near our house at a friend's place. The flowers were beautiful, bringing in the spring with merriment and glory. I couldn't help but remember my grandmother and her fondness of nature. I suppose I have some of that in my soul, too. Thanks for reading.


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    Tim Truzy 

    2 years ago from U.S.A.

    The purpose of this poem was to honor my grandmother, not to prove or disprove any controversy surrounding whether talking to plants is a worthwhile endeavor. However, Japanese researchers have proven there appears to be some support for doing so. In fact, a German forest ranger has gathered evidence that forest engage in "social" and "community activities." He engages in "speaking" to treess, which have flourished, in areas once destroyed during W.W.II. Thank you for reading this poem and commenting.



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    Ioannis Arvanitis 

    2 years ago from Greece, Almyros

    "An ocean separates us from meeting today, but through Him, we will meet. I also believe that once people who know God interact on this Earth, so do their ancestors even more in Heaven."

    I couldn't agree more, my Brother!

    You and your wife are in my prayers.

    With great respect


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    Tim Truzy 

    2 years ago from U.S.A.

    My friend, Sean,

    An ocean separates us from meeting today, but through Him, we will meet. I also believe that once people who know God interact on this Earth, so do their ancestors even more in Heaven.

    You have given me the kindest of compliments, and I appreciate your beautiful expression of sincerity.

    God bless you, and my grandmother probably feels the same way.



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    Tim Truzy 

    2 years ago from U.S.A.

    Thank you Robin for reading my poem. I appreciate your kind comments. Flowers certainly make our lives more interesting.

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    Tim Truzy 

    2 years ago from U.S.A.

    Thank you, Linda. My wife's goal is to turn our yard into a forest, so we are always planting new flowers.

    British Columbia is a beautiful part of North America; we hope to visit there someday. Then, we could marvel at the beauty your nation offers the world up close.

    The dogwood flower in N.C. has a rich history. Soldiers used the tee bark from the dogwood tree and the flower to treat wounds during the American Civil War. It was considered medicine as well.

    Thank you for reading my poem and writing such a thoughtful comments.

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    Robin Carretti 

    2 years ago from Hightstown

    Just adore this colorful so fascinating flowers to me are alluring and somehow they speak for themselves. Good heart with rich soil with my chamomile Tea with daisies around A rose of cheeks and smiles very creatively done your words

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    Linda Crampton 

    2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    The poem and the photos are lovely. I enjoyed learning about your grandmother. It was interesting to read that the dogwood is the state flower of North Carolina. The Pacific Dogwood is the floral emblem of British Columbia, where I live.

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    Tim Truzy 

    2 years ago from U.S.A.

    Thank Phreekeys,

    Your country has fascinating plant life.

    The fact that you took time to write a response shows you are thoughtful of life as well.

    Your comment was very kind, and I wish your day to be merry and rewarding.


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    Tim Truzy 

    2 years ago from U.S.A.

    We like to do many things before the sun rises - my wife and I are fans of the morning. Those shots were probably taken at five O'clock, right before we woke up the roosters. (lol) We consider that our job, to get out in the morning and let the roosters know it's time to crow.

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    Tim Truzy 

    2 years ago from U.S.A.

    Thank you. That is the nicest comment I have received in quite some time. It means a lot, Sonia.

    My grandfather had a farm in Georgia. Every day, he would walk the rows, speaking to his crops. Grandmother did the same, saying a kind word to her flowers, in her garden. They really took nature as an important aspect of existence on this Earth.

    My wife is the same way. I guess that sort of thinking has rubbed off on me, too.Sincerely,


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    Sonia Sylart 

    2 years ago from UK

    Hi Tim - I love flowers but most unfortunately I'm not very green fingered. Both my parents (gone now, sadly) loved flowers and plants too and I have at home two of their house plants which I am desperately trying to keep alive and healthy.

    Unfortunately the Christmas Cactus did not flower this season, but it's still alive. I cannot recall Mum or Dad actually speaking to the flowers like your Grandmother did, but I'm now thinking that maybe I should start doing this now and again to encourage these treasured houseplants to thrive. It certainly can't do any harm - and if it worked for your Grandmother, it might well work for me. Many thanks for sharing.

    PS I like that your photos showed flowers against a dark background - unusual and effective.

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    2 years ago

    I love flowers. I talk to plants and animals. I love how tenderhearted your Grandmother was. I love the photos your wife took of the flowers.

    Your poem was alive and beautiful.


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