To Blossom

A peony blossom


And then the day came,
when the risk
to remain tight
in a bud
was more painful
than the risk
it took
to Blossom.

Anaïs Nin

a peony's unfurling
a peony’s unfurling

It’s that time of year when the Pear trees are in full bloom, and the street on which I live, lined with dozens of Pear tress, looks like a parade of white blossoms. The weeping cherry tree across the street from my house looked like a cotton candy pink umbrella until today, in the wind, the petals have been fluttering down, swirling onto the greening grass.

I love the flowers which bloom first, the ones which remind us that spring really is coming. They are the delicate grace notes which bounce on the chilly breeze, the kind which bring the first scents after a long and trying winter.

I haven’t planted daffodils yet or tulips, or any bulbs really, since my family and I moved into this house after our move back from Prague two years ago, but it is one of my goals for this fall. I love the the old varieties of daffodils which have more fragrance and unruly ruffles than the ordinary yellow ones. They’re enchanting.

It’s true; I love spring.

A peony blossom
A peony blossom


To Blossom

Anais Nin’s poem “Risk”, above, is one which has endless meaning to me.

It’s true. A bud must risk opening in order to bloom.

The same goes for us as humans.

It is easier to stay closed tight, not risking, not sharing, keeping ourselves tucked neatly inside, safe.

A flower must bloom.

A butterfly must fly.

A human being must take risks to live.

She must spread her wings and venture past her nest. She must unfurl her colors petal by petal. Because who knows how high and far and long she can fly until she tries. And who knows how beautiful a flower might be until it blooms.

And blooming, and making the world a more beautiful place is a flower’s purpose.

Living fully with our colors and wings unfurled is our purpose.

As Anais Nin said, we were made to blossom.




This morning, another tree has burst into bloom, and the perennials and roses planted in my backyard garden are filling out with leaves. It’s beginning to look like a world which is alive. Thank goodness, after this winter. I look forward to rediscovering the flowers as they begin to bloom, one by one.

What flowers have you planted this year? Which blooms are you most looking forward to?


Published by Jennifer Lyn Art

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14 thoughts on “To Blossom

  1. These photos are exquisite! I haven’t planted anything yet, but I’m looking forward to the bulbs blooming. So far we only have crocuses. But anything and everything is so welcome!!

  2. I agree with Julia that these photos are “exquisite!” I have not planted anything yet, but plan to set out some begonias and impatiens really soon. This morning as I left my house, I noticed the lone daffodil had bloomed! The tulip next to it is about to burst open as well. And the cherry blossoms, which proliferate in my neighborhood, are starting to show their beautiful pink blossoms. By the weekend, I am sure they will be on full magnificent display. What a miracle nature is!

  3. “I love the flowers which bloom first, the ones which remind us that spring really is coming. They are the delicate grace notes which bounce on the chilly breeze, the kind which bring the first scents after a long and trying winter.”

    Gorgeous post and gorgeous photos!

  4. I have many wonderful flowers planted, and I’m in love with them all. My lilacs (both white and lavender) are out, the peonies are not far behind. Last year I ordered some dahlias from a catalog and planted them in early spring. By summer I’d forgotten about them and was intrigued when 5 mysterious bushes emerged. I was thrilled when the bushes bloomed with gorgeous flowers. Dahlias need to be brought in during our winter, so I am patiently waiting a few more weeks before I replant them. Each spring a nearby resort hosts a tulip festival. At the end of the festival all spring bulbs are pulled up and sold for $3 a dozen. However, the bulbs are sold from unmarked bins. For the last two years I’ve purchased 6 dozen unknown bulbs and planted them around my yard. It is always a delight and surprise in the spring to see what colorful bouquets emerge. I’m waiting with baited breath for my roses, hollyhocks and delphiniums to bloom.

    1. I love to hear about your surprise plants, Kim. How lovely it must be to discover tulips of colors you didn’t know of and dahlias which you’d forgotten. It must be a garden paradise in your yard. Thank you for sharing!

  5. I love walking out into my garden right now – it’s alive with blooms and bees and butterflies…I planted 200 ranunculas and they are bursting out in pinks and whites!

  6. Jen, you amaze me! Sheer beauty and wisdom. I am sharing all over the place. The worlds needs this. LOVE the Anaïs Nin quote you included. Gorgeous.

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