You Can't Always Get What You Want
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Life Lived Outside
The Kerby's Nursery E-Newsletter
April 28, 2022
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You Can't Always Get What You Want
by Joey Bokor
That title, of course, comes from the Rolling Stones song of the same name. It's a saying that we hear a lot in many different forms, a popular one being 'The grass is always greener on the other side.' Well, this week, I got to experience something that we can't have here in Florida, but that we often want: Tulips and Daffodils.
I don't know if you have a favorite flower or not, but mine has always been the daffodil. I'm not sure why, but ever since I can remember it has been my favorite flower. Maybe it is the shape, like a trumpet announcing its presence to the world, or maybe it is the bright, sunshine yellow that seems to smile with radiance. Even with all the gorgeous flowers around us here in Florida, the daffodil has remained my favorite.
We were able to sneak away from the nursery last week to visit family in Virginia, and my sister took us to Burnside Farms where we experienced a sea of tulips and fields of daffodils. It was amazing. The variety of colors, shapes, and patterns was absolutely breathtaking. Each new row had us saying 'No, this one is my favorite'. And then we came to the daffodil fields. With a comfortable chair, I think I could have sat and stared at that field of flowers all day long, the happy little yellow blooms smiling away into the beautiful Virginia afternoon. As part of the admission to the farm, you get to take some flowers home with you, so our little group took home two dozen tulips and a set of daffodils to enjoy over the next few days.
And even though we can't have tulips or daffodils in Florida, we do have a plethora of beautiful flowers to fill our gardens with. We even have some beautiful bulbs like caladiums, cannas, and gladiolus. And it's time for those bulbs to get in the ground, so while supplies last, all bulbs are 40% off. I'm pretty sure I could enjoy a field of caladiums almost as much as a field of daffodils. Almost.
That's the life lesson in this little story isn't it. The full line in the Rolling Stones song is 'You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you might find you get what you need'. Another quote from Kathleen A. Sutton sums it up nicely. 'When you can't have what you want, it's time to start wanting what you have.' Happiness isn't found in what we want or don't have, it's in the things that we do have that are all around us, just often overlooked when we are looking for something more. I still love my daffodils, and I'm thankful I got to walk in a field of them, but I'm going to make sure I take a fresh look around me and enjoy what is here and now, in my garden and in my life as well. I hope you'll join me.
You love plants and you want to bring their natural beauty into your home, but you love your pets too. Don't worry, we won't make you say which you love more. The good news is both plants and pets can live together, just ask Precious, our nursery cat. Below is a list of pet-friendly house plants that the ASPCA lists as non-toxic to both dogs and cats. Check out the list and then come check out what we have in stock in the store or shop online at The Kerby's Houseplant Shop. Let's bring a little nature into our homes.
- African Violet
- Air Plants (Tillandsias)
- Areca Palm
- Baby's Tears
- Bamboo Palm
- Bird's Nest Fern
- Boston Fern
- Carnivorous Plants - Venus Fly Traps and Pitcher Plants
- Aspidistra or Cast Iron Plant
- Christmas Cactus
- Fittona or Nerve Plant
- Money Tree
- Parlor Palm
- Pilea or Friendship Plant
- Pony Tail Palm
- Purple Waffle Plant
- Spider Plant
- Staghorn Fern
*** This list was compiled from the ASPCA website on plants and is intended to be informative only. If you happen to have a pet that loves to eat plants, please keep in mind that these non-toxic plants may still cause minor illness and digestive upset. Please consult a veterinarian if you have questions on specific plants or if you experience a pet with illness caused by any plants.
The Kerby's Houseplant Shop
Send a living gift to your favorite plant person anywhere in the lower 48 states from the Kerby's online houseplant shop. Want your favorite person to be able to pick out what they'd like? Then you can also purchase a gift card to the online store. Happy Planting!
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