Seeds of Virtue

Every seed we plant has the possibility of virtues.

Plant an aster and you plant enchantment. You also plant patience.

Set the seed of Delphinium and you plant lightness and an open heart.

The hydrangea that you plant brings gratefulness of understanding.

With Heather you find good luck and admiration.

The Stargazer lily bulb grows to represent wealth and prosperity.

From the peony rhizome will bloom romance, good fortune and a happy marriage.

The rhizome of an iris brings forth faith, valor and wisdom within the three upright petals of each flower. Plant a drift.

The seeds the snapdragon holds both deception and graciousness. Care for it and you will be blessed with graciousness.

Plant Gladiolus and you plant strength and integrity.

Statice blooms remembrance.

From the sunflower we gain happiness, adoration and longevity.

What are you going to plant in your garden next year?

When the seed catalogs come, think about planting virtue.

To find out what other virtues you can plant, check out the symbolism and meaning of flowers. The virtues here are found at


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I love to photograph, paint, draw, design, garden, travel the world, and pass on a few tips and ideas that I learned through experience as a Master Gardener and architect. I am highly trained in my field and enjoy my work each and every day. I garden in Niagara Falls, NY in zone 6-B. Find me at:
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10 Responses to Seeds of Virtue

  1. Julie says:

    I love designing the garden with the meanings of flowers interwoven into the plan. It’s such a delight to pick a bouquet for a friend, thinking about what each flower means–and sharing it. (I’ve already been browsing the seed catalogs…it’s a sickness!) Happy planting!

  2. Thank you so much for stopping in. I have always been fascinated by flower meanings and symbolism. But different cultures have different meanings as does even Western nations. When I researched the meanings, I came up with so many different words to describe. I settled for one source, and one that really has a lot vested in the meanings. Teleflora also had some interesting flower history too.

  3. fer says:

    Very beautiful post! I wonder what virtues does my current plants have. It would be nice to know, since I picked them without counting that

    • Check out the teleflora link. You will find many more blooms with meaning. Their page is called The Meaning of Flowers. Actually other sites had a more extensive list, but most all the meanings on teleflora’s site were nice. Except snapdragons being deceptive. I only listed flowers that are or have been in my garden. I pulled out all the glads. They were invasive.

  4. One says:

    Hi Donna, Did you draw ‘TinkerBell’? I love your watercolor. I would like to learn to paint like that.

  5. The butterflies where an actual watercolor, but this one I did in CS5 Photoshop. I can make it really good and much more real if I spend a lot of time.

    Maybe some winter’s day I will do a post on how to draw and paint on the computer. Most people have Microsoft Paint. I do not, but I am sure many of the simple drawing tools may be similar. You just need to have transparency and most optimally, layers.

    Many people also have Photoshop Elements. It comes free with scanners and printers sometimes. Even new computers sometimes have it loaded. Elements has many of the same tools and is very inexpensive to buy and is pretty easy to learn. Maybe I can be a sales rep for Adobe. I can go out and pitch Elements. It really is a good application and so fun to use. Anybody wanting to learn the basics in photo editing should have Elements.

    One other thing that is important to drawing on the computer, but not completely necessary is a Wacom tablet. It is sorta like drawing with a pen. It takes some getting use to because you look at the monitor not the tablet when you draw. There is the Cintiq which is a devise where you actually draw naturally on screen like pen and paper. It is more expensive and I never got one.

  6. Karen says:

    Donna, another fascinating post! Your artwork is, as always, amazing.

    I am going to check out the Teleflora link; it will be interesting to find out what the flowers I favor symbolize. Thank you for the information!

    • That is what I was hoping. I wanted people to look at Teleflora’s site and see what they planted and find out what the flowers symbolize. I like meaning in all things, always searching. I like to make every door I walk through a living work of art and meaning accomplishes that.

  7. p3chandan says:

    Wow what beautiful water colours and so creative in your post! I used to paint too but now out of practice..Your artwork is amazing, do you do any exhibition for them?

    • Thank you so much. I did sell my art when I lived in Pennsylvania. I exhibited in two galleries. I do not post my fine art, but almost everyday I do about two computer paintings and if the spirit moves me, I do a quick watercolor study. Nothing great, just an illustration to support a post. I was an artist in PA, but moved to New York and took up architecture. I like designing, building and painting.

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