Floral Friday - made me smile

This month, I thought it would be nice for showcase some happy flowers, you know, the ones that "made me smile". For this theme, I choose these red flamingo flowers that I have growing in a pot in the backyard. To better explain why they are my happy flowers, let me bring you back to some six years ago when they first came into my possession...
Flamingo flowers
It was 2008 and for the first time in my life, I lived all by myself in an inner city apartment. It was a tiny warehouse conversion on a noisy, dusty street with a pub just across the road. Down the street was a cafe that served great coffee and a mean bacon and egg roll. It was a mere 5 minutes to the city and it perfectly suited my lifestyle then.

The previous tenant had left behind some of her possessions, one of which was a sad looking, obviously neglected pot plant sitting in corner of the balcony. Its leaves were covered in dust and I had no idea what sort of plant it was, the terrible brown thumb I was then. 

Then one day, after consulting Dr Google, I wiped clean each leaf, re-potted the plant using new potting mix, gave it a weak fertilizer solution and moved it to a sunnier spot.  I also made sure to water it and wipe the leaves with water regularly after that. Slowly, it started to grow new shoots and leaves and began to thrive. And then, quite unexpectedly, it flowered.
When Stu and I bought our house together three years ago, I, of course, brought the plant with me. In the suburbs, it flourished even more and has been flowering quite regularly for me. Looking at them brings me much joy and pride as it was my first bit of gardening success! 

What flowers make you smile? If you like to participate in this month's Floral Friday, simply add the link to your happy flowers post below. And be sure to check out everyone else's links too!

Floral Friday is a monthly photography project with different themes each month. This series is about fun and taking time out to smell the flowers. To play along next time, please email me for next month's theme.
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39 Responses to Floral Friday - made me smile

My Garden Diaries said...

Oh friend I just love this story! Isn't it just fantastic how a bloom can transport you to another time?!? What a beautiful bloom by the way!!! Will be linking up here in a bit!! Happy day to you!!! Nicole xoxo

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Cooool!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Dr. Google btw made me smile. :)

Samantha Heather said...

What a beautiful story Trish. Planting something and watching it grow truly is such a satisfying feeling. Perhaps when he's old enough, you and Alexander can plant a tree/flower together. I did that when I was a little girl and the little tree grew into a tall giant. It definitely was wonderful to have something I could call my own work. So satisfying

OtherMix said...

I love the story behind this, it's great you still have it! :]

Once again, I joined too! :D

trishie said...

Sam, that's a brilliant idea!! Yes I must whrn Alex is bigger

burntfeather said...

lovely :) I think keeping plants alive and have them be happy around you is one of the nicest things - I've only just discovered myself!

Sam said...

Aww wonderfully narrated, its a beautiful plant!

Lauren said...

That is a very cheerful, pretty flower. We plant a lot here because pretty much everything grows in Oregon (we get so much rain). I don't know which one would be my favorite. These flowers called "Allium Globmaster" were a big hit last summer. They basically look like big colorful puff balls. I like them.

Michelle said...

That is sweet! Im lucky if I get a few months out of my flowering plants before they die a slow and painful death! Sunflowers make me smile and feel happy x

Sarah Jane said...

I don't think I've ever seen this plant before - what lovely flowers it has! Thanks for hosting Floral Friday!

Sarah xx

Pamela RG said...

Sorry, I haven't joined yet. We don't have any flower blooms here in Toronto yet. Our grounds are still covered in snow. Can't wait for Spring. Your flowers are lovely.

Tina Bradley said...

Your lovely , enduring plant made me smile, too! I simply cannot wait for the emergence of blooming outdoors plants. It's still the "dead" of winter here right now--but, there is hope... Hugs, T. http://tickledpinwoman.blogspot.com

Stacy @ Sweethearts + Sweet Tarts said...

So cool that this beautiful plant has been with you for so long! It was meant to be that you were united with this plant. Wonderful story, Trishie!

Weekend-Windup said...

Enjoyed reading your story. I too love this flower since it will last for so many days. It has some uniqueness between other flowers.

Vanisha @ A Life Un-Styled said...

What a lovely story :) Carnations make me smile, when I was a teenager they were my favourite flowers. I preferred them over roses. As I grew older my preferences changed but every time I see them I think of those teenager years with fond memories xoxox

Kate from Clear the Way said...

I love this story! That's seriously so sweet.

Jane said...

love those flowers and the story! it even made me smile! nurturing really goes a long way for just about anything!

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Those flowers are gorgeous, and what a sweet story!

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

Love the story behind this sweet plant. It's no wonder it brings you so much joy Trishie!

Rowena @ rolala loves

M @ onthesamepage.com said...

I love that with your hard work and care, you were rewarded with the blooms that you probably weren't even expecting! ~ Seems to me a great parallel to life. It also seems to be a reflection of a transitional time in your life both of you grew together :)

Our Neck of the Woods said...

They are so beautiful! Any flowers make me smile, but maybe my favorites are black-eyed susans. They make me smile the most :)

Anouka said...

Great that you still have the plant! I don't take much time to take care of plants. All I have are 15 mini cacti that I love to water once in a while and watch grow.

Sam said...

Thanks for your thoughts.. Have an awesome weekend babe!

Kelven said...

Someone once told me to slow down and smell the flowers. It was an analogy that we have all heard at one time or another but it never rings true until you are in the midst of turmoil and you feel like you can't keep up anymore. Anyway, sorry for side tracking the discussion! :)

Peach Macarons said...

I love this story! something just need a little TLC and amazing the results you can get. beautiful flower too!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Trishie,

I loved reading your story and it was so lovely that you transformed the dusty sad plant into this beauty.
Thanks for organizing floral Friday

happy weekend
Carolyn

Erika Lee @ A Tiny Rocket said...

awww I love flowres- just looking at them make me happy. its about to be tulip season here- yay.

Czarina Mae said...

Adorable story! If that plant could talk, it would be thanking you for giving it a new life. Haha! :)

trishie said...

Lauren, I just googled 'Allium Globmaster' and wow! They are absolutely stunning flowers! I have never seen them before

OtherMix said...

Thank you Trishie for your comment, I'm glad you liked it! :] Have a good weekend!

Niken said...

gorgeous antorium! i wish i had a garden....

Ananka said...

What a lovely flower and nice story too :-)

Hoda Katebi said...

Aw this is so beautiful! (and getting me excited for spring!)
What a beautiful post! xx

<(") Hoda
JooJoo Azad ~ Free Bird

AVY said...

Taking care of a flower is like therapy, I just wish I could actually do it without killing it.

/Avy

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akiko hiramatsu said...

Such a beautiful flower! and sweet story.

akiko

orchid Miyako said...

Wow, I learned about this flamingo flowers for the first time♡♡♡  And LOVEY story.

Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

CQUEK said...

The flamingo flower can produce colorful blooms year-round.

Tina @ Girl with a New Life said...

It really is exciting to see something you nurtured sprouting pretty blooms. The tulips I planted with my mums-in-law are just sprouting now, and it does make me smile.