On a recent Saturday, a group of gardeners, farmers and home gardeners gathered in a large garden to celebrate the warm weather.
The weather was warm, but there were plenty of flowers to be had.
The day’s first event, an outdoor flower mound, was held on the grassy area of the lawn.
The mound was a favorite of the gardeners and included an outdoor basket, a garden chair and a picnic table.
As the afternoon wore on, the mood changed.
“I just feel like people are getting a little too attached to it, and I think that’s a little bit selfish,” said Kelly M. Mott, who is working with an outdoor gardening group.
Mowth’s group started the flower mound festival on a Thursday last summer and began a year ago by asking gardeners to come to the site and plant some flowers.
They also started a weekly garden newsletter, which was published by the group on the lawn, as well as by a social media page, with photographs of the group’s plants.
But the group said the flowers weren’t necessarily the main draw, and many participants had other, more personal reasons for planting flowers.
The group started out with one flower each, which is not unusual.
But some gardeners had been asked to plant more than one, and Mott said she was asked to put in more flowers than her normal garden would normally plant.
“We wanted to get a sense of what people are doing,” Mott explained.
“And so I guess it just sort of got us talking.
Mott added. “
What’s the reason behind the passion?”
The reason behind this passion, she said, is probably the flowers themselves.
Manners have changed over time, but the flower ritual was still a common way for people to show respect to their neighbors, she explained.
The word “flower” in Spanish is used to mean a particular variety of flower, which Mott and other gardeners have heard is called a mule.
The mule has been around for hundreds of years, she noted.
“It’s been around because it was a way to show appreciation for someone else,” Mowith said.
Mollies flower ceremony, in which a group flowers each other with a mulet, was popular in the 1920s.
But now the word is often used in the context of flowers, Mott noted.
When she was growing up, Mowiths mother would bring her flowers to her home and share them with the neighbors.
In addition, Mowlith said, she always brought her children to the gardens to watch them.
In her opinion, Mollys new tradition has been more respectful to the garden community, which has changed a lot since her childhood.
“The idea is to keep it as simple as possible,” she said.
“There’s not a lot of tradition, but I think the people are growing up and are learning about things and respecting each other.”
Mowithers daughter, Kay, said she would rather have her parents and other members of her family plant flowers instead of letting the word grow in her mind.
“But it’s not like I have a choice,” she added.
“All of my friends are planting, so I just try to make sure it’s just a good, honest, respectful ceremony.
It’s just the way it is.”