Earlier this month, I went to Brigg’s Nursery in North Attleboro, MA to adopt a plant.  While I was wandering around the store, I came across a lovely violet plant.  I was about to bring it to the cashier when Dan found a variety of different types of plants inside a silver watering can.  I decided to take that one home instead.  I will post pictures of my indoor garden soon.

The next day when I visited my boyfriend’s grandparents, the day I walked along Old Pond, inside their home, I noticed many violets along the window sill.  His grandma spoke about her violets in a way that I could tell she really loved them.

Somethings are pleasantly nostalgic.  Memories may spring up just by admiring them.

Since smell is the closest link to memory, even the smell of the flowers and soil can comfort us and remind us of something pleasant, or of someone we love.

In the future, I’d like to adopt a violet plant.

Do you have a favorite plant or flower?
Do any smells comfort you or remind you of someplace safe?

By Jade Nicole Beals

I'm Jade, a poet, painter, and yoga teacher. I live in southeastern Massachusetts and am from Brooklyn, New York. Besides art and yoga, I love nature, spirituality, music, tea, and a good party.


  1. I love tulips because they're the first flowers to bloom in the spring. Violets are cheerful little plants. The smell of lilacs reminds me of home and being a kid and the hope of spring.

  2. We plant tall zinnias outside our kitchen window. By mid summer when I'm at the sink, or preparing food, the flowers are blooming, and visited by the goldfinch, hummingbirds, monarch butterflies … Great kitchen company 🙂

  3. there's a certain kind of tree that blossoms, but I'm not sure what it is. it reminds me of being a kid at my grandparent's house, and when I moved to Boise last year they were everywhere. so nostalgic.

  4. I love a lot of kinds of flowers, but lily-of-the-valley is my favourite (even though it doesn't grow here). Violets, sunflowers, apple blossoms, tiger-lilies, and small roses have special memories for me, too.I can't think of any particular scents that are comforting right now, but the taste of Cadbury chocolate makes me think of home and memories, though I don't quite know why.

  5. I love daises for their cheerful and easygoing demeanor. I also like lotus as every part of it is beautiful and/or useful. They used to grow en mass in the royal garden ponds of Beijing.

  6. My favorite flower is the rose, not only cos it's a beautiful flower, but also cos it comes in different colors: pink, white, yellow, purple, black, red & green. Since pink is my favorite color, the pink rose is my favorite rose.

  7. I adopted 8 hybrid roses when I bought my house. They are so much work! But when they are healthy and blooming, I know they are worth the hard work.

  8. Thanks for visiting and commenting at my blog. You asked whether we found our son – we didn't. Our book tells the whole story. Your question about flowers: I love violets because they remind me of home (Wisconsin's state flower is the violet) and they are so delicate. I love bluebonnets because they are everywhere in Texas (where I now live), I love orchids because they were my son's passion, I love morning glories that give glory to God first thing in the morning. So…I guess they are all my favorites!

  9. Funny that you would talk about violets. For me, the violet is my favorite indoor flower, and a gentle, humble plant. Actually, I should draw one…I think I'll work some violets into my next floral piece. Thank you for the inspiration!

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