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Beatrice Helman

A Brooklyn Girl’s Guide To Sunday: Happy Mother’s Day!

It’s Mother’s Day this weekend!
I’m lucky enough to have a one-of-a-kind mother, the type who taught me to value worms and run around barefoot from the time I was born. She showed me how to deadhead and eat tiny tomatoes off the vine, and she let me roam around the herb garden in pursuit of items to add to my potions. She showed me how to plant seeds and when to water them. She dragged me around to see gardens wherever we went, whether it be England or India, and she cared enough to teach me the basic design principles of different types of gardens, from Japanese zen gardens to the Alhambra.
 

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Beatrice Helman
I grew up looking for green space in every city I went to while harboring a fundamental understanding that stems have to be clipped at an angle. My mother let me enter flower arranging competitions over the summer and cheered me on even when I decided to throw away the first attempt and do round two with only edible flowers, and in miniature. Basically, the point is that I have a great mom, and mom’s love flowers, so get your Mom flowers, or a small plant, this weekend. Baby trees are generally good, as are bonsais, hanging plants, or succulents. (Everybody loves a succulent with a bow.) Get your mom some flowers, give her a hug, and tell her that life wouldn’t be the same without her. It wouldn’t. You wouldn’t even be here without her, so even though it’s a made-up holiday, be sure to make it count.
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