I planted a lot of flowers in my flowerbeds last year. I picked things that were natural to our Utah environment; nothing that required a lot of water or sun protection. This spring I added more and things are looking robust, colorful and natural.
But there is something in me that feels personally responsible for the plants I buy and sink into the soil and call "mine". Like they are dependent children and have feelings and rights. Because of this responsibility, I make sure to nurture them; I give all my flowers and bushes a nice blend of fresh water and Miracle-Gro three times a week. I'm so aware of them now I can actually tell which ones have grown and which ones have had a bad few days.
After fighting through two traffic accidents on the freeway and spending way too much time idling in the fast lane, I grabbed my watering can and my super size all-purpose Miracle-Gro and headed out for some flora therapy. All it took was a few seconds of watering the lilac trees, smelling the fragrance of those pretty purple flowers, and I was completely relaxed. All better.