Why Flowers Are Important

November 03, 2016  •  1 Comment

Why Flowers Are Important by Tim LaytonWhy Flowers Are Important by Tim Layton I view photography as a tool to help me accomplish two main goals.  

My primary goal is to raise awareness about the challenging issues related to nature in our modern technology-focused society.  

Research data tells us that people value nature and our natural resources less today than any previous time in history.  

I suspect this is because many people are being insulated from nature as part of their everyday life routines.  

You may want to also read my articles, "Why Nature Matters", and "Why We Need Trees."

Tim Layton With Silver Gelatin Large Format PrintTim Layton With Silver Gelatin Large Format Print My secondary goal is to inspire people to connect with nature and get involved in their local communities.  I believe that people protect what they love.  If we can help people understand the issues, then many of the right actions will be taken because the vast majority of people care about things that matter to them.  It has been scientifically proven that when people spend time outside, their health improves and their sense of wellbeing is better too. 

If we can get people connected to nature in a positive and meaningful way in our over-busy technology-centric world, I believe that we have a better chance of protecting and conserving our natural resources for ourselves and future generations.

My passion areas include trees, flowers, and vast landscapes in national parks. There is no world for humans without trees, flowers, and habitats for wildlife. Trees, flowers, and wildlife are more critical to humanity's long-term survival than most people realize.  In the section below, I share some key reasons why flowers are important and nice to have in our personal living spaces.

WHY ARE FLOWERS IMPORTANT?

  • Flowers' importance in nature is everywhere-they can feed insects, birds, animals and humans; provide natural medicines for humans and some animals; and aid in a plant's reproduction by enticing outside pollinators. Without flowers, plants would merely be green, and the world would be a duller place.
  • Virtually all of the world’s seed plants need to be pollinated. This is just as true for cone-bearing plants, such as pine trees, as for the more colorful and familiar flowering plants. Pollen, looking like insignificant yellow dust, bears a plant’s male sex cells and is a vital link in the reproductive cycle.
  • With adequate pollination, wildflowers:
    • - Reproduce and produce enough seeds for dispersal and propagation
    • - Maintain genetic diversity within a population
    • - Develop adequate fruits to entice seed dispersers
  • Pollination is not just fascinating natural history. It is an essential ecological survival function. Without pollinators, the human race and all of earth’s terrestrial ecosystems would not survive. Of the 1,400 crop plants grown around the world, i.e., those that produce all of our food and plant-based industrial products, almost 80% require pollination by animals. Visits from bees and other pollinators also result in larger, more flavorful fruits and higher crop yields. In the United States alone, the pollination of agricultural crops is valued at 10 billion dollars annually. Globally, pollination services are likely worth more than 3 trillion dollars.
  • Flowers offer more to the planet than merely natural artwork and beauty. 
  • Flowers are essential to removing carbon dioxide and toxins in the air. 
  • Flowers feed the honeybee population that’s responsible for promulgating food crops. 
  • To most people, however, flowers carry enormous symbolism, provide soothing sympathy and are an integral part of many of life’s ceremonies.
  • Many flowers are used for medicinal purposes. 
  • Beautiful flowers kept in hospital rooms can reduce the stress of patients and improve their recovery.
  • Flowers are helpful because they represent higher planes of consciousness.
  • Flowers play a critical role for bees that produce honey as a byproduct of their work.
  • Planting flowers is one main way that you can attract beneficial insects to your garden.  These not only include the pollinators, but also the ones that eat other harmful bugs.

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The videos and blogs are shot and edited in a very professional way. Tim is always ready to receive and share the suggestions and ideas coming from other people. He is a very good community manager. 

I would like also to underline the growing role of his son, Tim Junior who contributes also greatly to the quality of the videos, text and explanation. Last but not least, Tim is always welcoming suggestions and questions and ready to interact. I recommend warmly the work of Tim Layton. -Stéfane France

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Raj Malhotra(non-registered)
Great article very informative thanks for sharing
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