Use what you have, be creative, and enjoy the very most out of all of it–my motto for flowers, and certainly for life, as well. Flower Friday comes to you from Hawthorne where at the moment it is a spectacularly sunny, crisp Autumn October day. There is a mixture of grocery store, farmers market and things culled from the property blooms in the house–hydrangea, mums and lilies. They all make me wildly happy. I hope they bring you a bit of visual enjoyment too!
The Market was a sea of lilies the other day. The heady aroma they give off, heavenly. Lilies are one of those flowers where one stem can fill an entire room with scent. Of course, if you want to gild the lily, pun intended, a big bunch of them is pretty extraordinary too.
And just like that, we woke up to these. The night before they were all closed up ever so tightly, and overnight they burst into beautiful blooms, with the living room filled with their scent. The dance of the lilies. To be enjoyed as we begin our week. Just so good I had to share…
There is a calmness I feel around white flowers. A soothing vibe that draws me to them. All year long, really, but even more so during the chillier months. With the busyness of the season upon us, I am always looking for calming & soothing anything to add to my day. Here are a few white blooms to get us started.
Lilies are the type of flowers one either really likes, or the scent of the blooms turns them into a ‘thumbs down’ for others. We adore the lily fragrance, often searching out a single stem when we are traveling to make our hotel room smell nice. The Market had bucket after bucket the other day so I picked up a bunch. I really wanted to use these really thick vintage bottles that are some of our very favorite. Often I will run them down the center of the table so the blooms dance about. But for these, clustering them together alongside the brass candlesticks seemed like a fun idea. Sort of like a bouquet, while still seeing the stems, which I always like. It also allows for the lily to shine solo as well as in the group. The minute we open the front door after coming home from work, the lovely lily scent greets us. Mixed with the natural warmth of August, it is intoxicating.
The flowers continue, as the rest of the year unfolds.
The year in blooms…
Thank you so much for following along. I think we make pretty awesome travel mates. Truly, I love having you all along for this ride called life. My hope has always been that sharing some of my/our moments makes us all slow down a bit and savor the moment. Savor those incredibly rich moments we all have. We just have to see them. Cheers to many, many more in the new year!
Sending much gratitude, love & thanks,
Having flowers in my life, if even just a single stem by my bedside, is of great importance to me. I also know many of you feel the same way. They give us energy, inspire us, and are just food for the soul. I actually meant to type the word ‘good’ for the soul, but it autocorrected to the word ‘food’ and I thought that was even more fitting. Here is a little homage to the flowers that brought a little brightness to us all as the year closes. Starting off with those stupendous red tulips that started off the year with a bang in January to the dancing paperwhites in December. Enjoy!
All it takes is one stem to light up a room. Flowers add so much to a space in so many ways. That can mean big masses & vases of them, or it can mean just one. One spectacular bloom. Fancy or simple. Expensive or not. Plucked from your own yard or purchased at the market or a florist. Notice how your eye is drawn to it when you enter the room.
I walked into the living room like I do each morning to first turn on one of the lights. There they were. Those 2 buds that were opened just ever so slightly the night before so I could pluck the stamens from the bloom, had just exploded. They were so poetic and still–welcoming me to the start of the day. The stillness bringing calm. A peaceful moment in time before the start of a busy and full day.