Today I am launching a series of blog posts about flowers! I will share how I think about flowers, how I arrange flowers, how I choose a container for flowers, and why I even bother with flowers in the first place.
When it comes to flowers, there are a few things worth mentioning as it relates to my approach.
First, for me, flowers are an extravagance. I don't have a budget line for flowers. They are something extra, and as a result, I want to them to cost as little as possible without sacrificing quality. I will always start my search for flowers at the bargain bin. What's on sale? What's in the three-for-ten section? I am always shocked at how much "nice" flowers cost. Expensive flowers are not my flowers.
Second, I want the act of arranging flowers to be as efficient as possible. I am not in the market for a new hobby or a way to spend three hours on a Saturday. I just need some flowers to look nice and do their job of adding beauty to a space. I'm not necessarily in a hurry when it comes to flowers, but I want to know I can execute what I need within the context of my busy life.
Third, and perhaps the most critical, I do not want to shop at a different store for my flowers. If I am going to a particular grocery store, then that's the store where I want to find my flowers. My flower provider is always going to be wherever I find myself already purchasing food. I am not traveling all over the city for the sake of flowers. I don't have the margin for another errand, and I have found a way to make flowers work for me regardless of where I am doing my shopping.
Finally, I think of flowers like a classy pair of diamond earrings. They aren't the point, but they sure are pretty. The flower arrangements I have learned to execute aren't the focal point of a room. They are a tasteful accessory that contributes to the overall beauty of a space.
The enormous, artful, expensive arrangements that I see in photographs are stunning, but it is not what works within the confines of my available time or talents. This doesn't mean I have given up on flowers. This means I have figured out a way to have what I want (elegant arrangements) while operating within my limitations (time, money, ability).
I am excited to share with you how I have learned to make this approach a reality. Stay tuned for more flower posts soon!
Do you have a philosophy when it comes to flowers?