I mentioned this ages ago when I was excited about peony season, but, it never hurts to repeat:
Everyone ought to indulge themselves with fresh flowers in their space. If you are one of the poor souls who is so allergic you can’t have them around, I’m a jerk just rubbing it in and never mind this. If you’re just straight up poor, pick some flowers and put them in a Coke bottle (or any other cool bottle you washed out …there are so many out there …Mexican beer bottles are another suggestion). In the right season, I enjoy picking a handful of wild flowers on my hikes with the dog. It’s free and brightens up the room.
My absolute favorite is to treat myself to fresh cut white lilies. I adore everything about them. Their smell is up there with gardenias and peonies for me (those are more season specific, so casablanca lilies are my favorite go-to). They look just as cool closed as open. I’m not a big fan of bouquets. Stems alone are perfect, and as they die (the part that makes me sad every time, despite the inevitable living being factor) you simply put them in smaller container and move it to wherever its new size makes sense in the room. The ol’ vase-to-jar-to bottle change-up.
I’ve been keeping fresh flowers in one form or another for as long as I’ve had my own space to keep them and to this day I look over at them and feel good. If I had to pick between flowers for the week or a new bottle of nail polish for the year, I’d still pick the flowers (assuming I still have my little drawer of pre-existing bottles stashed away …hey, my toes need the extra help).
I keep mine on the end table where I sit on the couch so I can see/smell them as much as possible. Even when I’m just walking by, I almost always stop and smell the …lilies. Roses don’t get all the fun. It’s good to have something that makes you want to stop for a minute and enjoy the simple things. Bowser is too good at that job. I find myself constantly stopping to have a love fest. Flowers take less time and keep you out of trouble because they won’t make you late for things.
If I have to sell you on the idea, your loss. I just think people consider it an elective. Consider this, my fella has admitted on more than one occasion that having cut flowers in the room makes a big difference to the environment. I don’t think they delight him in quite as extreme a way, but he likes having them around. It’s not something he’d have done for himself (I doubt most straight guys out there would think to) but hey, better late than never. Then again, he didn’t use trash liners in his garbage can before I met him…
Sigh. Just go treat yourself will ya?
OH! Before I forget, I was looking up “fresh cut lilies” on an image search and experienced shock and awe when this came up in the results (no …no I couldn’t just keep to myself, now you have to have it burned in your retinas too):
raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens …well, we all have our own set of favorite things…I guess…