Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Beautiful Blooms

A dear friend of mine owns a wonderful little flower shop in Frederick Maryland. It is tucked into a tiny storefront in the heart of the downtown shopping district, and it is truly one of the most unique flower shops I have ever seen. In front of a beautiful exposed brick wall, proprietor Sharon Messa amasses a beautiful jungle of blooms, stems and greens in wonderful French flower buckets much like one would imagine a European outdoor flower market to be like. Customers are encouraged to pick their flowers from the amazing assortment of fresh blooms and the staff at the counter will wrap or arrange the beauties for you. Sharon reports to me that she sees many of the same people (a lot of men too!) over and over again, week after week.

Whether they are plucked from a flower market like my friend's shop, from a local farmers' market stall, grabbed from a display at the grocery store, or lovingly nurtured from your own garden, beautiful, live, fresh flowers are a wonderful and fordable luxury year round in our homes.

During the winter especially, fresh flowers remind us that spring can't be too far away. Drop your blooms haphazardly into a simple mason jar, or painstakingly arrange them in a huge antique vase...there is no right or wrong way to do it. Display them in a place where you will see them everyday...perhaps on a table in your front hall where they will greet you after a long day at work. Don't underestimate the power of a small bouquet of flowers on your vanity or on the sink in the bathroom to help start your day off just right!

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