Fresh cut flowers used to be things that I only ever bought for other people, usually to mark special occasions. Likewise, I only received them myself on special occasions, too. Alas, the latter is still mostly the case, but I have begun to buy them more often for myself, or more specifically, for our home.
Since the German budget supermarket stores Aldi and Lidl arrived in the UK, they have each introduced a great range of cut flowers at very reasonable prices. Small bunches start from £2, while increasing the budget to £5 can afford a pretty special looking bouquet. Even our local Co-op has some cut flowers from about £3 per bunch.
My own taste in cut flowers is understated and simple. My dear husband knows I would be a little disappointed if he ever came home with a dozen red roses – I’ve never been a fan and find them a bit cliched. Pink or yellow roses hold far more appeal. Yet even better than roses are…carnations. Yes, didn’t I warn you that my taste was simple?! Carnations have a reputation for being a bit naff and are associated with desperate petrol station purchases but this bothers me not a jot. In Aldi and Lidl small bunches of carnations cost only £2. To me, that’s a complete bargain for the pleasure brought from seeing them countless times each day. The last few bunches I’ve bought have lasted a full fortnight, too. Often I splash out and buy two bunches in different colours, often red and cream or pink and cream.
This weekend I couldn’t resist buying these carnations. I have no idea what this type is called, but the edges of the cream petals are tinged with pink. Simply beautiful. Perhaps you can enlighten me as to what this type are called?
In the spring, I also adore tulips. It’s on my bucket list to travel to the Netherlands one year and visit the bulb fields in their full splendour of vibrant shades. One year, I will get there during that short window that the outdoor flowering season lasts.
We try to grow some flowers in our garden each year, which can be picked and displayed in vases inside. March-April is always beautiful with a profusion of daffodils and narcissus, followed by tulips. There are always plenty to cut and display inside. A lilac bush produces pretty, fragrant blooms which look lovely in a vase. Sometimes we grow sweet peas in early summer which smell even more heavenly than they look.
I have tried artificial (silk) flowers and do have a couple of vases of them in the house, but while they may look reasonably pleasing from a distance, they don’t provide me with the same uplifting feeling that fresh flowers do. Plus, I can’t resist touching the petals which is always an instant giveaway. The natural silky texture is so pleasing to feel between my fingertips. Few things give such a feeling of pure luxury…even if some flowers have no scent, they are still a feast for the eyes and the natural colours and patterns make me feel inspired and give me a boost.
How about you? What are your favourite type of flowers? Do you treat yourself (or even better, get treated!) to fresh cut flowers often?