Who doesn’t love flowers, better yet, receiving them? Stepping into a flower shop, it’s like walking into a garden, relieving me of my worries and letting me wander without a care. Filled with rows upon rows of gorgeous flowers, the fragrance, the colours and textures are in abundance. I love them all! Merely escaping with a bunch of my favourite, Casablanca lilies, if anything for their fragrance, which fills the room. I find it therapeutic, trimming the stems and arranging these decadent beauties in a vase. Once I’m satisfied, it’s finding the perfect resting spot with the best vantage point for everyone to enjoy.
“Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day – like writing a poem or saying a prayer…”…Anne Morrow Lindgergh
It’s officially summer, although you wouldn’t know it here in Vancouver, “what’s with the rain?!” This is the best time of year to enjoy your favourite flowers, whatever they may be. I have many fond memories of my garden, old English roses, peonies, lavender, hydrangeas and yes, Casablanca lilies. You don’t need to spend a lot or buy vast quantities. I love a large floral arrangement, but the simplicity of a single bud is perfection at it’s best.
According to a study by Rutgers University, “the presence of flowers triggers happy emotions, heightens feelings of life satisfaction and affects social behaviour in a positive manner far beyond what is normally believed”. There you have it! Your reason to surround yourself with beautiful flowers. By the way, you shouldn’t need a reason…
I love how flowers make me feel, triggering my brain chemicals: dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin and endorphins, activating my happy. Who knew a cheery bloom had so much “flower power” putting a smile on our faces and brightening our homes.