This might be considered an unusual rescue remedy?
We have talked about yoga, online classes, the benefits of walking and even dashes of red lipstick as a way to brighten up the days of restricted living. I’ve played with dress-up Friday and I’ve mixed my very best with my least exciting. Reading and Netflix has amused and taken up hours of my time; I’m deliciously devouring my way through Call My Agent – it’s a must and thank you for the recommendation – and not sure what’s next after that.
What I haven’t mentioned is the joy and happiness florals have given me.
Flowers brighten our home, they are an extravagance I must make happen. Before the pandemic, I was less disciplined about filling our house with flowers – there was a plant or two or a bloom here and there – it wasn’t always on my agenda. Fridays now mean not only dressing up or a red-lip day but the changeover of the vases. They make me smile, they make me happy and they make me content in a world atmosphere crying out for discontent. Flowers, their colours, their forms, the way they change over days brings a lightness and joy to where we spend 99% of our time. I find florals a positive therapy in a mad world.
Our living space is open plan – an L shaped living and kitchen with a terrace and garden square in front. It’s pretty classic London and in particular Notting Hill. I adore arranging any type of florals or greenery – outdoor pots being my latest crush – and our terrace is my experimental ground each season. This year with the snow, my hyacinth pots have been well and truly decimated by the snap storms.
Friday is a flower-arranging day.
We all have our own style and preferences. Mine has changed this past year – there are mixes and brighter colours appearing. Once upon a floral time white and green, everything was my choice; now I’m in deep with colour. Florals, like everything else we do, changes.
Tulips are in abundance.
There are so many colours and petal varieties to play with. I like to arrange my flowers in groupings – place them where they can be seen from all angles in a room. In our living space, I have them on an entrance table, above the fireplace and at the other end of the same room. Wherever you sit – kitchen or more formal area, we can enjoy them. Yes – it’s extravagant and wonderful at the same time. If there was ever an indulgence needed it is now.
How we care for them and organise them counts to their lasting ability and the vases we show them in make all the difference. My most-loved vase is on our fireplace and it is a test-tube style that bends. It’s been with me a very long time and I bought it in a florist in Paris some 30 years ago. It works well with tulips and especially if their heights are different. Placed near a window the tulips with continue to grow and twist during their lifetime. I have found something similar here which would look sensational on a mantle.
And what about these arranged in a group to brighten our home. The more the merrier and don’t be afraid to mix glass with ceramic or cluster colour and heights. One vase in the centre can always be replaced by an eclectic group of vessels.
Rescue remedies come in many disguises and florals must be right up there. xv
Florals To The Rescue
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