Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Florals for all mankind

Imagine my surprise when these bright things popped up on my doorstep early one morning. The boy and I are currently separated by several timezones, eleven hours and a few expanses of ocean; while I had to rush back home to start a new job in Sydney, he is continuing his travels on the continent for another month...

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I always love getting flowers. It doesn't matter where, when or from whom - they always lift my mood. He wasn't always the flower-giving type. I did drop plenty of hints early on in the relationship.

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My favourite used to be lilies. He would often drop by our brilliant local florist on his way home from work and pick up a bunch of lilies wrapped in beautiful paper. It was always a welcome surprise - but we now no longer get lilies because they are so toxic to cats. I was always a bit blasé about this fact until a horrible few weeks in England where we worked around the clock trying to save 3 felines from the same family that had suffered lily poisoning. Two didn't survive and it was heartbreaking. Lilies are so toxic to cats that they can be fatally poisoned just from grooming some of the pollen out of their fur. Suffice to say beautiful lilies now exist only in my imagination, and never in my house.

What about you? What are your favourites? What colours are you most drawn to? When have you been surprised with unexpected flowers?

Right now I'm enjoying real-life flowers, flowers on my dress, and maybe even one day flowers in the hair.

30 comments:

Alicia - Sea Of Ghosts said...

That's AMAZING that your friend has a full-size skeleton at gome, I have ALWAYS wanted a full-size human skeleton, when I move out I will definitely get one - right now I have no place for one! x

Missa said...

I love natural wildflower bouquets with even some grasses thrown in :) The last time I received flowers was on Mother's Day. I don't get them very often though, maybe I need to drop more hints ;)

What a sweet guy you have and your floral dress is lovely!

brodie said...

i was at a rose garden in my hometown today. i stood in the cold room staring at thousands and thousands of roses of every colour!
i love vanilla orchids- my grandparents used to grow them outside their house and the smell always reminds me of childhood holidays to their farm.
and daisies. i want to live in a cottage with a garden full of daisies!

Toosdai said...

i'm more of a wreath and leaf person myself. i love holly berries and pine boughs, things that smell of the forest. lucky for me, it is very much the season for that!

Welcome Home said...

I love any bunch of flowers... From a florist or hand picked.... It doesn't happen very often so I would never complain...

I hope your next time together isn't too far away

Maggie May said...

i love peonies, wildflowers most of all..

thevintageyear said...

Alicia - they are certainly striking!

Missa - Yes, I usually have to drop loads of hints too... I think this is just different because we are apart!

Brodie - I agree, daisies are awesome.. especially because you can make chains for your hair. That rose garden sounds incredible.. I love roses too.

Toosdai - you must be in heaven around Christmas time then :)

Welcome Home - thanks! I think often it's just getting flowers that's a bit thrilling, nevermind the flowers themselves.

Maggie May - thank you for commenting. Your wildflowers probably are different from ours, but I love our 'bush' flowers also!

Mo said...

Dahlias are my favorite. I love the tight arrangement of petals and the giant round heads that come in so many beautiful colors.

Pretty Little Pictures said...

Gorgeous! And yes i did take heed of your lilly warning! I do love them too but can totally make do with peonies, sunflowers and roses :)

Chloe said...

i love the floral pattern on your dress, how sweet of him to buy you flowers, I'm yet to be given any flowers by any boyfriend I've had, but I allways hint that daffodils are my favourite :) nice blog too

heartofpearl ♡ said...

aww how sweet!!
gosh, i havent visited ur blog in a while. im doing blog catchup tonight and im doing well!! hope u have been well x

Pretty Little Pictures said...

Woooo, you live in Sydney too? Awesome! The more I look the more people I am find who live there which has taken some of the pressure of 'I don't have any friends there'. Well, I might have to send you an email, do you have an address? mine is prettylittlepictures@gmail.com would love to hear from you and perhaps catch up in Sydney :)

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Pretty Little Pictures said...

Happy new year :)

Khatol said...

OMG, HOW SWEET!

esme and the lane way said...

I love flowers too. I had no idea that lilies were that toxic for cats – I thought maybe they made them a bit sick! I love lilies too but won't have them in the house, of course :) I am glad one of those cats survived.

starcakeastrology.blogspot.com said...

mums, roses... gardenias smell the best

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I am really impressed and inspired that you won't buy clothes for a year. I think that is one of the truly rebelious and noble endeavors I have ever heard of.

sinnlighet said...

Yes yes yes, your blog is just soooo wonderful and gives me a lot of energy!

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Mystery Flight Vintage said...

beautiful. i love native flowers the best, all the rich earthy colours.

..i'm going to drop some hints to my boyfriend today.

:)

Molly said...

awesome dress! I love it.

oniomania said...

thanks for your kind words... makes me feel so much better. xoxox

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crystorama lighting said...

Lillies are beuatiful, You outfit is also great!

Pawi Macarena said...

beautiful dress <3

Pretty Little Pictures said...

Hi!!! I tried t email you but I think it may have gone to your spam :( I also tried to text you too, but maybe it didn't go through? I'll try emailing again!

a cat of impossible colour said...

Hi lovely lady! I was sorry to miss you too, but I'm glad you had a great time in Christchurch. A xx

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