This post is sponsored by The Bouqs Company.
We have fresh flowers on the kitchen counter as often as possible, and if there’s enough to go around I keep them on my desk, too. They’re easy, beautiful, and happy. Usually I buy them for myself (or snip them from the yard, if I’m lucky) but every once in a while someone sends them to me. (We all love it when that happens, right?)
I have a beautiful bouquet on my kitchen table right now. They’re from a far-away friend who sent them after our puppy died, to let me know she was thinking of me. I was touched she cared enough to bother, and I also felt the beautiful bouquet—and what it meant—gave me permission to be sad. I needed that.
The most flowers I’ve ever gotten at one time was when I miscarried a few years ago. It was my third pregnancy, but first pregnancy loss, and I was stunned at the depth of my emotions. When several far-away friends and family members sent flowers, it meant the world to me.
The flowers they sent were beautiful, they smelled good, they were calming to see, but they meant more than that. I don’t mean in The Language of Flowers sense—I have no idea which flowers represent love, or fidelity, or envy.
No, I mean those bouquets said they knew I was grieving—that they expected me to be—and that they were there for me in it.
Of course I’d rather give (or receive) happy occasion flowers, and I especially love the occasional “just because” bouquet.
I recently ordered two bouquets from The Bouqs Company while we were on vacation—one for myself and one for a friend. When you place your order, you get to write a note to your recipient. My note to myself said, “Thought you could use these right about now.” I thought I was being silly.
But those flowers arrived right after we got home from vacation. Our kitchen was gutted: that was the plan, but it’s still no fun living without a kitchen sink. We found out our puppy died while we were away. The next day, I got a little sick, and then one of my kids woke up puking.
That’s right about when Mr. Fed Ex knocked on my door, holding a big fat box from The Bouqs Company. I read the card and thought about bursting into tears, but I didn’t have time for that, so instead I found a vase (actually two vases, there were so many stems), arranged my flowers, and put the cheerful-looking bouquet on my busted kitchen counter.
It was good timing.
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Flowers are grown on the side of an active volcano in Ecuador, cut the day you order, and shipped directly to your door from the farms. (All sustainable, eco-friendly, and certified by Veriflora and The Rainforest Alliance). By cutting out the middlemen, the flowers get to you a lot faster, for a lot less money.
When my BBQ’n bouquet arrived, I used the stems (so many stems) for two simple arrangements. It took me years to learn the secret to a floral arrangement that holds together, so let me save you the trouble: it’s a rubber band. (Your bouquet will come with several.)
I gathered up a large handful of apricot roses (only about one-third of my order), snipped the stems, slipped a rubber band around them, and put them in a quart-size mason jar.
For red roses, I love the look of a low, mounded bouquet. To get this look, I gathered my flowers, held them loosely while I arranged them, and snipped the stems until they fit nicely in my vase. (You can see in the above picture that I cut off a whopping six inches.) Then I rubber-banded them, put them in the vase (I used a 5″ square vase), and gently tweaked their placement.
This technique is wonderful for flowers you’ve had around for a while that are starting to get droopy. A tight bouquet like this lets you enjoy them for a few more days.
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