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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Roses, for Me? You Shouldn't Have!

Oh, you didn't.  I can count on one hand the number of purchased bouquets that I have received in the last couple of decades.  I really do love flowers. But I'm not about to sit around waiting for someone else to send me bouquets. So what does this bouquet-loving lady do?

Every spring and summer, I cut bouquets for myself every week. I keep them on the dresser in my room, or in the kitchen next to the sink, or in the bathroom next to the tub.  I put my own home-cut bouquets in the places where I most want to look at them. It simply makes me happy to have flowers in my spaces.

Earlier this spring, I had lilacs and irises. Monday was the first day of spring that I could cut enough roses for a small bouquet. This week, I have a half-dozen pink roses to bring cheer to my daily activities. Such a frugal but beautiful thing to do for myself.


  1. I'm sure everyone else appreciates the flowers you bring in also. Alas, one of the disadvantages of having cats is most of the flowers have to stay outside. Thus, I have to make sure I have good windows. :)

    1. Hi live and learn,
      Good windows sound like a good plan for enjoying your flowers.

  2. Your roses are beautiful, Lili. I love to have flowers around too. One of my favorite flowers are hyacinths because they smell so good.

    How great that you are able to grow lilacs where you live. I grew up in Illinois and we had them there. My grandmother's driveway was lined with lilacs and the smell was intoxicating. I have very fond memories of those. It's too hot to grow lilacs in Tennessee, so we can't grow them like we did in Illinois. They just don't thrive here in a hot climate like in colder ones.

    1. Hi Belinda,
      I do love hyacinth, too. So fragrant! I'm sorry lilacs don't do well in Tennessee. There are probably lots of flowers that do well, there, that would not do well in a colder region, if that's any consolation.

  3. Hi Lili,

    I get myself flowers from my yard too. I only have 3 miniature rose bushes, but they work out very nicely for cutting. Sometimes in my gardening efforts, a flowering and/or budding stem breaks off and I save it and bring it inside to enjoy in a small vase.
    Like Live and Learn, my cat used to be very interested in any indoor plants or flowers, but thank goodness she is an older lady now and doesn't bother them any more.
    I especially love the plants I was able to get starts of from my late parents' yard. I have coral bells, hens and chicks, lilac and lily of the valley from there. The coral bells were originally from my Grandma's yard. Sweet family memories.
    Jo Ann

    1. Hi Jo Ann,
      How wonderful to get starts from your parents' garden! A lovely reminder of them, I'm sure.

      With the lilac, did you dig up a shoot, or did you root a cutting? I currently have a cutting in a glass of water, hoping it will root. But I don't know if it will or not, yet.

  4. Same with me--TWO CATS who love to destroy any kind of cut flower or plant I bring inside. They want to chew on everything outdoorsy. I just received two aloe plants and my cat broke off one stem already. Now they are high and out of the way.


    1. Hi Alice,
      I think I have only owned lazy cats. LOL! While my cats would chew on things left near the ground or on a low table, I don't recall ever having trouble with vases of flowers sitting on a chest or bureau. My cat was always more interested in whether or not I left butter sitting out on the counter. She did chew some leaves of houseplants, though. But left my flowers alone. Go figure. Maybe she loved the flowers, too?!
      I hope your aloe plants are safe now!

  5. So pretty! We are just now getting peonies blooming so I will cut myself a bouquet later today--and since I also have Cat Curiosity Syndrome going on here, I will have to put them up high. I have one spot where Max Cat can't reach--unfortunately, it means I don't get a great view of my posies. The things we do for our furry family members ...

    1. Hi Kris,
      Peonies, how beautiful! I hope you can cut a lovely bouquet and enjoy them indoors. Good that you have a spot to put them, where your kitty doesn't go!

  6. I love to bring flowers in to enjoy also. Sometimes it's only greenery if nothing is in bloom. Have you read "The Prudent Homemaker" blog? She also has lovely gardens and brings them inside to enjoy. Her goal is to have a garden so that year round she has something to cut to bring inside to enjoy.
    Thanks for sharing Lili!

  7. Lili,
    Such pretty roses:) We have Jasmin blooming and it just
    smells divine. My cat boy that we bottled fed was very curios about plants. When he was a kitten he would climb the Christmas tree. Very funny to see him hanging out among the ornaments. We tried to discourage this behavior but he would have none of it. So we just got a really heavy tree stand and went
    with. He was excited for Christmas he thought we were
    bringing in a new tree for him to climb in the house.
    He also like to eat flowers on the table or counter.
    I have 2 girl kitties now and they don't seem interested in the flowers.
    Have a blessed day.

  8. I do love cut flowers around the house. My second oldest daughter has been cutting flowers (roses, peonies, iris, etc.) & putting them in vintage blue Ball jars so that we can enjoy them inside. So pretty! I love them much more than store bought flowers.

    On another note. I was convinced I'd lost every last one of our roses due to the hard winter we had. I cut them back, but had little hope they'd bring forth new growth. It's not in the budget to replace them this year. I was really bummed. All but one finally sprang to life (really late for our area). Yay! I'm tickled.


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