Pick-me-up Friday Flowers

Last Friday, while walking back with my little girl from her nursery school, we crossed a cute community garden near our home in Chislehurst. There, on a lonely park bench, my daughter noticed a little floral bouquet of seasonal flowers. My first thought was, ‘oh no, someone must have forgotten them’ and while scanning the area for someone, we notched more bouquets on other benches too and I could even see a bunch of yellow flowers on the steps of the post office. We were immediately intrigued and excited by this unusual appearance. Up-close we noticed that each had a little tag on explaining their purpose; ‘The Lonely Bouquet. Please take me home and enjoy the flowers.’ What a lovely gesture from the guys at National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS)

The Lonely Bouquet

This Lonely Bouquet certainly made our day.

The Lonely Bouquet

Our Lonely Bouquet is now a very happy bunch surrounded by love and admiration form the whole family and everyone hearing this heartwarming little story.

The Lonely Bouquet

Fotos and Feature by Theoda Solms Iles

Perfect for the weekend – Friday Flowers

On Wednesday I attended a press launch of online fashion and interiors retailer Isme. At their launch they had this cute ‘flower stall’ run by a freelance Florist named Gemma Hickman of FlutterBy Flowers. Just look at this pretty little bouquet Gemma made for me. I adore the combination of pale greens and musky pinks coming alive with a bright colour injection of shocking pink Sweet Williams. I also like all the foliage Gemma used, especially the Panicum Fountain Grass, giving it a soft misty look. Now I have my flowers, perfect and ready for the weekend.

Bouquet created by Flutterby Flowers by Gemma Hickman

Bouquet created by FlutterBy Flowers by Gemma Hickman

I was so excited to bring my bouquet home as I already knew exactly in which vase I would arrange them.

Bouquet in my Pewter urn on my dresser

Bouquet in my Pewter urn on my dresser

Flowers Close-up

Flowers Close-up

I fell in love with the Astrantia (major rosita) which I have never come across before and the pale pink of the Astilbe (Europa) was also new to me.

Astilbe (Europa) Astrantia (major rosita) Roses (upper secret antique pink) Sweet Williams (English sweet Williams)

Astilbe (Europa)
Astrantia (major rosita)
Roses (upper secret antique pink)
Sweet Williams (English sweet Williams)

 

Main flower shots styled and photographed by Theoda Solms Iles.

Collage shot of four flower types, by Gemma Hickman of FlutterBy Flowers