I remember a number of years ago, a friend laughed at me when I said I had a flower budget. It was quite modest, about $10/week, but to me, it meant that having flowers, especially in the depth of winter, was as important as phone and heat. Almost like another utility. There was a city market close to where I was living that had a great selection of cut flowers, and if you selected the right ones, they would last more than a week. But there were also times when I’d buy the most gorgeous flowers, only to have them die within days.
I still try and have fresh flowers in the house, and in the past few weeks, when we’ve had storm after storm, it’s more important to me than ever! Sometimes I pick up flowers at Trader Joe’s, where you can find bunches of fresh-cut flowers for less than $5.00. I got some primroses, which just scream spring, a few weeks ago, and as long as you keep them watered, they’ll last for weeks.
I also have two huge gardenia plants, which live outside from April through November, and which I manage to keep alive during the other months. These are cuttings from a heritage plant that my mother has.
Finally, I have a cutting from a geranium that’s from Monticello, a gift from Reggie Darling. Since I am not a gardener, I didn’t realize that you had to put it in dirt to make it grow. It managed to stay alive just in water for months before someone enlightened me about using Root-tone to make it grow roots. It’s bloomed twice and continues to grow new leaves, I am happy that it’s still hanging on, waiting for warm weather.
Do you have a flower budget?