Thoughts about flowers

I’m just a little bit smitten with the world of flowers at the moment … I seem to be constantly on the lookout for pretty blooms to display around the home. They have a way of making everything feel brighter, fresher and happier.

Ever since Anabela wrote about the loveliness of Baby’s Breath flowers, I’ve had those pretty, delicate blooms on my mind. I was reminded of how much I used to love that often overlooked flower, and it made me realise that I don’t notice bunches of Baby’s Breath around as often as I used to.

Favourite flowers ... Carnations and Baby's Breath

As a child I used to enjoy having a day out and about in the city with my Grandma (back when going to the city felt like a very big deal). At some point during these outings we would stop at a favourite florist and select a pretty flower to take home to my mum. Normally it would be something simple (and suited to my childhood budget), like a single rose. The florist would always select a little Baby’s Breath to surround the rose and make that solitary bloom look like even more of a beauty.

Like a field of flowers ...

With my Baby’s Breath obsession growing stronger by the day, earlier this week I was very happy to discover this beautiful bunch of white Carnations and Baby’s Breath … and so of course I had to make it my own.Β Incidentally, while I love the look and fragrance of roses, I seem to have greater success with carnations as cut flowers in the home (the roses all seem to wilt far too quickly).

Certain flowers are perfect for marking an important occasion, some can be the very symbol of love, while others are full of fond memories. Whatever meaning they are used to convey, it’s certain that all flowers are simply lovely to look at. Do you have a favourite bloom to include in a bouquet? Or am I alone with my current cut flower obsession?

32 Comments

  1. caren

    I love the simplicity of that all-white gathering of happy blossoms!
    I am currently loving cutting spring blooms out of my backyard to bring in, making little nosegays to decorate a window or a shelf. Right now, I have the last daffodil of the season & bunches of forget-me-nots, violas, and tiny petunias in a little vase. πŸ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Caren – They are a happy collection of white, creamy blooms! Can you believe they’ve only just now reached their end point? Talk about long-lasting blooms … I’ll certainly be purchasing something similar again very soon.
      I’d love to have more blooms about the place, so I’m very jealous of your ability to bring cut flowers in from your back yard. Our poor garden is sorely neglected when it comes to blooms.

      Daffodils are delightful (they always look bright and cheery) … and your selection of pretty flowers gathered into a little vase sound gorgeous.
      πŸ™‚

  2. Gabrielle Bryden

    Your white arrangement is so lovely πŸ™‚ Don’t you just love the name ‘baby’s breath’ – soft and ethereal. My favourite flowers are tulips, peonies, and roses, intermixed with babies breath, of course πŸ˜‰

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – I’m glad you liked these blooms too … I love having a simple vase filled with pretty flowers just near my desk. I find my eye wanders to them quite a lot (I’m sure they help spark creativity on some level). πŸ™‚

      ‘Baby’s Breath’ is the sweetest little name for a flower … and says so much about their delicacy and softness. I love tulips too, and I really wish I had more luck with roses as cut flowers because they smell divine.
      πŸ™‚

  3. louise

    Carnations were my Grandfather’s favourite flower, so I’ve always had a soft spot for them too. xolj

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Louise – Oh that’s so sweet! I think carnations are a favourite of my mum, and that makes them lovelier still. I love how beautiful blooms connect us to such wonderful memories.
      xx

  4. Lisa

    Hi Tracey – Your impressively splendid photography has a prominent cinematic quality, which leaves me a touch breathless. Although at closer glance your divine carnations expertly pose incognito, as I also see the creamiest of white roses too!

    Delicately infused with exquisiteness and an inkling of saintliness, peonies have always held a special place in my heart. I love the way they always gently remind me of traditional Japan, and I think that’s very lovely.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hello dear Lisa – You are absolute loveliness in the way you flatter my photography … thank you! xx
      Those carnations did well to hide other floral beauties didn’t they? Like most things in life I love objects and blooms with an air of mystery or theatre about them. I am currently without a selection of pretty blooms inside, something I shall have to rectify tomorrow.

      I don’t believe I’ve ever welcomed the joy of peonies into my home before, but your description of them has me yearning for the experience. I love the way flowers can not only remind us of a place or a memory, but of a particular time. I think that’s incredibly magical. xx

  5. Sonia

    Flowers make me happy too. Don’t have to be fancy either. Baby’s Breath definitely has a retro vibe about them. I think they look nice in an old vase or bottle by themselves. Simple. Beautiful.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Sonia – I don’t think I’ve ever fully appreciated the beauty and happiness which can be provided by flowers. Sometimes the simplest of arrangements can be the most lovely. I wish I was able to buy large bouquets of Baby’s Breath, I would definitely fill a vase or two only with them. I think they look wonderful in a sweet and slightly old-fashioned way. πŸ™‚

  6. Jasmine

    It’s funny you mention baby’s breath! I was antique shopping on the weekend and came across a vintage wedding photo. The bride’s bouquet was wonderfully full and was filled with lovely baby’s breath. It got me thinking about how you rarely see it in bouquets anymore and it’s almost considering a “90s” thing!

    x Jasmine

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jasmine – Oh yes, Baby’s Breath was so popular in those wedding photos of yesteryear, aren’t they? I’m sure it was an absolutely essential bouquet inclusion for brides during the 80s / 90s … it’s amazing to think that perhaps flowers cycle in popularity in much the same way that fashion does …

      I wish I could source a constant supply of Baby’s Breath in Brisbane … I keep looking and hoping.
      xx

  7. Krystal/Village

    i usually always have some pretty flowers around! i have seen baby’s breath in forever though – maybe not even since highschool dances, haha πŸ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Krystal – It’s lovely to have beautiful flowers in the home … I can’t believe it’s taken me until this year to realise how much I love them. I haven’t seen Baby’s Breath around in ages either, I think it was a victim of changing tastes … I wish I could find more of it. πŸ™‚

  8. Debby

    I love big bunches of wild flowers from the garden or simple white tulips all blousy when they are past full bloom…

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Debby – Yes, those big messy bunches of flowers are wonderful. Sometimes I crave a lovely clash of floral colours, and yet other times like yourself, I dream of simple white blooms.
      xx

  9. Lucent Imagery

    Ummm. Just yesterday I was waiting for someone to pop into a shop. I said “I’ll be outside the florist looking at the flowers”. I then proceeded to loiter in an uncool way outside the display window and just stare at the flowers. Have just thrown out my recent huge bunch of fragrant oriental lillies from mother’s day weekend (had to get some for myself when buying for the Mums in our lives), but my yellow chrysanthemums are still doing well. I love your photos and the reflection on childhood memories.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Lucent Imagery – Oh yes, I’ve done a bit of that uncool loitering outside florist windows … some of the displays they put together are incredible! Thanks so much for your sweet comment … your yellow chrysanthemums sound lovely (I’m a little bit yellow obsessed at the moment).

      PS. I’m a big fan of treating myself when I’m buying gifts for someone else, especially if that something is flowers.
      πŸ˜‰

  10. Galit

    I left you a comment that was somehow disappeared it seems (probably I was fevering and never clicked the Post Comment button… πŸ™ )
    For a log time I had the dream of becoming a florist so I can be surrounded with flowers and their perfume all day long. It’s not just that but being involved in the moments when flowers are given (happy or sad) that I also find myself attracted to.
    I would be happy to have fresh flowers in every room, every day.
    We usually compromise on fresh garden flowers.

    P.S. Received your instant garden the other day! Thank you again!!! I was away and now a bit under the weather, but I promise to take care of it on the weekend!!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Galit – Oh I hate it when comments disappear like that … sometimes technology is just not our friend.
      I know what you mean about your dream of becoming a florist. It must be a wonderful job to work in, and be surrounded by all those beautiful, fragrant flowers all day … I’ve often thought about doing a flower arranging short course just for as an excuse to live amongst the blooms for a while. πŸ˜‰
      I really need to do better at growing my own flowers, then I would have a ready supply on hand. Our garden can be quite green, but doesn’t tend to produce many flowers.

      PS. I’m so glad your instant herb garden arrived safe and well … you are very welcome, I hope it produces much loveliness in your garden. xx

  11. woolf

    i know nothing of baby breath, i’m sure! i wonder if they translate literally into flemish? must look them up.
    my absolute favourite are closed, white tulips, although their opening and wiltering stage is also pure drama…
    nβ™₯

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Woolf – I’m not sure about the translation of ‘Baby’s Breath’ flowers … I think they’re otherwise known as ‘Gypsophila’ if that helps? They are such sweet delicate flowers.

      I tried my hand at growing tulips once, and was surprised enough to discover that I was actually partially successful. I love white tulips too.
      xx

  12. sarah

    Beautiful flowers, you can’t beat simple, elegant white.
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    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Sarah – I agree, there’s something classically beautiful about white flowers. I love creating a bit of variety amongst the white by including different types of flowers in an arrangement … like a textured bouquet! πŸ™‚

      I hope you received my email OK? I’m so very happy to be a winner in your beautiful giveaway … gosh I feel very fortunate indeed. Thank you!! xx

  13. Selma

    Your post reminded me of how much I love baby’s breath. I had it in my hair at my high school graduation ball. I also had it in my wedding bouquet. There is a delicacy about the flowers that is enchanting. I always smile when I see baby’s breath and am pleased to see in my local florist that it is making a comeback. It is so pretty.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Selma – They are lovely flowers, I think their sweet simplicity is perhaps what I love most of all.
      How wonderful that you have such clear memories of Baby’s Breath at different times of your life … I perhaps had it included in my formal corsage … but I honestly can’t remember now.

      It sadly seems to be an underrated flower by many, but I suppose that means there’s just more available for us!! πŸ˜‰

  14. Christine

    Thank you for this delightful bloooming post πŸ™‚ Carnations are among my favorites too, actually, along with Peony and Mimosa. Want to go to the flourist now :-))

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Christine – I’m glad you enjoyed this lovely ode to the beauty of flowers. Carnations are such lovely flowers, but with everyone talking about their love of Peonies, I really must pick some of them up next time I’m at the florist.

      I hope you selected a lovely bundle of floral beauty for your home. Enjoy the rest of the week.
      xx

  15. Fi, Previously Owned

    They look beyond beautiful! I have an obsession with cactus… haha I have really tried to care for flowers but I have THE worst luck. Two days later, wilted. I think I’m going to try it your way haha baby’s breath and carnations. I do love the scent of those!

    xo

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Fi – These are amongst my favourite type of blooms too … I love the mix of carnations and other little beauties. Oh I used to be a little obsessed with cactus, that was until I kept killing them all … I seem to get a little over-zealous in watering them too often.

      Yes, try your hand at Baby’s Breath and Carnations … if I can do it, anyone can!! πŸ™‚

  16. hila

    I always did like the name Baby’s Breath, although it can come across as a bit creepy. I love being surrounded by flowers, but I’m afraid I just kill them too quickly. No green thumb for me.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Hila – They do have a sweet name don’t they? (but I know what you mean about that slight creepy factor … haha). So appropriate for a delicate little bloom I think.

      I just adore having flowers in the home – I seem to have much greater success in keeping flowers in vases than I do in keeping them alive in the garden! πŸ˜‰

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