picking flowers.

June 4, 2013
It seems almost ridiculous to say it, but one of the things I miss about life outside the city is the flowers. If you follow me on instagram (and even around these tea leaves), this will surprise you. You might very well wish that I stumbled upon fewer flowers.

But it’s not the market flowers that I miss, they’re better here. And it’s not the garden flowers, there are plenty of city gardens to rival their country cousins.

I miss the picking flowers. The flowers that you can see growing one minute and have in your hand the next. The kind that you don’t have to count your pennies to buy, or figure out a complicated way to cart home. The trip home with this kind of flowers is quick, in just a few pads of your bare feet across the backyard you’ve arrived.

While I was visiting my parents last weekend, I took full advantage of my favorite kind of flower and made this unruly little bouquet for Gardenista. Lots more details over there.

PS. I recently stumbled upon this old post: me in a patch of sweet william, about a million years ago.

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  • Reply Katie June 4, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    As a fellow city dweller I completely agree. I love picking flowers when I'm in the country.

    Katie x | and-katie.com

  • Reply sweet harvest moon June 4, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    One of the reasons why I will always be a country girl at heart…

    Adorable picture of you two on Glamour!

  • Reply Milynn {Love + Whimsy} June 4, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    I completely agree, I am so glad my parents have green thumbs so that I can reap the benefits of fresh flower picking too šŸ™‚ Your parents flowers are gorgeous!

  • Reply Sincerely, Noelani June 4, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    There's just something so refreshing about picking your own fresh flowers šŸ˜‰

  • Reply Rosie June 4, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    This little arrangement is so pretty. I've never thought to bring buttercups into the house before, will have to give it a try. There're so many in the meadow where I walk the dog, noone will notice if I pinch a few!


  • Reply kristyn June 4, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    oh, i so agree. the things i miss about the countryside…

  • Reply tinajo June 4, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Hand picked flowers are lovely! šŸ™‚

  • Reply Allie June 4, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Sooo pretty. I never buy flowers but I love picking them from my yard. Every year, in about a week or two from now, these huge hydrangea bushes start blooming all around my house. There's so many of them, I literally give them to everyone I know! The buttercups are just lovely. xx

    Allie @ callmesassafras.wordpress.com

  • Reply Hannah. June 4, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Picking flowers is one of my favourite things, but then I always feel bad about it!


  • Reply Gabi June 5, 2013 at 9:01 am

    I wrote about this the other day as well.
    I'm in Mali, and the hot Sahel air is not conducive to flowers.
    It's one of the things that I miss most, and revel in when I'm back in London.
    For now, it is peonies on my desk top!

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