Special order

So it has to be the first time in about 4 years that I didn’t work in the floral industry for Valentine’s Day. I’m a little sad that I wasn’t sleepless (for days), (pleasantly) caffeinated and knee-deep (literally) in beautiful red roses, (not to mention) their leaves, stems and thorns. As well as swimming in a sea of wonderful peonies, orchids, lilac and hydrangea (just to name a few). Though not completely out of the game, I was asked by my step-brother-in-law to create a Valentine’s arrangement for my lovely step-sister.

She is fond of softer pastel colors, so I kept the palette in shades of pink with touches of purple, white and green. Flowers included: spray roses, garden roses, double-petal lilies, tulips, ranunculus, snap dragons, dianthus, kale and a few sprigs of the blooming lime tree (from my yard).

It was a lot of fun to do and she absolutely loves it! Here is another view (with strange lighting apologies).

Outside in

If you get close enough you can smell the bloom. I don’t recall the last time I caught the fragrance of a flower from a lime tree. It is truly an unforgettable smell. It is no wonder candles become inspiration, or they should in this case. In the background there is a single bloom of a Narcissus from the front yard. I know I shouldn’t have plucked this early sprout, but I couldn’t resist such a smell.

After the rain passed, these red flowers emerged a little more clearly. I’m not sure what plant this is, but the leaves are flat and paddle-like and feel slightly succulent in form. They are paired with another blooming branch from the lime tree and the greens from the Narcissus cluster. Ah, Spring fragrance….