Thirteen years ago my mother passed away from cancer. She was forty six years old. (Don’t worry, this will get better!) My mother was an amazing artist who loved nature and enjoyed spending time in her gardens the most. As with all who are touched by illness, it was shocking when we got the news.
In the coming months we did what all families do in times of struggle, we hoped, we prayed and we did what we could to make things better. Actually, looking back I feel that no one believed that she would or could be gone in a little over a year. September came and she went.
Standing in the front row of the 70 person church with hundreds of people waiting to get inside I lost track of the chatter and the commotion. I found myself fixated on a single pale pink rose from her garden which resting in her casket spray. I thought about the summer before when she and I were standing in the sun smiling and she was admiring how the roses matched the color of my 8 month old daughter's skin tone (always an artist!).
In typical east coast fashion, we made our way out of the church to the graveside and said our prayers and goodbyes. Before leaving the grounds for the dinner I took this rose and tucked it into my car for safe keeping.
When I got to her home, I stood in her empty studio. It was so strange standing there in silence among all of her things, that were now my things. I pulled out one of her Leonardo Di Vinci books and I carefully pressed the rose from her service in the pages for safe keeping.
Life had a lot of ups and downs in the next thirteen years. From time to time I would get to missing my mother and I would go to the da Vinci book and look at the rose. Though the color had faded, the memories and the comfort it brought me never did.
Then it happened....somehow through life challenges, changes of address and shuffling about, I misplaced the book! One day I went to look at the garden rose...and it was gone. I was heart broken.
Three years later my husband found the book!
Imagine my surprise and happiness when he came through the door holding the da Vinci book that held the rose which I thought was gone forever! I quickly looked in its pages and I found it.
It was still intact...she was still there.
I wasted no time, I brought the rose to
Lil’ Pear Tree the very next morning. I was determined to never let that rose out of my sight again. The flower was made into several beads. One for me and several for my daughters (you know, for some day!).
The pressed flower was restored to its original color and now is no longer pressed in a book. Gone are the days of worrying if it is safe or if it has disintegrated or fearing it getting wet! It is a durable, wearable memory. I can (and do) take the memory of my mother with me just about every day when I wear my rose bead.
And that is the story of my wearable memory.
There are endless reasons to send flowers, even if it’s “just because”. In the summer months, flowers are such a great gift because they are vibrant, bright and breathe a fresh look and feel into any space! Give a small bud vase or send a large bouquet and make someone's day! July has so many fun reasons to purchase flowers. Here are a few of our favorites:
Let's celebrate those graduates! They have worked so hard, now it is time to have a party! Jazz up those buffet lines and picnic tables with a country chic arrangement that will be sure to please. Some of the most popular country chic flowers include sunflowers, zinnias, delphinium, baby’s breath, dahlias and daisy pomps.
July 4th Independence Day
Red, white and Blue, we love and appreciate you! Send flowers or decorate your own backyard BBQ. Red, white and blue flower arrangements can really make a statement and get your guests in a festive mood! Some of our favorite red flowers for the holiday include carnations, mini carnations, spray roses, long stem roses, and torch ginger. Wonderful white selections could include carnations, hydrangea, mums, roses, lisianthus and larkspur. Blue flowers are the bomb! Some of our favorite blues are scabiosa, blue bomb orchids, iris and delphinium.
July 5 Work-a-holic day
We all either know one, or we are one. On July 5th, it is time to send them a reminder (or send ourselves a reminder) that there is a whole world of fun and beauty out there! You know they are not going to take a nature break, so let's send one to them! In this mayday situation, even a small bouquet is great. Some of our favorite small bouquets include yellow and white daisies with filler, snapdragons, sunflowers or alstroemeria!
July 11 Cheer Up The Lonely Day
You have no idea how much flowers cheer up the lonely. Sending an arrangement or wrapped bouquet of flowers, no matter how small, can brighten someone's spirits. Have us design a bright arrangement for your loved one. Sometimes a pop of color is just what the doctor ordered! There are many bright flowers but some of the brightest are gerbera daisies, alstroemeria, delphinium, sunflowers and ranunculus.
July 30 International Day of Friendship
Ok, so this reason does not need an explanation. There is nothing more fun than getting a “thinking of you” arrangement from a pal as a reminder of the important things in life! Yellow is the color of friendship and it is also a great color for a wide variety of flowers! Some of our favorite yellow flowers are freesia (smells wonderful!!), alstroemeria, daisy pomps, Gerbera daisy, spray roses and long stem roses.