Les Belles Fleurs

I’ve had a love affair with flowers ever since I was knee-high to a grasshopper.

Ok . . . I was a little taller than that, but definitely pre-kindergarten!

It all began with the pansies! I remember the first time I watched my grandmother planting them in her garden. I was mesmerized. No two were exactly alike, each with markings that resembled little “faces”, and velvety petals in burgundy or purple. (Perhaps that explains my affinity for those colors, even now.)


When I was old enough to take the subway into downtown Boston (either to shop, or in later years to go to work), I was always enchanted with the flower vendor stalls located underground – close to where one would catch a train. First of all, the fragrance was amazing! It would literally assail your nostrils the moment you came anywhere near the stalls. Next, you’d catch that first glimpse of a riot of color – flowers of all kinds, neatly displayed in pails of varying sizes. The prices were really quite reasonable back then. Even my meager babysitting wages could cover the cost of a cheerful bouquet. As a teen, I enjoyed stopping on my way home to purchase flowers for my grandmother. It always seemed like such a “full circle” moment to present them to the one who inspired a love of flowers in me! 😀


After Sir Beads and I had been married a little over a decade, he began to bring me flowers every week. This went on for several years and I absolutely adored it! During that time, our dining table always looked so beautiful. The flowers would change from week to week with each arrangement prettier than the last. Eventually, I decided we should probably be saving the money for necessities, and I reluctantly suggested that he stop. But you know what? Those years of weekly flowers made a lasting impression on all of us. They brought a special joy that lingered long after we discontinued the tradition.


Of course, I still love having fresh flowers in our home from time to time, and I enjoy seeing them grow in our yard. Lately, however, I’ve been busy making flowers. More on that soon! 😀




Les Belles Fleurs — 5 Comments

  1. We are lucky to have a botanical garden here in St. Louis. When the dreary cold days start to depress me I go there, and it cheers me up. The climatron is a rainforest environment with beautiful flowers and plants. I also love springtime in the garden with its blooming flowers, and the fall when the trees are changing. It also helps that I can get in for free on certain days before noon. I admit I’m not much of a gardner, but my woods bloom all spring and summer with flowers nature plants each year.

    Today’s celebrations include:
    4/12 Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day (My favorite sandwhich ever since I was a child)
    4/12 National Licorice Day (chocolate and cherry are my favs, what are yours)
    4/12 Walk on Your Wild Side Day ( d0 some things no one expects you to do. Be unpredictable for once)
    4/12 D.E.A.R. Day (aka Drop Everything And Read)

  2. I too love flowers. Hubby still buys me flowers. I have some tulips on the table now.
    I go into Boston about once every couple of months and love to see the flower vendors. So pretty.
    Kelly – that botanical garden sounds like a piece of paradice.
    BTW – hate licorice – no way will I eat it ( no way, hun-ah, nope, just won’t do it, ugh, gag, – you get the picture)

  3. O man Kelly..can’t decide what day to celebrate!! I think I’ll choose grilled cheese and make supper easy….and I pick walk on your wild side because I am rather serious and predictable, at least at work. I’ll make it a challenge.

    CRISSIE!! Flowers? Are you making FABRIC flowers? I AM TOO. If you are making fabric flowers, I’ll show mine if you show yours. I am obsessed for just the RIGHT flower ever since I saw a shabby fabric flower on a millitary jacket at Kohl’s. I have made several and am perfecting the design. O, I hope yours are fabric too. See how little things excite me….or maybe you are crocheting them!! I’d try that too.

    Ok, I’m calm now.

    You all have a great day!!
    xx, Carol

  4. Im learning to make paper flowers to go on cards 🙂
    I must admit i prefer my flowers to have roots,it makes me sad when cut flowers die.Im loving spring with the first sign of bulbs pushing up through the soil.

  5. I love all kinds of flowers, my husband used to buy me flowers all the time when we were dating & still does occasionally.
    I love flowering shrubs, too: Azelas, wisteria (I think it is more a vine? Love the smell of them when the breeze hits just right, both wisteria & azeleas are out in full force right now, beautiful!) and my favorite, the hydrangea. I love the blue ones!
    My roses are also blooming. 🙂

    I am one of those weird people that LOVE black licorice! I prefer it to other kinds of candy, so I will be sure to get some Good & Plenty and Crows to celebrate the day!

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