Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Petal Pact

I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck. -- Emma Goldman

Welcome back!

My home is always full of flowers. There is not a room within this residence that does not contain at least one flower arrangement, regardless of the season. I am fortunate enough to have blushing summer bouquets permanently at my bedside and on my kitchen table, next to my bathtub and on the fireplace mantle all year round.
Mind you, I make a modest income and do not have the means to purchase these extravagant beauties on a daily basis, so I buy them once and they last, in many cases, a lifetime.

Perfumes are the feelings of flowers.--Heinrich Heine,The Hartz Journey
The second bunch sets up house immediately upon ‘moving in', choosing to occupy the space around them in a myriad of floral embodiment which can be found in anything from textiles and porcelain to paintings and prints. 

Unlike their living counterparts, their inanimate quality allows them the luxury of becoming permanent residents and in doing so, they may be referred to as ‘hosts’, always making sure that their fellow dwellers are well looked after, comfortable and even, on occasion, pampered. 

Ultimately, together they make the perfect pair as one provides a temporary and refreshing change to an equally important stable foundation. 

So, give me flowers in any way, shape or form and give me a little happiness. As Claude Monet, master of the flower aesthetic once said, "I must have flowers, always, and always."

Thanks for visiting.
Talk to you soon.


  1. So pretty!! I am curious to know how it is you wound up living in Greece?

    1. Hi Kris,

      Like most women tourists visiting the Mediterranean, I met my husband on a beautiful and mesmerizing Greek island, one fateful July day, and the rest is history. Sort of. I had insisted that he make the move to Canada for better opportunities, etc. He did, but couldn't adapt to the cold Canadian winters, missed being his own boss and didn't quite take to the English language. So, back to Crete; I viewed it as an adventure, and it sure has been one!

      Thanks for the lovely comment and for stopping by.

      Poppy xo

    2. I was wondering the same, too. So glad Kris asked the question. Thanks for sharing, Poppy. Cheers, L

  2. Ηi Poppy! One more award for you

  3. Hello, Poppy!
    Flowers really brighten up the home, don't they? Instead of buying fresh flowers on a regular basis (as that can be costly), I cut them from my garden during the summer months. In winter, I like to buy flowering plants....they last longer than cut flowers. And, I also enjoy a year round flower garden with my botanical prints, floral cushions, china and artwork.
    Cheers from DC!

  4. Hi Poppy!

    I loved your house.
    I loved the porcelain,
    the buffet in the corner, the great curtain.
    It has the same style as my own. I have a lot of old furniture,
    and I get even if they are thrown away.
    Good night!

  5. I posted this once but it didn't come out. Delete it if it appears twice.

    Your post has inspired me to find an appropriate Shakespeare quote:

    Yet nor the lays of birds nor the sweet smell
    Of different flowers in odour and in hue
    Could make me any summer's story tell,
    Or from their proud lap pluck them where they grew;
    Nor did I wonder at the lily's white,
    Nor praise the deep vermilion in the rose;
    They were but sweet, but figures of delight,
    Drawn after you, you pattern of all those.
    Sonnet 98

    Dedicated to my faithful friend.


  6. Good morning to you Poppy!
    Well, I like the fact that you have two categories of flowers! The real ones, and fabric, plates or anything else with a floral print upon! Your house looks great and makes your day,
    Have a nice day,

  7. This post is so full of beautiful flowers! I really enjoy seeing your visitors, and the dwellers, too!

  8. I love all your flowers! They just make a home so much brighter and fresher :)

  9. What pretty flowers you've shown, no matter how it comes to be. I love flowers too and use lots of faux ones as they never drop a petal.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  10. I love all of the pictures you've shared here! Your blog is beautiful!

  11. What a lovely and cheerful home and you have a lovely knack for writing! Blessings!

  12. hello Poppy,
    Like yourself I couldn't be without flowers in some form or the other. Given the choice it would have to be natural flowers and preferably a plant not cut flowers as they wither and die and that depresses me.
    You certainly know how to spread natural beauty around your home and very stylishly at that.

    Keep well

    Amanda :-)

  13. Beautiful! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  14. Hello Poppy - Love the flowers in each room - brilliant - live and still life! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  15. Poppy, All the flowers are beautiful! Thank you for joining the Open House party.

  16. Poppy, you surround yourself with so much beauty in both aesthetics and words. I enjoy every bit of your writing. Thanks for coming over and visiting at Quirky Vistas. It was so sweet to see an encouraging comment from you. Thank you!

  17. Hi Poppy, your home is like springtime - so vibrant and lovely. I actually believe that all the colours of spring/summer give me endorphin boosts, and I get a similar boost with your pics and through your writing. Thanks for sharing.


  18. So True! There are so many ways that we can have flowers in our home at all times. Your home is so lovely and feminine. I just love seeing all the different rooms. :) Thanks for linking this post to Fresh-Cut Friday!

  19. Aren't you smart. :)

    I love all things with flowers too. You can never have too many.

  20. What a lovely post...so bright and cheery! ( Snow here which is fine but seeing some bright flowers repeatedly in a post is a nice way to start my weekend :)

  21. You have a lovely home. I like that you have blooming flowers all the time in your decor through textiles, art, and ceramics. :D This post has cheered-up this gray day I'm having. I need some sunshine!

    Linking from Rose Vignettes,
    Ricki Jill

  22. Gorgeous flowers every where and with such lovely flower arrangements. I too adore flowers in textiles, porcelain and my fave's got to be paintings and I have a few. Your house is beautiful and your last photo with the daisys artwork..SWOONnnnnnn!!!!!!!!!!

  23. Hi Poppy. I came to visit through French Country Cottage because your beautiful arrangement of red flowers caught my eye. I'm your newest follower because your style of writing really interested me. I love how you've put your blog together and how you choose your wording. Please come by to visit the Cottage. You would be most welcome..Happy Thursday..Judy

  24. I love to put flowers everywhere. Thanks for sharing on the HomeAcre hop and please join us again this week: http://everythinghomewithcarol.com/self-sufficient-homeacre-hop-and-herbal-tea-giveaway/

  25. I love that you put fresh flowers on your bathtub! It is those small vases of flowers found in unexpected places that tickle my fancy. I always did these for my mother when I was a teenager. My father would have loved your flowers, both the real ones and the ones you add that last forever. He never met a flower he didn't like. I think that was because as the youngest of seven children on a farm, instead of joining the older ones in the fields or barn, he was his mother's helper in her flower and vegetable garden. In the 1920s, as a small child, he helped her pick zucchini blossoms and batter and cook them. And remembered their taste all his life.

    Poppy, even the tieback on your kitchen curtains steal my heart!

  26. This reminds me of how I really want to keep fresh flowers around, and somehow keep forgetting! My youngest children are great at it though. They bring in all things blooming every chance they get. Thanks for sharing your lovely post.


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