Here in Southern California there aren't many months that I can't go outside and snip something green or flowering and I love that. But sometimes I want a little bit more than my yard has to offer.
And I know those of you knee deep (or house deep) in snow can go months without seeing any color for clipping.
If money were no object I would love to have fresh bouquets delivered weekly with flowers from all over the world. But that's just not my reality so I do the next best thing, I head to the grocery store or in this weeks case Trader Joe's.
For less than ten dollars I was able to pick up a bundle of roses and a one of mums to use around the house. (I will sometimes go with the premixed bouquet for around $5.99, but I wasn't really loving the color selection on hand and I find you get more flowers when you buy two separate bouquets and make your arrangements.)
Once I got them home I needed to decide what to do with them. I knew I wanted a pitcher full of flowers to add to my dining room centerpiece and also a bouquet on the counter for my Valentines day display, so I grabbed those vases first. Then I decided a couple of small arrangements, one on the mantel and one in the bathroom, would be nice as well.
I started with the largest vessels making sure I used the roses where I would enjoy them most.
Then I snipped the remaining daisies and made two more little bouquets.
I know it can seem kind of extravagant to buy cut flowers but for me that ten dollars was actually a wise investment in helping to make our house a cozy home and you can't put a price on that.