Fresh flowers are always nice. Fresh flowers smell good. But................
fresh flowers don't last!
I use flowers as part of my decor, not just as something nice that I found while out shopping one day. My biggest complaint is from those that think that all flowers used in your home should be fresh. Really? Well, luckily, I don't share that mind set. I have a good eye for artificial "real-looking" flowers. Most of the time, people don't even know that mine aren't real. I've even had people come over and gasp at my flowers and ask if they were real. I'm not a snob about very many things. I'm not a "true" collector and I don't have to have expensive name brands to make me happy. So, why should my flowers be any different?
For me, it's all about why I use these. I like that I can re-use these year after year. Fresh flowers die. So, if you're visiting someone and they have beautiful bouquets of fresh flowers and you're just in love................guess what? They're dead now. All gone! They just don't last.
I like that I can find exactly the type and color of flower that I want to use in my decor rather than depending on what I might find while I'm out shopping in the fresh flower department. You have much less variety there.
You will have to accept what is in season and possibly native to your area as well.
The south (where I live) isn't known to sell fresh lilacs. Noone grows them here either. But, they're one of my favorite flowers! No problem. I have a huge urn full of them by my front door.
Hydrangeas in the winter time? Unheard of right? Not at my house.
I love spreading flowers around my house. I couldn't afford to do that if I only used fresh flowers. That would get very expensive.
I also, would have to walk right past these cuties that came already arranged in pretty containers.
Orchids? They catch my eye every time I see them while out shopping. I gave in to buying them twice. Guess what? They're dead. I took pain staking care of them, but eventually I got tired of looking at them when they would quit flowering (which lasts about 6 mos). So, it was just a pot with a stick and leaves to look at. Where were the pretty flowers???? Now, I have this.
I'll admit it needs some leaves. But hey, at least it's flowering! Forever. Oh, and if I get tired of the white, I have some purple ones waiting for me in my basement. I have a complete flower shop down there!
So, are you one of those that insists on fresh flowers only? Or, are you more practical and like the versatility of the artificial (yet real looking) flowers that are on the market now?
Thanks for stopping by.
~ Kelly ~