I’ve chosen flowers for my F word as they’re something that a lot of us see everyday of our lives without even realising it or appreciating them. Not just in nature but also in some unexpected places – we just have to open our eyes and look. Flowers also have so many different meanings depending what context they are used in and they can provoke very strong emotions.
My first flower is a Louis Vuitton window display in one of the big department stores in London – very striking and colourful. I wonder how many Londoners rushed by without stopping to admire the beauty they were passing.
Flowers can also be used in food, or as is so beautifully demonstrated below, to decorate a yummy cocktail.
Towns and villages around the world often use decorative floral beds to make the place look more appealing. Our new home of Nairn has several lovely areas, but I particularly like this one featuring dolphins.
Flowers are also a very important part of remembering those we have lost. Do we leave flowers on graves so that other people know we care or do we think the deceased know we’re leaving them there? The grave below is for an Australian that died in the second world war and is buried in Scotland – I love how flowers have been planted around the tombstone so that they are always there.
To finish on a more upbeat note, I couldn’t do a blog post about flowers without mentioning a really happy way they are used, and that is at weddings. Wedding bouquets, buttonholes, flowers for tables, and even throwing dried petals over the happy couple – flowers feature very heavily in the joining of two people in marriage.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post on flowers, and until next time, be good, stay safe, and take time through the following week to see the flowers around you.
Pamela & Ken