I cannot for the life of me contemplate a home life without fresh flowers :: for me they are vital to my well being, and during the few days/weeks in a year when I forget them, I miss them terribly. They bring colour, happiness and vitality to a room, and add a huge dose of undiluted pleasure to the days.
I really enjoy buying my bunches of seasonal flowers and pots of inexpensive bulbs from the market/shops, it's a sweet weekly ritual that I love. Daffodils, narcissi, hyacinths, tulips, sweet williams, stocks, roses, dahlias, sunflowers :: it's the Floral Year.
However, my summer/autumn homegrown posies are without a doubt my Complete Favourite. In my dreams, I would love to grow more of my own summer garden annuals as I love them so much, but as yet I have not managed to be organised enough. One day. One day I will create the back yard of my dreams, full to the brim with roses, sweet peas, marigolds, cosmos, nasturtiums, geraniums, cornflowers and sunflowers. I will fill jugs instead of little ink bottles. The flowers will be abundant. One day.