Spring is in the air and yellow daffodils are everywhere I look. It’s hard not to get excited around this time of the year.

If you know me, then you know how much I love going on bike rides and collecting wild flowers on the way (it’s a hobby I discovered during last year’s lockdown). I can’t wait for them to pop up in the most unexpected cracks and corners again. I love the hunt and the surprise of course, but on a deeper level, they remind me to be resilient no matter what.

One of my new year’s resolutions is to have more flowers around the house, especially on my nightstand. I haven’t been good about the later because currently my tiny nightstand is covered in books, paperwork, (sometimes a bowl of M&Ms), and lots of baby stuff that I reach for during night feedings. But that hasn’t stopped me from having something fresh and colorful in the kitchen.

Last week, after spying Ingrid Carozzi’s HANDPICKED at the library and reading it cover to cover, I’ve been challenging myself to come up with interesting flower arrangements from what is sprouting in my yard. Carozzi’s book is filled with beautiful and fancy blooms that I wish were more easily accessible to me; her tips are inspiring nonetheless.

There is a giant camellia bush in our back yard with white, pink, and red blooms all in one. It is studded with a million buds right now. I decided to use those this week. Thanks to Carozzi, I knew how to best cut the woody stems and how lukewarm water in the vase would help settle them in their new environment.

So here it is!

So tell me, are you into flowers too? What are your favorite places to get them?

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