Flowers have always made me disproportionately happy. There’s something innately charming about the different personalities of flowers; their beautiful varieties, scents and colours, always in abundance. For as long as I can remember, I have delighted in the presence of flowers – an enthusiasm that has extended towards most things, from flower arranging, decorative fabrics and interior styling, to my university years studying surface pattern design and creating floral-inspired products early on in my career (a passion which I still indulge in now).
This love for flowers has naturally evolved into an interest as to their true meaning. A flower, from the origin of its name, to its distinctive characteristics, is infused with symbolism and meaning. This ‘language of flowers’ is commonly referred to as Floriography and focuses on the notion that through the use of flower arrangements, you are able to convey feelings and thoughts. Hanakotoba is the Japanese name and form of this practice, where codes and passwords were used for each plant to express emotions.
I have never needed a reason to buy a beautiful bunch of flowers other than their simple ability to lift my mood or fit any occasion. Perhaps it’s their belonging to nature that draws me in so effortlessly, or the deep-rooted mythology attached – either way, their presence has always been an important part of my life and home.
“Whenever you are creating beauty around you, you are restoring your own soul”
– Alice Walker
ENTHUSE TOGETHER . . .
Whether you have a charming bouquet that you’re completely delighted with, discovered a wonderful wall of blooms on your wanders, or have created a beautiful styled scene with some of your favourite flowers – use #aflowerenthusiast to share your photos. It would be a joy to have you join and share your floral-inspired captures with me and others in the community. You can also tag and mention @aflowerenthusiast on Instagram, where I will regularly feature my favourite images from the hashtag.
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‘A Flower Enthusiast’ is a lighthearted term that my friends and family use to refer to me, one which I have wholeheartedly embraced through sharing my joy of flowers with friends in the online community. My journal will include a regular series that will document this enthusiasm for flowers, from my journey with gardening, a passion for floristry and floral styling, to notes on the unique everyday uses of flowers and botanical inspiration.