Roadside Flowers

Doesn't the title of this post sound a little like an awesome/horrible romance novel? I'm pretty sure the protagonists name would be Scarlet Rose or something equally impressive...

Where am I going with all of this...?

Oh right - flowers. Nothing makes a home feel special in the same way that little bunches of fresh flowers can and I'm totally in love with it. But... flowers aren't always cheap. I don't know about you, but sometimes it feels so extravagant to buy flowers; they're just going to die in a week or so right? So maaaybe there's another option? Yup, just look at the native foliage in your area with a little imagination!

I love snagging little plant trimmings on my walk home from school. Today I thought I would share the potential of little roadside flowers by making four simple arrangements for your viewing pleasure.

These little buds (above) grow on a huge bush. All together on the bush this plant doesn't look like "flower" material, but one branch by itself adds a bright touch to any room!

To be honest, I wasn't sure it these would work well in a little vase. They turned out wonderfully - so feminine. Sometimes you just have to try it out!

Probably the easiest way to add a little green to your room is to just grab a small branch with leaves. You would think it might look silly, but this is one of my favorites.

Don't underestimate the beauty of "weed" flowers. These little daisies grow everywhere and just look adorable in a little milk glass vase.

Just in case you're curious, here's a picture of part the walk I take to pick my flowers...

Hahah, not glamorous and definitely not where you would expect to find cute little trimmings for your home!

Before you go out and try it for yourself, there are a couple things to beware of...

1. I wouldn't recommend picking flowers from gardens - you don't want any angry neighbors! I make sure all of the plants I take trimmings from are in clearly un-landscaped areas.
2. If you have pets, always be careful about the plants you bring into your home. Some plants can be really poisonous for animals.
3. Watch out for little critters that might be living in your trimmings! No one wants little spiders or ants for new roommates.
4. If you have allergies, it might be a good idea to wear gloves when you pick your flowers. When you do your own flower picking you're likely to get a little sap on your fingers. Even if you're not allergic to a flower's smell, sometimes the sap can irritate sensitive skin.

Ok now go grab a pair of scissors and take a walk! I'm sure you'll find some pretty fantastic stuff in your own neighborhood and if you do, be sure to let me know!