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The Lonely Bouquet Gulpen, Netherlands (June 16, 2012)

Today I dropped off a blue-hued bouquet of scabiosa caucasica, salvia Mainacht, painted sage, anemone, feverfew, cornflowers, scented geranium leaves, and Purple Palace heuchera leaves.

The Lonely Bouquet Slenaken, Netherlands (June 14, 2012)

A bouquet full of California poppies, feverfew, anemone, delphinium, cornflowers, and yellow chamomile was dropped off on a bench near downtown Slenaken, Netherlands.

The Lonely Bouquet Gulpen, Netherlands (June 13, 2012)

This sweet bouquet was dropped off near the parking lot in downtown Gulpen, Netherlands. It includes veronica, knautia seed heads, cornflowers, one Karl Rosenfeld peony, sweet william, salvia Mainacht, Purple Palace heuchera leaves and sprigs of lythrum.

The Lonely Bouquet Herve, Belgium (June 12, 2012)

Wild grasses, sprigs of delphinium, salvia Mainacht, feverfew, veronica, cornflowers and geranium leaves come together to form this bouquet left in Herve, Belgium.

The Lonely Bouquet Aubel, Belgium (June 12, 2012)

A bouquet filled with delphinium, veronica, cornflowers, feverfew, love-in-a-mist, anemone, and scabiosa caucasica was dropped off at a bus stop in Aubel.

Introducing the Lonely Bouquet

Hello there!

I’d like to introduce you to a new adventure I’ve embarked upon… in case the title didn’t already give it away, this new adventure of mine is called “The Lonely Bouquet”!

Basically, the way I see it, I have a bunch of flowers, I love making bouquets, and I have only so many friends and family members to whom I can give away my arrangements. Soooo, I figured why not randomly place my bouquets throughout local villages and (hopefully) make someone’s day in the process?

The world could use a little more kindness, and I don’t think people ever get tired of happening upon an unexpected pleasant surprise.

First, I arranged a bouquet of peonies, delphinium, Sweet William, anemone, cornflowers, salvia Mainacht and geranium leaves.

Next, I attached a little “take me” tag.

The final step was putting the lonely bouquet in place, snapping a few photos, and driving away!

Oddly enough, this turned out to be something of psychological experiment as well. It gave me a little extra insight into the human psyche. After doing my drop-and-dash, we proceeded to spend the evening out, only to drive by the bus stop 3 hours later. Guess what was still there? Yes, the (very) lonely bouquet.

Since the Holland vs. Denmark soccer game was about to start and NOBODY would be on the road, I decided to take the bouquet back home with me and give it a second shot at the Sunday market in Aubel.

Well, the second time didn’t go all that much smoother. After putting the bouquet in place, I stuck around to watch people’s reactions. Several people stopped to read the tag, smiled, and then kept walking. What?! Who doesn’t want to bring home a free bouquet? Are people that worried that the candid camera crew will pop out from behind a bush?

I decided to leave it be for a few hours. Imagine my relief when I drove by the bench where I’d left the bouquet hours before… and the bouquet was gone!

I’m going to assume that it was taken by new loving owners and not dumped in the trash by the clean-up crew ;)

You’ll be seeing lots more of these posts in the upcoming months, and hopefully I’ll fine-tune my techniques so the bouquets get taken every time! :)