I’ve missed you guys!! It’s crazy how much a few days away from this fun little blog can leave me with a little hole in my soul… a void that begs to be filled. As much as I’ve enjoyed the excitement and craziness of the past week, I now feel a craving to get back to wandering around the garden with my camera and giving all of my little plant pals a little extra TLC. I have to admit that, in the midst of all the Lonely Bouquet Day preparations, I’ve neglected them just a bit.
Since most of you flower friends (understandably) couldn’t make it to my house, I thought it would be fun for you to vicariously partake in the day’s festivities chez moi. So close your eyes (well, actually, keep reading), take a deep breath and imagine yourself rolling out of bed early-ish on Sunday morning… blue skies and sunshine pour through the window. Yes! After a few days of steady rainfall and chilly temperatures, you breathe a sigh relief to know that the special day dedicated to spreading smiles through flowers will be dry and drama-free.
You get yourself ready and hop in the car. The drive shouldn’t take too long! As you pull into the driveway, you immediately spot a few tables set up in the courtyard… one full of flowers I’ve already put together and another two “workspaces” full of freshly cut flowers for you to play with! We exchange some hugs, enjoy a cup of coffee and fresh bakery goodies (that’s probably why you came in the first place, isn’t it? ;)), and get down to business!
We get busy making our own little arrangements. It’s so much fun seeing what everyone else is putting together… some styles are loose and wild while others are more formal. We tie off one bouquet after the other, quickly using up the materials I’ve prepared. So I run back to the cutting garden and grab a few more handfuls of flowers for you to use! Fragrant roses, sweet william, knautia, anemone, feverfew, honeysuckle, veronica, larkspur, sweet peas, mint, oregano, mock orange, foxgloves, wildflowers… so much to choose from!
And yes, some of us really did wear flowers in our hair! With our stock replenished, we get back to making some more bouquets, chit-chatting and giggling as late morning slowly turns into early afternoon. My brother-in-law, Mark, dashes around the field foraging some more flowers for us to use!
As the sun rises higher in the sky, we realize that it’s probably time to get going. After all, we’ve made nearly 50 bouquets already! Time to sprinkle them throughout the region and spread some smiles! Some are in charge of filling the jars with water while others take care of carefully packing the Lonely Bouquets into their travel boxes. Take Mark, for example. He and Tobi took off toward Cologne with about 15 bouquets safely packed into their car!
We divide ourselves into five groups and pack up our cars before taking off in separate directions… some heading toward the Heuvelland region, others toward Maastricht. Some further into Belgium and some toward Germany! Which way will you head?
We wave farewell as my main man and I take the round-about scenic tour toward Maastricht. We leave little bouquets with tags attached behind at Val Dieu and in Teuven… on a picnic table near Sippenaeken, in Slenaken, and in downtown Margraten… at the American Cemetery in Margraten and in three separate spots in Maastricht. Phew! It feels good to leave so many flowers behind, and to know that so many from our flower power party are busy doing the same all throughout the region!
While we’re relaxing back at the house, the other flower power party in California is just getting started! My mom, Eva, Keira, Kendall, and Casey make three bouquets from their garden in celebration of the International Lonely Bouquet Day. They pack up their flower friends and drive toward Beverly Hills, Studio City, and Sherman Oaks. Apparently even my dad participated in the flower power capital of the world… San Francisco!
I’d like to thank you all so much for making yesterday such an amazing experience. Tjeu, Reineke, Jeroen, Annette, Raissa, Amelie, Marco, Mark, Tobi, Piet, Jose, Eva, Keira, Kendall, Casey, mom and dad. You guys are amazing and I couldn’t have done it with out you! Elizabeth, Susan, Joanna, Yvonne, Debi, Elodie, Nelleke, Laetitia, Alice, and all of you other awesome friends from facebook who joined in… thank you!! And to all of you flower friends who vicariously helped out today, thank you too! Without you, I wouldn’t have had anyone to cheer me on as I traveled along my year-long journey full of Lonely Bouquet adventure!
If you’re interested in taking a peek at the activity that took place all over the world yesterday, you can look at this world map full of flower power! And if you’re thinking “hey! I want to do this!”, then come on over and sign up for the next big event! You’ll only have to wait a year ;)