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Labor of Love: Valentine’s Day Lonely Bouquets

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Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!

I hope your day has been love-ly and full of warmth, whether it be thanks to a special someone, a close loved one, or a furry friend. What started out as an (overly)optimistically sunny day has come to a very wet and windy end. But never fear! The sudden change in weather didn’t dampen my plans for launching a flower frenzy throughout the surrounding villages and cities.

I gathered a few bits and pieces from the garden- mossy twigs, herbs, hellebores, snowdrops, skimmia, and scented geranium leaves- before heading back inside to assemble a variety of Valentine’s Day Lonely Bouquets.

While arranging the bouquets, I was in seventh heaven thanks to the divine combination of hyacinths and rose geraniums. Yum!

The big bunch of tulips and hefty assortment of hyacinths that I had brought home from the market got split up into seven pretty posies. I printed out some “take me!” tags, tucked the bouquets safely into the trunk of the car, and headed out on my undercover mission to spread some love this Valentine’s Day.

Pausing for mere seconds to snap a few “in situ” shots, I stopped at various bus stops, parking lots, crosswalks, city benches, and train stations across town.

Despite the steady sprinkle of rain, I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly my little labors of love disappeared. Most were gone within minutes!

The biggest surprise came as we were waiting to pick up our oh-so-romantic to-go order for Thai food. We were sitting, enjoying the intoxicating aroma of fresh basil, chili, and coriander when a man rushed in carrying one of the bouquets. He popped behind the counter, grinning from ear to ear and giggling with the waitresses and cooks. He handed the flowers to one of them before sitting down to eat his meal. What are the odds?!

I honestly can’t imagine a better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Sharing the love with others and spreading secret smiles fills my heart with so much happiness. I was also lucky to have a handsome helper keeping me company during the distribution process… and the dinner was great! :)

Wishing you all a wonderful day and sending you lots of love!

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Happy Valentine’s Day!

    February 14, 2014
    • Emily #

      Thanks so much, Laura! Right back atcha! :) xx

      February 14, 2014
  2. A beautiful, beautiful gesture!! So happy to have found you on FB and on your blog!! Blessings, Charlotte

    February 20, 2014
    • Emily #

      Thanks so much, Charlotte! So happy to have you here :) xx Emily

      February 20, 2014

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