Beautiful Blooms

It’s Spring in Mapleton and even though we have had a lot or rain lately, I am thinking about flowers. Those gorgeous, fragrant bouquets that arrive for birthdays and even funerals. Nothing beats a beautiful bloom of roses, camellias, carnations or iris, with their scents and colour filling a room. I love the romance of flowers, the thought of receiving a fresh arrangement and the healing that it brings.

For a little while I used to bring in gardenias from home or lavender to sit on my desk at school. It was a touch of nature to an otherwise academic and book filled area. Soon the sneezes came from my working partner who kindly asked me if I could stop bringing in flowers as she was suffering. That’s OK. I understood. Sensitive noses and allergies make it tricky when Spring arrives.

Presently I am looking at flower websites to decide on an arrangement for my wedding next year. That’s right. I am getting married to Bill, both of us committed to sharing our lives together. There are wonderful flower guides to browse, florist shops to visit, gardens to admire and websites to explore.

For those of you who are creative ( like me) choosing a style and type of flower adds to the excitement of the preparation. Here on the Sunny Coast there are lots of beautiful modern and vintage themes that offer colours, pastel or bold to ensure that your special day is highly personalised. I am not really into wedding consultations having opted for simplicity, colour and form of my own choosing. I appreciate the artistic side of a flower arrangement and how it can transform a mood, room and occasion.

Here’s a few different sorts of bouquets.

autumn floral bouquet





You can see the beauty of colour in these blooms. The red rose is for passion and love; white camellia means “you’re adorable”, baby’s breath for celebration, iris for faith and hope. Did you know that the common orange nasturtium symbolises victory. The botanical name comes from the Greek word meaning “trophy”, the flower and leaves are shaped like helmets and shields.

I do like the oldest flower – the protea. It makes the most attractive arrangements and can last longer than say sweet peas. My mother grew geraniums and they now grow in my Mapleton garden – true friendship, protection and love. I also adore the blue and pink hydrangea.

I have considered seasonal flowers of Autumn – March is when the wedding date is set. Dusty, peachy and wine colours. Snapdragons, daisies, proteas, carnations, aster, tulips, eucalyptus, pods and succulents.


In the coming weeks, I will explore a bit more and hope that my decision will be perfect for me and my bridesmaid sister Kim. From wreaths to posies, to stems and full bouquets, it seems that I have a lot of choice. Now as I wander the shops, I notice floristry more in the windows as talented people create with their hands something that brings pleasure, joy and beauty. Which flower speaks to you? Do you remember what flowers you had on your wedding day?

It is a truth universally acknowledged – as Jane Austen might say- that flowers are a source of great and simple pleasure. There’s something heart warming about being in the company of flowers.

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October 20, 2017 at 11:57 pm

It was a lovely surprise to receive your notification card about you and Bill. Congratulations to you both! I’m not surprised really, you both always seem so happy together. I wish you both the most joy possible.

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    October 22, 2017 at 7:21 am

    Thanks Joy – I remember being your bridesmaid a long time ago. Our friendship, like flowers has blossomed. Marg

October 21, 2017 at 1:50 am

First of all, hearty congratulations to you and Bill. Such a lovely couple deserves great happiness!
Secondly, I couldn’t agree more with your sentiments about flowers. My jasmine is a mass of flowers at the moment and every time I walk past and smell their frangrance, my spirits rise. I’ve just planted some geraniums in honour of my stay in the south of France where they seemed to be everywhere and so healthy with deep red blooms.
Hopefully we can catch up sometime over a coffee. It would be good to reminisce together about our travels in France although now it seems like such a long time ago!

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    October 22, 2017 at 7:24 am

    Hey Jenny, it’s good to hear from you. Love the deep red blooms of trailing geraniums. Where are you now? It does seem a life time ago that I met you at the airport. Take care, Marg. Bill sends his country wishes too.

October 21, 2017 at 2:01 am

What lovely news. Congratulations.

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    October 22, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Thanks Jill. I drive past your house on my way to see the twins and other grand children. Hope you are keeping well. Let’s catch up at the Kenmore library soon. Marg

Much ado about Little Women
October 21, 2017 at 9:14 am

Beautiful!! =D Thanks for sharing these photos!

Judy M
October 21, 2017 at 11:05 am

Well……exciting news!!!! Congratulations. Thrilled for you both. What a super time you will have drawing all your ideas together for the big celebration. So many flowers to choose from…….my faves are roses (champagne/Julia Rose), gorgeous green Bells of Ireland, peonies (pale pink), hydrangeas (pink/green). My bouquet had roses…….Rachel’s had champagne roses and fruits/berries……my mum’s bouquet was huge and had stephanotis, dahlias, lilies, ferns etc. I can see you giving Pinterest a good work-over during the coming months. My roses, both climbing, bush and weeping have bloomed amazingly this Spring. Looking forward to a catch-up soon. xo

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    October 22, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Your flower memory is go good Judy! And those climbing roses, like at your old Mt Tambourine property, are thriving in your beautiful garden. Champagne roses sounds tasty and delightful. Not sure if I want to throw away my bouquet!! Marg

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    October 22, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Glad the photos make you happy. Don’t forget to smell the roses! M

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