Progressive Blog: The Lonely Bouquet

It’s time for another progressive blog post with the Chapel Designers from around the globe!  I just love these posts!  I get to share my work and then send you on an adventure in blog land to see what my “flower buds” are up to as well.

A few weeks ago I participated in the first ever (inter)National Lonely Bouquet Day founded by Emily of Fleuropean, a floral designer based in Belgium.  What started as a simple way of spreading the joy of flowers through her community and countryside quickly grew into a world wide initiative by designers, gardeners and hobbyists who love flowers.

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From Emily’s Website: The basic concept of the Lonely Bouquet goes a little something like this: 1) pick flowers fresh from the garden or forage straight from nature, 2) arrange the flowers in a small, recycled jar, 3) add a signature “take me!” tag, and 4) leave the homegrown arrangement behind for a lucky local to take home. Voila! You have just delivered a handful of flowers that will surely put a smile on a stranger’s face.

Sunday, June 30, 2013 was Lonely Bouquet Day and I happened to be travelling back from delivering a wedding on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  I decided to leave my lonely bouquets in Annapolis, Maryland for some lucky local to enjoy.  I left two bouquets on park benches in a shopping district.  The bouquets were made using locally grown flowers from Southern Maryland’s Amish community as well as a few hydrangeas from my garden and some leftover blooms from Sunday’s wedding.

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The flowers included zinnias, celosia, gomphrenia, hydrangea, peonies and snapdragons

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A lovely woman named Judy found one of the bouquets and was nice enough to send me a photo of herself with the bouquet!

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I’m not sure where the other bouquet ended up but hopefully it found a home and someone enjoyed the flowers!

I think it’s pretty amazing how something so simple started half way around the world by one person had such a global reach and it was all done via the internet and social media. People shared their bouquets via twitter using #lonelybouquet and you could also upload images to the website and add it to the world map showing where your bouquet was located.  This was such a fun idea and I hope it continues!

Special thanks to Amy from the Botanical Brouhaha for finding Emily’s website and turning so many of us on to this fun project!

Check out more lonely bouquets from the Chapel Designers around the world to see what flowers they have in their gardens and local communities!

-AJ

Posh Floral Designs   http://poshfloral.com/the-lonely-bouquet/

Exquisite Designs   http://www.exqdesigns.com/blog/?p=2316

Alluring Blooms   http://alluringblooms.com/looking-for-a-good-home/.html

Floral Verde   http://floralverde.com/blog/?p=954

Stacy K Floral http://www.stacykfloral.com/?p=5158

Celebration Florals  http://bit.ly/10ThP54

Soiree Floral http://blog.soireefloral.com/2013/07/the-lonely-bouquet.html

Urban Petals http://myurbanpetals.wordpress.com/?p=3490

Colonial House http://colonialhouseofflowers.wordpress.com/2013/07/14/thelonelybouquet/

Au Courant Floral: http://www.aucourantfloral.com/blog

 

 

 

 

 

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