February – The Month of Flowers

A wedding anniversary, a birthday, and the day for professing love world wide – all fall in the month of February. In other words, the house is smelling fresh of flowers and bouquets all round the month.

My husband used to be once called a ‘florist’ dearly by friends for the amount of money he spent (umm, invested!) in buying flowers. I’m not fond of red roses, so they never find a place in our flower arrangements. Rajnigandha is a personal favorite. Yesterday was Valentine’s Day and much to my surprise, this year, my husband walked in with a huge bouquet containing a dozen Rajnigandha sticks nestled in pink and white roses held together by lavenders.

How do you forgive/forget and bury a argument? Flowers have always done the trick for me; they are also a cheap and instant way of decorating and bringing cheer into a home. As the bouquet was huge, I split into two today and filled the vases.

Rajnigandha

Rajnigandha

Rajnigandha sits atop the center table in a beautiful glass vase.

Roses in a copper vessel

Roses in a copper vessel

Roses

Roses

While the roses are in a new copper vessel. I picked up this copper vessel (usually used for last rites in the South or for drinking water) from a large stainless steel retail store called Ratna Stores in Trichy for Rs.110. I’m into thrift decoration these days – in tune with the times. If you’d agree, most magazines last year, screamed of headlines such as decorating on a budget or how not to let recession get in the way of doing up your home.

I add a little sugar to the water and change the water every day. This way it lasts for 4 days. How was your Valentine’s Day? What’s your trick for making fresh flowers last longer?

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