Thursday, 21 April 2011

My Favourite Flowers & Real Flower Jewellery

I hope everyone is enjoying all this lovely weather that we have been experiencing. On a personal note, I think it has made me realise that I am a winter kind of guy! It must be all the years of living on a Narrowboat but I much prefer a cold winter’s day. I loved snuggling up in front of the wood-burning stove and having the towpaths to ourselves and then taking the boat out breaking through the ice (and not having to avoid hire-boats filled with drunken boaters having very little respect for nature and other people).

Apart from the overcrowded and litter strewn country parks and the smell of half-cooked meat drifting over from next door’s barbeque, a warm spring day does have some lovely points for me. Nature comes to life after having a rest over the winter months. Baby animals are born and beautiful flowers start to appear in celebration.

A couple of days ago my daughter asked me ‘what is my favourite flower?’ Without question I answered the following; so in no particular order my three favourite flowers are...

1) The Daisy

Such a simple and innocent flower that speaks volumes to me about what summer time is all about. Sitting in a meadow making daisy chains is my idea of a lovely day out.

Daisy flowers
2) Forget-me-nots

Beautiful flowers that I am happy to seed all over the garden if they want too! I also like for folklore and legends behind the flowers (especially the one about the knight who picked a posy of flowers whilst walking with his lady, fell into the river, started to drown and threw the posy to his lady shouting “Forget-me-not”.

Forget-me-not flowers
3) The Dandelion

A flower that looks like a ball of sunshine, the Dandelion has its rightful place in my top three flowers...I really resent mowing the lawn when I see them growing out of the grass.

Dandelion flowers
So they are my top three flowers, I would love to hear what your favourite flowers are?

You may remember that last year I produced a few pendants and necklaces containing real flowers. Well, this year I have quite a few planned and have already started to press flowers in readiness for some new items of jewellery...in fact I am now taking a small flower press with me whenever I go out!

daisy flower bracelet
If you would like to see some of the real flower jewellery that I made over the last year, please visit my real flower jewellery website page.

9 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos, Mick and I have to agree with the daisy and dandelion. I also love wild flowers like the bluebell - a true feeling of spring.

    I also get a thrill seeing the first snowdrops of the year as well as the roses in our front garden.

    Hmmm - not really narrowing it down much am I?!
    Despite not really being a 'flower' person, I really do love to see them growing (just don't put them all over fabric!!)

    Ali x

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  2. Oooh some great choices there Ali, the bluebell and snowdrops have to be high up in my list too!

    Mick

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  3. I love daisies! and forget-me-nots :)

    and love your jewellery idea, not sure what I would like to have :)

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  4. My flowers are ones that hold memories. So, at Freshia time of year I have those to remember my Nan, same with orange Lillies.

    Another one then with Bluebells and Snowdrops as they are my Mums favourites, I do love to see a field of bluebells.

    Lynda x
    (sorry for delay, I just saw your post on twitter)

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  5. The power of Twitter eh! Some great choices of flowers Lynda especially because of the memories behind them.

    Mick

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  6. Mine has to be the Daffodil. Its such a cheery, bright flower, waving through the grass on hedgerows and to me it always marks the end of Winter. Unlike you, I'm a warm weather person, give me the sunshine any time.

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  7. Oh I like the Daffodil too! I wish they lasted longer though, they seem to disappear far too soon after flowering.

    Mick

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  8. My favourites in order are:

    1. Snowdrops
    2. Daisies
    3. Violets and bluebells
    4. Daffodils
    5. Forget-me-nots

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    1. Some great choices of flowers there. I had completely forgotten about Violets and they are currently flowering in my garden now.

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