Author: Carrie Martin
Carrie Martin owns Rose Rebellion Florist and Event Design. She is passionate about sourcing local grown flowers when she can in her design work. Carrie shares with us her enthusiasm for getting flowers into our lives. Some say flowers just die. Carrie brilliantly points out that maybe flowers do last forever by blazing the way to warm comforting memories.
Sometimes flowers get a bad rap because, well, "they die". But in a busy world full of half-forgotten things cluttering up our closets and garages, perhaps we have too many rather useless things that last forever? Flowers make us smile.
Flowers invite us to sit at the table, reflect, and really enjoy our food, friends, and family. What's more calming than pausing to smell a rose on the night stand, or catching the fragrance of honeysuckle on your evening walk?
What girl doesn't feel more beautiful with a flower in her hair or more feminine with a corsage? What man doesn't appreciate a simple way to express his feelings without words? When flowers are grown by sustainable farms, lovingly cared for, thoughtfully chosen, artfully designed, and responsibly composted, they connect us to the earth, the changing seasons in the cycles of life, and the really special moments and people in our lives. They bless the bees and butterflies. They become a beautiful complement to the joy of "green" living.
We devour fair trade chocolate, get drunk on local brews, savor carefully chosen organic produce, and frequent neighborhood restaurants. We make love, visit fairs, enjoy concerts, play with children, watch fireworks, take bubble baths, and walk our dogs. So perhaps all good things must end, but that certainly doesn't make them any less good. Maybe that's why God invented photographers... After all, I still have the photo of the dandelion crown my Aunt Margie made for me when I was four years old, as I ran around her farm in Vermont with the golden retrievers eating the apples that fell from her trees.
Nor have I forgotten that the very first man to ever bring me Valentine's roses was my daddy in 7th grade. My very favorite photo of my daughter is her sitting in a field of blue bonnets. What would wedding or prom photos be like without flowers? And each time I see a certain flower I am reminded of my mother in law, because her memory lives on in every lily and poinsettia that crosses my path.
Maybe "flowers are forever".