Give me a daisy a day, dear ...

I'll give you a daisy a day, dear
I'll give you a daisy a day
I'll love you until the rivers run still
And the four winds we know blow away.

Flowers are a total mood booster. One of my favourite bloggers, Beth over at Baby Mac, constantly reminds us of the healing, brightening powers of bringing fresh flowers into our space. 

It's such a simple, relatively low-cost idea, but it's one I often forget. From now on though, I plan to stop at the blooming displays in my local grocer and buy myself a bunch (or three) once a week.

When it comes to flowers, I’m not fussy about type. (Tell my husband) I love roses, daisies, dahlias, tulips … they all work to make me feel brighter and more buoyant. But I have to say, I particularly adore those with heavy perfumes, like jonquils and jasmine. The more overbearing the better for me!

Over here in Utah, the beauty of nature is front and centre. The colours of fall (autumn) are breathtaking, and hiking, walking, and all forms of outdoor adventuring are really popular. 

Fall colours in the mountains of Utah

Fall colours in the mountains of Utah

As far as flowers go over here, they're in as great abundance as the Halloween pumpkins right now. In fact, the two are combined in these interesting little delights ... 

I’m also loving $5 bunches of alstroemeria (also known as Peruvian lily or lily of the Incas), a native of South America that you can get in Australia too. They don’t have any perfume, but they last for about two weeks if you look after them (for me that means remembering to put the little sachet of powder into the water). 

And I don't know what these are called, but they're a little ray of sunshine ...

And I don't know what these are called, but they're a little ray of sunshine ...

When it comes to being kinder to ourselves, flowers can truly help. When I have flowers around, I feel lush, indulgent, organized and quite fancy all at the same time. I am saying to myself I care enough about myself and my home and office to take the time to make it beautiful. And that's being kind to myself.

I always smile when I walk past the flowers in my home. And isn’t that just priceless?

I think, too, flowers bring us closer to nature, and nature is so soothing and healing for the soul.

Of course, a walk past someone else's gorgeous garden can lift your spirits just as much as a vase of flowers. And a simple pot plant can do the trick just nicely too. I’m loving having a little cactus in a nice terracotta pot on my back deck right now. It’s bringing the same magic as the flowers.

So, if you can, go get yourself a bunch of flowers and see what they do for your day. I bet they make you feel kinder and calmer, brighter and more cheerful.

Do you buy yourself flowers? What’s your favourite flower right now?

Natalie Bartley