Friday, June 15, 2007

Flower Can Friday

Flowers are happy things.
-P. G. Wodehouse

It's flower can Friday... the reason I carefully wash, dry, and save tin cans in January. I love flower can Friday.

It began ... um... last year, was it? I had dozens of broad-faced zinnias and spindly, fragrant rosemary and, living alone, I always feel guilty for keeping it to myself. Seems like flowers shouldn't be a private-viewing-only type of display, you know?

So out came a few tin cans and in went bunches of pillowy, unfurled flowers. While I adore arranging flowers and could spend an hour on one bouquet, these arrangements are colorful mismashes. Wild. They mimic a June garden-stroll caught in the hand. It's summer in a can.

On Fridays, I usually begin dropping them by a home or two just to say "I hope you're feeling better" or "Thanks for being you". There's something about leaving a small trail of flower cans behind that gives me new hope for the day. That makes me more thankful for my small world of blessings.

I wished you lived near. If you did, you'd undoubtedly have a flower can waiting for you this evening. And the tag... it would probably read: "Thanks for sharing your time with me. I hope you know how much it means."

Happy June weekend. -Brin


Anonymous said...

Thank you Brin..I do feel like I got a gift of flowers in a can just by looking at those gorgeous "old time favorites". I see you take the labels off..sometimes I leave them on and that is a unique look too!
Have a great weekend, we have a wedding and a BBQ to go to.

Anonymous said...

What a lovely idea, so often the simple gifts are the most heartfelt.

It's a Mom Thing said...

That is beautiful! I would love to be the recipient of a flower can! I'm sure you're blessing the socks off those folks.

I would love to see more pics of your garden. How many types of flowers/plants to you grow?

Anonymous said...

That is really such a beautiful idea! I will have to borrow it.


~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

Love this!

Brigitta said...

I sooo love these Zinnia's they're so colourful! I'm gonna take some lavendersprigs to my grandma this afternoon. She 88 and was hospitalized on thursday, it's nothing serious, but they're so fragile at that age.
Have a nice weekend.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful tradition. YES, I wish I lived closer.....

ancient one said...

Thanks Brin! I love my flower can. You are so thoughtful. Neat idea!!

Unknown said...

Leave it to you to come up with such a simple yet lovely idea and gift, if only I lived closer, what a sight they must be! I think I'll borrow this idea too, let's start a flower can drive to see just how many we can leave around! What lucky neighbors you have!! Your so sweet! Have a blessed weekend, I know you will!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

That's such a thoughtful thing to do for your friends, Brin. Wish I lived near, so I could get a tin can full of flowers too.

Happy weekend!


Alison said...

Who said something about "simple is best"
Mother nature did all the work and your vase of flowers has turned out beautiful.

Little Penpen said...

Brin, you are so sweet! What a great idea.

smilnsigh said...

This is such a precious thought, and precious entry.


kattz*cottage said...

Hi Brin!
What a lovely idea! You've for sure inspired me to start saving cans! I will take one to my mom & dad for my Friday morning visit to town! I love zinnias too & along with the little note that's such a sweet gift!
Have a great week!