Fresh Flowers: Harder than I Thought!

Liveblogging The Kitchn Cure Fall 2013

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Day 8 Task: Bring fresh flowers or a plant into the kitchen

I love fresh flowers. Many Saturdays, I pick them up at Soda City, our all-local farmers' market here in Columbia. Donna is my favorite flower vendor, and if I miss her on Saturday, I can get my fix from a couple of local markets who stock her beautiful arrangements. But Wednesday turned out to be the toughest day to get a fresh bunch!

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You see, Donna of Floral & Hardy Farm delivers downtown on Thursdays, so the lone bunch I found at the market was nearly a week old. I could have gone to the big fancy-mart and found something perkier, with far less personality, but I care about buying local and I love Donna's style! And it seems fair: When I buy her bouquets on the first day, they last the whole week, often blooming and transforming into something new after a few days in a vase.

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My sister-in-law Virginia taught me about the importance of fresh flowers years ago. They change the feeling of a room. I can't keep house plants alive (no, really, not even a philodendron), but I can drop some flowers in a vase and enjoy them. Even a single bud brightens my day without emptying my wallet.

I always feel like my space has to be clean before I deserve flowers, but this task made me think. What if I get the flowers first and clean up the kitchen to match? Hmmm...

Was this new for you? Do get your kitchen ready for flowers or do you clean to live up to the flowers' beauty?

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