fresh finds: bog rosemary, ranunculus, eucalyptus, and stock

One of the best ways to start my Monday, and one of my biggest indulgances, is fresh flowers.  Fragrant, beautiful blooms throughout my home make me feel relaxed, put-together, and ready for my week!

Every other Sunday I buy fresh flowers for my house.  I like to strike a balance between an arrangement that is not too expected for the time of year, but not too out of place either.

This week at my local Trader Joe’s, they had a wide variety of different things that caught my eye.  I was looking for something that had deep color, but was also seasonally appropriate for early March.  I settled on some 1. bog rosemary, 2. ranunculus, 3. eucalyptus, 4. stock, and 5. young prairie willow branches

Ranunculus is one of my favorites.  I love the romantic and easy way the stems curve and twist, with a vibrant, multi-hue blossom popped right on top and rows upon rows of crepe-like petals.  I like it so much that whenever it’s available I will usually get it, but be careful – since it’s not leafy and the twisting stems go every which way, it seems to fall over in a vase haphazardly if you don’t give it some support with other flowers.

*fresh fact!  Ranunculus is actually the broader, genus name for the buttercup variety. All buttercups fall under this term.  The commonly known ranunculus pictured above is actually the Persian buttercup variety ranunculus asiaticus.

Stock is a late winter/early spring flower.  It is super fragrant, so if you have allergies, you might want to steer clear of this one.  Its the purple flower in the arrangements.  It is on a tall stalk with the blooms clustered at the top, which makes it a blessing for the arrangement impaired. It also comes in a wide variety of colors, which is great.

The bog rosemary has tiny little pink blooms with feathery leaves and a woody stem.  These are one of my favorite fillers because they are so delicate and pretty, not leafy and bulky.

I’m sure you’re familiar with eucalyptus.  I think the eucalyptus bridges a nice gap between the winter and the spring, not only with the frosted wintergreen hue, but also with the deep clean fragrance. the bulky leaves are good filler with the ranunculus, and sticking up out of the arrangement in spikes gives height variation.

Lastly, you can see the young green prairie willow twigs stuck in for added texture and depth.

All of these flowers for three different vases cost around $18.00 when three professionally arranged bouquets would easily cost close to $200!  Buying individual varieties saves a ton of money over their pre-arranged counterparts – and you can arrange them at home!  I suggest putting one in the kitchen, which you and others will see upon walking into the house. One arrangement in a living space (living room, bedroom, office) and one in the bathroom.  Flowers in the bathroom make unexpected visitors feel like a welcomed guest whose arrival you’ve been planning.

Do you like these varieties I chose? Where do you like to place fresh flowers in your house for the biggest impact?

Happy Monday!

p.s.  I did secure the pieces of furniture for the dip dye project that I was going to do this weekend, but I didn’t get a chance to actually do the painting… don’t think I forgot about it!  I’ll post pictures as soon as I finish!

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