Gardening. Flowers. Creating. Designing.
I worked in the floral and garden industry for many years. I attended college for a short time, and my studies were all focused on horticulture. I loved spending my time in and around flowers. My favorite work to do was for funerals. Sounds weird, but I loved creating European gardens and other beautiful pieces that brought life and joy to a mostly joyless time. Meeting with the families, and learning about their recently deceased loved one, and helping put together something that represented their personality. I just loved that.
In addition to arranging, I also loved spending time in the garden center. Mundane tasks like dead-heading plants, watering numerous pots, learning about the kind of environment each plant liked best, or nursing a lifeless plant back to life. I am a social person and love being around people, but being out there, alone, and left only to my thoughts was what recharged my batteries.
I am sure it comes as no surprise that I've completely fallen in love with my yard since we bought our house. My yard as a whole is no where near where I want it to be, but it's coming together slowly, and I am really proud of the work I've put into it. It's my baby.
Here are a few pictures of some of the work I've done.
(Arrangement I made from my nanny family's yard)