Sometimes It’s The Simple Things


“I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds around my neck.”
-Emma Goldman

Well said, Ms. Goldman. Don’t get me wrong. I have a great appreciation for quality gem stones, and The Complete Package has picked out some good ones. But I also would have fresh flowers in every room of my home every day of the year if I could. If I had to pick one – flowers every day or diamonds, I think I might be tempted to lean towards the flowers. I hope TCP doesn’t read this. Oh, well…he knows I have pretty simple taste. I’m not the flashy type. Something about the beauty and fragrance of flowers gets to me. Like our mountain laurels in bloom, or the plumeria we bought in Hawaii, or a grape hyacinth in the spring or honeysuckle in late summer. So tell me…are you a flowers person, or a diamonds person? PS – I’m not giving any diamonds back. Just so we’re clear.

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16 responses to “Sometimes It’s The Simple Things

  1. Definitely a diamond girl! Flowers are pretty but I pretty much kill any type of flower, plant, or vegetable ever given to me or grown. Gardening and flowers are NOT my thing. I wish, but not so much to try it anymore. I do like to go and admire their beauty. We go to Callaway Gardens in Georgia a couple times a year. They make it look so easy out there!

    • Hahaha. I don’t have a green thumb, either. Mine is more of a pale lime. I can grow things that are drought resistant, love heat & humidity, and need very little attention. That’s about it. But I’m lucky enough to live in a city with great flower markets (near downtown) and we have a few “bloomers” in the yard to keep me happy.

  2. Amy

    Definitely flowers! I would have big, colorful daisies in all sizes and shapes in every room. Daisies and those pom-pom looking dahlias. Can’t imagine anything more happy than that!

    • I love Gerber daisies and dahlias, too. And ranunculas. But my favorite flower is peonies. That’s why I’m so in love with the flower stalls at Pike Street Market in Seattle. They grow all my favorites up there.

  3. Oh man, that’s a tough one. I adore flowers! You wanna hear something pathetic? I rarely cut flowers from my garden b/c I don’t want to watch them die. (It’s at this point that J.D. would suggest I run outside and give one of our trees a big hug.) He’s not a flower-buying kind of guy and I have to say…I do like diamonds. And my birthstone is Blue Sapphire so I’m hoping one of these years I’ll get a diamond/sapphire combo! :)

    • I love that you’re a tree hugger. I am, too. TCP is not a regular flower buyer, either, but he does surprise me from time to time. And if we’re anywhere near the flower markets near downtown Houston, he always stops in so I can pick up a big bouquet of flowers for the house. He knows how much I love them. If we’re picking colored gemstones, I choose emeralds. I’m just wild about that shade of green. It’s my favorite. But I will also admit to oggleing the deep pink diamonds I once saw on a PBS special. Holy cow, those were gorgeous!

  4. Oh baby, this Ozark Farm Chick takes the flower thing a whole level higher right into an illness!!! I’ve lovingly named my illness OCFD (Obsessive Compulsive Flower Disorder). Yep, Farm Boy has enlarged my yard now three times to accommodating my growin’ flower gardens. One of which just happens to be a rose garden. I have 38 of the beauties.

    I hopped over from PW’s place and am so happy I did. I got to enjoy your beautiful rose. Mine are still dormant!!!

    From the happy hills and hollers of the sunny Missouri Ponderosa, ya’ll have a wonderfully blessed day!!! :o)

    • Hey, Nezzy! I know you from your comments on PW’s site. I’m an avid reader, too. I just planted two knock-out roses bushes, and we’re thrilled that they’re already covered in blooms. As you can see from the photo, they’re a lovely, vibrant pink. I envy your yard full or roses. I’ll bet it’s gorgeous when it’s in full bloom. We’re lucky enough to have temps in the low 80’s in Houston, so everything is blooming. But I grew up in Fort Smith, Arkansas and played in the Ozarks around Eureka Springs often. I love the hills and rivers of southern Missouri. There’s a lot of great tubin’ around there! Thanks for dropping in, Nezzy. I hope you’ll come back again. You’re always welcome.

  5. Boy, that is a tough one. I love a vibrant burst of color that flowers bring to a room, but I have an awfully hard time keeping them alive. And being that I live in the woods with sandy soil, and little natural light, I haven’t had much success growing them in the yard. But a diamond? That I can’t kill. I love sparklies, but if forced to choose, I’d probably have to go with flowers. Maybe with an amethyst & diamond bracelet around them?

    • Sounds good to me. There’s no rule that says you can’t love both! A perfect, sparkly diamond is hard to beat. And as the commercial says, diamonds are forever. I’m a sucker for marketing, and that’s exactly what they’re counting on. Bah. Baaaaah. I’m such a sheep.

  6. cindy

    Wow, that’s a tough question. I think there’s nothing prettier that a flowerbed full of irises and my knockout roses are just kickin in but I’m a fool for a diamond. I think I’ll stick with “straight up the middle” on that one.

    • Oooo…I love irises. I had a whole bed of them at our old house in Owasso, Oklahoma (100 years ago). There’s no shame in taking the middle ground, Cindy. Sometimes the best view of 2 different things is from the top of the fence!

  7. Kathy Novack

    i’m a flowers girl too!

  8. Armi Strickland

    I’m a flower person myself and I love gardenias and gingers. It so fragrant!

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