Have you seen a lonely looking bunch of flowers sat in a jar on a bench, at a bus stop or outside a shop? It could have been a lonely bouquet – a bunch of home grown flowers left to be found and taken home. Sunday 30th June is (inter)National Lonely Bouquet day – a day when gardeners, florists and flower growers can spread lots of flowery happiness using small bunches of flowers. It’s one of those ideas that are simple but brilliant (simply brilliant?), so good in fact that many people haven’t waited until the day itself. There have been lonely bouquets left in towns and cities all over the world already. You can see just where from the map here, or check out some photos of the flowers on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheLonelyBouquet) or Twitter (#lonelybouquet).
My own contribution to (inter)National Lonely Bouquet day was left at the entrance to the museum gardens in York earlier today. We were on our way to visit some friends and left the jar of flowers, together with a ‘Lonely Bouquet’ label as we passed. The children especially liked the idea and insisted on checking on progress as we walked back… they were very pleased to find that the flowers had gone.
If you’d like to join in with the Lonely Bouquet movement, it’s very easy. All you need to do is cut a bunch of flowers from your garden and arrange them in an old jam jar. Then attach a ‘lonely bouquet’ label and leave the jar in a public place.
Wouldn’t you just love to find a beautiful bouquet of freshly picked flowers looking for a home?