While I'm most definitely a plant person, occasionally I treat myself to some flowers too. I think plants add life and interest to a space while flowers I think are just...pretty. And sometimes there's nothing wrong with "just pretty." When I do buy flowers, these are what I tend to go for:
There's a reason everyone loves peonies. The large blooms, with their delicate petals, remind me of tissue paper and the fragrant smell is intoxicating in the best way. A simple bouquet is beautiful and a real treat but equally pretty (and a totally cost efficient way to enjoy these beauties) is a single large bloom in a simple glass vase with some water.
Another one with an incredibly large head made up of tons of small petals that makes for such an interesting effect - kinda like a honeycomb! The repetitive pattern makes it really something special. Dahlias also look equally beautiful in a simple bouquet or as a single stem in water. A total statement.
It was a very happy accident that I discovered these. I saw them in a local floral shop and fell for the small green petals and wildness of the branches. The shopkeeper told me what it was and I remembered all I had read about them. Incredibly affordable (a decent sized bunch can cost less than $5) I display it simply in a simple cylinder shaped vase with a bit of water and let the branches drop every which way to make a wild subtle statement. I also tie a small bunch around my shower head with a piece of twine - the steam from the shower causes the eucalyptus to occasionally release a subtle but noticeable smell.
+Split Leaf Philodendron
Not really a flower but since it doesn't require dirt I've included it. With these I say the bigger, the better. You really only need 1-3 stems in a vase with some water for a simple statement.
Carnations tend to get a bad rap and are seen as cheap-y flowers. I, however, think a bunch or two (with carnations there is power in numbers!) of a single colour make a really pretty, inexpensive, bouquet.
For the past few years I've mostly avoided orchids as I found them kind of...cliche, overused, and a bit "pretentious." But I recently picked one up on sale and almost 3 months later it's still going strong with 10 beautiful flower heads. I tend to buy these when only one or two blooms are open so that I can enjoy it longer as each new bloom opens up. Because, to me, an orchid reads so "fancy" I tend to display it in settings that aren't too done. Like by my kitchen sink, which perpetually has dishes in it.
What are some of your favourite flowers?