Like most every other gardener, in order to afford the fortune that I pour into the garden, I have a real job. It is a good job with a nice office window and interesting colleagues. But what really makes it habitable for more than 40 hours a week is flowers.
My goal is to bring in a flower arrangement from the garden two times per month. Last week I brought in one of my gorgeous tree peonies. This week, an over the top mixed arrangement of sage, hostas, lily of the valley, alliums, chive flowers and anemones. I have long brought flowers into the house for bedside and table centerpieces, but frankly I spend most of my awake time in my office anyway, so it is the perfect place for them.
It makes me feel very professional to have a flower arrangement in my office- I once worked for a tremendously wealthy man who was very frugal in many ways- but not with flowers. He had flower arrangements in his office every week- every week all the staff would peer in the office to see what the florist would deliver. The great thing about flowers is that we don’t have to be rich to enjoy them– three tulips from the garden in a vase is the perfect antidote to a week wading through a 287 page economist’s report.
It is amazing how much flowers lift our spirits- like a baby or a puppy in the office, something that is completely natural and completely different than the grey filing cabinets and industrial carpet that we are used to seeing; it’s a real morale booster. And something great to look at for those 2 hour long conference calls.