There's nothing like having flowers around the house to cheer you up. I love this time of year when the daffodils, tulips and hyacinths are in the shops, though I must admit that I haven't treated myself to any daffodils or hyacinths yet this year. I bought some daffodils last week for my mum when I saw them outside a local greengrocers, not the brilliant greengrocers I usually frequent I hasten to add. They've been rubbish, most of them have remained in bud and those which have opened out are all spindly and look half dead. I won't buy them from there again but I'll buy her some more when I go shopping to make up for them.
On Saturday, we decided to have a look around Aldi. We don't have one very close to us so it's not somewhere we usually go but after hearing so many good things about the bargains people get from there, we decided to give it a go. I wasn't very impressed to be honest, I certainly couldn't do a full shop there and the prices weren't as low as I'd been expecting. I got a few things though and these beautiful tulips happened to fall in to the trolley. Aren't they beautiful. They've definitely been cheering me up whilst it's been wild and windy outdoors. I'm so pleased that I was told about the trick of sticking a pin through the stem right below the flower to keep them standing tall, my tulips never flop any more.
I don't have many house plants, in fact, the only things I have are phaleanopsis orchids or moth orchids. This is one which a friend bought me for Christmas two years ago. It was blooming when she bought me it, it flowered again at Christmas 2014 and it was putting on a show again this Christmas and it's still going strong.
It has beautiful pure white blooms.
I think I'll look out for some hyacinths when I go shopping, I've missed having their heady scent filling the house. Which flowers are your favourites to have around the house?