Paris flower market
As a Lazy Woman I encourage any behavior or purchase that diminishes stress and increases joy. Purchases of beautiful things that save money, therefore, make me extremely happy.
Since I lived in Paris my junior year abroad, I have been addicted to having fresh flowers in my house. In Paris, not unlike New York City, you run into fresh flowers every few blocks. So, you will never make a visit to this Lazy Woman’s home and not find fresh flowers in most rooms, if not every room.
Being a Lazy Woman, I also like one-stop shopping. Hence my supreme addiction to Trader Joe’s, which of course always has a brilliant array of freshly cut and potted flowers.
In the summer months, though, the quandary is how to make them last. No matter how cool I keep the house with air conditioning, the hot sun coming in the windows definitely shortens the life span of flowers. I was making Trader Joe’s runs for flowers every three or four days this May and June.
It wasn’t until I moved at the end of July and made a quick run to the Mecca of Joe that I grabbed a few orchids to offset the piles of brown boxes.
I never thought much of orchids before then. I get such bliss from fresh cut ranunculus, delphinium, tulips, and peonies, I thought orchids looked like snooty, distant, over-bred cousins.
Soon my love for them grew. I found myself sitting with a cup of tea and just staring at their simple elegance. I fell even more deeply in love when I discovered that they last months! The last petal fell off the orchids I bought the day I moved into my new house at the end of July. Oh, joy!
Saving money is Lazy. Getting major bang for your buck is even Lazier. And, anything that gives you a precious moment of pure bliss is the Laziest of all.
I now have eight orchids around and about the house, all in different kinds of vessels, to obscure the fact that I am an addict. I also still have a few fresh bouquets, but I am definitely not spending as much as I used to on flowers, and orchids are far less labor intensive — no changing water, trimming, etc. I just water once a week.
I have orchid food but I don’t think I’m going to get into the whole drama of trying to make them bloom again. I’m taking the plants, post bloom and adding them to a big pot out on the patio, so it’s a great big green arrangement. I’ll give them some orchid food, but I’m not going to get too attached. I thank them for their generosity and encourage them to be happy on the lovely hummingbird-filled back yard.
Gratitude is also Lazy. Thank you, dear orchids, for saving me time and money, and for generously showering me with Lazy loveliness. I’m sorry I thought you were snobs for so long. Now, I know you are just like the rest of the flower kingdom: born to bring us joy until you breathe your last breath of life.