You know that for me, it’s all about antiques and how they add life to your home and garden. But just as powerful as a decorative element, are flowers. Today I’d like to share with you The Power of Flowers.



Flowers can completely change the entire atmosphere, the entire mood anywhere.




the power of flowers

They add color, texture, and delightful smells. They literally breathe life itself into your home or patio or porch, don’t they?







Pam, Mary, Shirley and I are so excited that you are joining us today! Be sure to visit them by clicking on the links I’ll add to the bottom of this post.




Monday Morning BLooms




Have you ever walked down the street after buying a fresh bouquet of flowers and noticed that there’s a spring in your step? The world looks brighter and happier, and most of the people that see you with your flowers will smile.




Fresh flowers in your home or garden add that same magic.  Flowers make us happy.




the power of flowers




Did you know that patients in hospital rooms with flowers need less pain medication, are less anxious and have lower blood pressure and pulse rates than patients in rooms without?




Researchers in Japan showed physiologically measurable beneficial effects from observing roses for as little as four minutes. Researchers in the Netherlands showed that people dining in restaurants with fresh flowers on their tables seemed to be in better moods, and have a better time.





antique French bottle holder with lavender




I’d rather eat a really economical meal one night a week {or even two!} than not have some kind of fresh flowers here at FrenchGardenHouse.  They can be from the garden, they can be store bought, or they can even not be flowers at all but a few branches or snips of bushes from the garden.




My fresh flowers can be a vase full, or even two twigs in a tiny glass bottle. As long as they are fresh, it doesn’t matter!   Luckily, in summer we have plenty of hydrangeas and lavenders that bloom in the back garden at FrenchGardenHouse. It’s been a really good hydrangea year!







The colors are spectacular! What I love most about the lavenders, besides their fragrance, is that bees love to visit them.  Bees are so important to our environment, and it makes me happy to hear the delightful buzzing of bees in the garden.








For this Monday Morning Blooms, I set a table outdoors because it’s just so beautiful in the garden in Southern California this month.  {I’ve also gotten even more fond of our outdoor spaces during our stay at home time, have you?}




Our little FrenchGardenHouse {shed} was a gift for one of my banner birthday years.  My John built it himself with the help of a few friends.  It was supposed to be an art studio for me, but right now, it’s our shipping department.  Our business name was inspired by it…it’s a sweet little house in the garden.





French garden house with hydrangeas





It sits partially under the giant gingko tree in the back of the garden.  It’s a shady spot in summer, which I take full advantage of when friends or family come for a visit.  The little French bistro table and chairs are a wonderful place to enjoy a little summer treat.




The bench around the gingko tree has a few pillows on the garden side, but the back is where some of our antique French watering cans rest when they are not being used.





the power of flowers

Blue French Enameled Coffee Pot




On the table, a vintage tablecloth with red summer strawberries sets the blue color scheme.  Along with lavender and hydrangeas from the garden, I bought a little bundle of lisianthus in purple. I had hoped for some kind of blue flower, but these purple beauties add a pretty deep color to the little bouquets.




The flowers are arranged in varying heights in a variety of glass bottles, then placed in an antique French bottle carrier with a painted blue handle. It’s a pretty casual summer arrangement, straight from the garden.




antique french enamelware blue


hydrangeas and lavender bouquets





Gorgeous cherries from the market are piled onto the antique ironstone compote, and petit fruit tarts are in another French blue and white pedestal server.




light blue hydrangeas in summer


the power of flowers




Small antique French plates with the prettiest light blue floral border join the party, along with antique silver plated dessert forks.





antique ironston




A smaller bouquet is just the right size to place next to the bouquets in the bottle holder.






the power of flowers




I hope you have enjoyed this floral therapy post.  Thank you so much for joining me today…









Please visit my floral inspirational friends:



Shirley at Housepitality Designs


Mary at HomeIsWhereTheBoatIs


Pam at Everyday Living


the power of flowers

and me, Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse






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