Inspiration: Fresh Flowers

“Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day — like writing a poem or saying a prayer.”
-Anne Morrow Lindbergh

My husband Derrick surprised me with flowers for our anniversary and, as always, I loved what he put together. This crazy combination of lilies, fat orange roses and candy-colored mums is the perfect counterpoint to all the serious fall colors in stores and in nature.

Derrick is freakishly good at giving flowers. He doesn’t care what “goes together” — he just trusts his instincts. His decisions are mostly driven by three thoughts – “That looks cool”, “I’ve never seen that before” and “Why not?”

My favorite local florist – and frequent Derrick collaborator – is Kimberly Hess from Prairie Petals. She didn’t start out with any formal training, just a strong artistic sensibility and a love of gardening.

When someone showed her the “right” way to arrange flowers, she took one look at it and decided she liked her way better. She’s made a successful business out of breaking the rules and she hasn’t slowed down since.

So break some rules. Trust your instincts. And surround yourself with things that make you smile.


Alicia Underlee Nelson

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