Who do you think is magic?
In the last few years, I've got a bit silly about flowers. It was just a hobby that gradually turned into a bit of an obsession. I turned the flat upside down most weekends mucking about with bundles and bundles of flowers. Wielding scissors; preparing, arranging, playing. Foraging like a mad woman on bike paths and any green spaces.
Friends started asking me to make up hand tied bunches, flower garlands, wedding flowers, and more. It's mega to know something I love to do, is being passed onto other people, and bringing them joy too.
I love living in London but I wanted to make this city a bit smaller. Initially, when I was making hand tied bunches as a hobby, I’d find I’d made enough to give to strangers too. I’d leave these flowers in places and spaces around London for people to discover. Like a flower ninja. I still try and do this now, if I ever have left-over flowers. With the flowers, I leave a note explaining that I want that person to feel valued and extraordinary. Just a little reminder. I also leave a stamped envelope with my address on, asking that they write back to me to tell me all about someone they think is magic. You can find their postcards on my Instagram, like little windows into other people’s lives. Each story carries so much meaning.
So it begins... Flower power, pass it on. In this beautiful, busy world where nothing ever stops, you can feel very small. I want to remind people there's good stuff in the world, and good people too. Flowers always remind me of that.
So who do you love? Just pick up the phone, or wrap your arms around them if they're close by. If they're far away, write them a letter or send them a bunch of flowers.
When I got my first postcard back in the mail, I was surprised and so chuffed. A couple had found a bunch of my flowers at a bus stop near Old Street. It turns out it was their first wedding anniversary. On the day of their wedding, they'd got up at 4am to go the very same flower market that I go to, to source their flowers for their wedding day. So you see, the world is not so vast after all.
I hope we can make magic together soon,