flowers for your weekend

by Sharon Santoni



spring flowers lying on tableA few flowers for your weekend.   We are living through strange times right now, and as usual it seems that the best that each of us can do is to be kind, be careful and watch over those we love.

Here, faced with this virus we are simply trying to be attentive, and respectful, and to live normally.   We’re also shopping normally, to support our local suppliers.  The last thing we all need at this point is a huge economic crisis.

I will never get political on this blog, just not who I am.  And I certainly don’t have any words of advice or solution, but to bring you some solace and a touch of pretty for your weekend,  here is a bouquet of Spring blooms.

To make the bouquet

I shopped at my local florist (it’s so important to keep supporting local businesses guys!), and came home with these beautiful roses, ammi majus, tulips and ranunculus.  I added a few hellebore from the garden, and some Prunus blossom for the taller branches.

I used a tall iron urn, with a little chicken wire inside to support the stems, and built up the arrangement little by little, keeping my ideal finished look in mind.

And the flowers lying on the table?  Yes, I know, that does not work in real life, but hey this is a photoshoot and it’s all about smoke and mirrors, and whatever looks pretty for the lens.

Take care over the weekend.   Wash your hands over and over, take the time to think positively about all the beauty in our world, and how much more we can do to take care of our planet.  We can all get through this and emerge stronger and more mindful on the other side.

And if you love the romance and beauty of flowers, you may like to know that our May edition of My Stylish French Box, is all about just that; the Romance of Flowers!    We’re taking orders now, and delivery will be in May.


Mary Stawarz March 13, 2020 - 10:09 am

Flowers… the beauty of the earth. We could ask our dear Lord to deliver us from coronavirus. Take good care.

ramona March 13, 2020 - 10:26 am

Thank you for sharing this beauty amidst the chaos! We have had our first cases here in South Africa and the panic is starting to set in…lovely to see something beautiful to put your heat ad mind at ease.

Ellen M Forbus March 13, 2020 - 11:10 am

These are so beautiful it seems as if I can catch a slight whiff of their heavenly fragrance. I work in the financial services sector so panic has a firm grip, but today, these flowers will be on my mind to help me remember that the earth has an abundance of beauty and will always be there, day after day, for those of us who appreciate it.

Terri Arbutina March 13, 2020 - 1:49 pm

These flowers are so beautiful! I love the white and light pink roses and try to grow them in my garden. The first year, they are always so beautiful, but then something happens, and they revert back to an ugly red. Not sure why they do this? Any ideas???

Linda Osborne March 13, 2020 - 3:03 pm

Thank you

Maggie Begley March 13, 2020 - 3:04 pm

As usual, your observations are so thoughtful and helpful. The beauty of nature can be such a solace…and the simple act of daily kindness is the best way to ward off depression and fear…or at least that has been my experience. Thanks so much for pointing us all towards beauty and taking care of our community by supporting local businesses financially.

darby callahan March 13, 2020 - 3:08 pm

thank you for these words.

Mary March 13, 2020 - 3:10 pm

These beautiful images are a reminder of God’s goodness and grace – thank you for this reminder to look for the beauty in this world we are privileged to live in…

Christy March 13, 2020 - 3:12 pm

Thank you for putting this smile on my face!

Margo March 13, 2020 - 3:16 pm

It’s a relief and pleasure to read your kind words and look at your calming floral bouquets. We are so lucky to have people like you that provide us with such beauty to occupy our minds.

Gina March 13, 2020 - 3:39 pm

Especially beautiful. The color combination is absolutely stunning.

Kameela March 13, 2020 - 11:00 pm

A beautiful floral display and kind words. Just what is needed now

Deborah March 13, 2020 - 3:48 pm

Your flowers and words are the perfect things see right now! My daughter and I just had to postpone our April trip to Paris. I will continue to enjoy all MFCH until we get to experience all the beautiful things we planned on doing many inspired by you !

candace ford March 13, 2020 - 4:13 pm

All any of us can ever do is our best, at being good to the Earth, at being friends, at being parents. The rest is just what it is!

Kate Dickerson March 13, 2020 - 4:28 pm

How uplifting, especially after the week we’ve all had! So many thanks, Sharon!! I can’t wait to look through your newest magazine this weekend, too. : )

Kathleen Westman March 13, 2020 - 5:23 pm

With the sky falling here in USA, lovin the flower post! Bring on more!

Vicky from Athens March 13, 2020 - 5:24 pm

So lovely! I can almost smell the blossoms. Nature’s beauty never lets us down.
Thank you sharing.

Cathy March 13, 2020 - 5:28 pm

From over the sea …thank you for such inspiration through pure simplistic beauty in sharing your world. Blessings & safety to you also! – Historic Petersburg, VA

Lisa D. March 13, 2020 - 5:32 pm

Just beautiful, as all of your posts are, Sharon. I read the article about you in the March/April issue of Flower Magazine, which is published here in the US. (I’m not sure if Flower is published in other countries.) So wonderful to read about your odyssey from England to France, and your vision of bringing your 200 year old manor back to life. Your home is just so beautiful – I wish I had done what you did 30 years ago! Thank you for sharing.

Sharon Santoni March 15, 2020 - 1:05 pm

Thank you Lisa for your very generous comment. The shoot for flower magazine was great fun. I loved working with the photographer Kindra Clineff, and when I heard that it was accepted for Flower mag I was over the moon, such a wonderful magazine 🙂


Shari March 13, 2020 - 5:54 pm


Colleen Taylor March 13, 2020 - 6:05 pm

Absolutely beautiful Sharon & just what we need right now. X

Wendi Yates March 13, 2020 - 6:06 pm

Thank you for the shout-out about the effect this is having on small business owners…and I am one. Because I am a small business owner, I do not qualify for Employment Insurance here in Canada or any other support available here in Canada. This has an immediate and direct affect on my ability to survive. People have lost all perspective and like you have stated, a high degree of personal hygiene and being conscious of avoiding direct contact with the general public is the prudent and responsible way to behave under the circumstances. But please remember that your small businesses in your community are doing everything to ensure the public’s safety when they come to support us. Thank you again Sharon!

Cindy Stierhoff March 13, 2020 - 6:32 pm

Flowers are the grace of God, put on this earth by hands of angels, like you Sharon. We all need this
kind of beauty, it brings us comfort,

Erika Marshall March 13, 2020 - 6:53 pm

Many thanks Sharon, to you and Molly and your entire team! We all need inspiration and lightness more than ever–and the work you do is so important. Is it too early to sign up for the Normandy 2021 Tour?? After all the ‘social distancing’ and travel bans this year, I’ll be so ready to go back for another tour and support YOUR local businesses! Best wishes from Charleston.

Sharon Santoni March 15, 2020 - 1:02 pm

Hi Erika, thank you for your comment, we will start pulling those dates together and get back to you! You are so right, it will be great to have something good to look forward to. In the meantime I am using this quieter time to get to all those tasks that I normally manage to avoid 🙂
Virtual hugs from Normandy

Dawn Johnson March 13, 2020 - 8:24 pm

Lovely post Sharon thank you for this, there is a comfort in knowing that around the world we are all experiencing this together. I agree that we should do our best to support our local small businesses in the safest ways possible and use common sense by doing what we can to slow the spread while going on with our lives.

Ruth Bennetts March 13, 2020 - 9:52 pm

Thank you Sharon beautiful flowers . From the surf coast Victoria Australia

Randi March 13, 2020 - 10:06 pm

Per Lisa’s comment, here’s the link to Sharon’s story in Flower Magazine:

Holly March 13, 2020 - 10:59 pm

Merci beaucoup! La nature est un cadeau incroyable qui nous aide a ancrer nos pensées et nos emotions….magnifique!!!

De Cape Cod

Jerry March 14, 2020 - 12:23 am

Sharon what a lovely message , I m from Washington State n it been hit really hard with the Coronavirus, so your message hit home. My bd flower is daffodils n I have em plus white roses .
Jerry West Sanders

Judy March 14, 2020 - 5:28 am

Thank you, Sharon, for the beautiful flower arrangement! Just this afternoon I re read Paris in Bloom by Georgeanna Lane while sipping on a nice cup of tea. It was like a breath of fresh air amidst all the uncertainty of the virus situation.

Marianne C. Whitman March 14, 2020 - 6:28 am

Sharon, thank you so much for the pictures of those very beautiful flowers. They were a joy to see and appreciate and brought some peace of mind for a little while from this terrible illness racing throughout our countries and harming so many people and scaring us all. I so appreciated the glowers. Spring is coming my way here in Staten Island, N.Y., early, which is wonderful. JustbhopecIncan getboutbinto my garden that needs so much work . All my grandma’s hydrangeas that she gave to me back around 1971 survived, are starting to leaf out some, and with no frost expected, zincan trim them not without worry and fertilize soon and then wait for their beauty to appear, while I always look up towards…Heaven asking my grandma if she can see how beautiful they are and what care I take of them. I try at least. They have made 3 new baby shrubs over the years, now a good size even if only few years old, and the other day I saw another one rooting. Made me smile . I underwent an aortic aneurysm heart surgery emergency two years ago, and am just starting to feel bit stronger and praying to get in the gardens and work again. I will be slow, but also joyous . I almost died as was very sick but had no idea whatvwascgoingbon inside of me. Happy gardening to all.

Kay March 14, 2020 - 9:41 am

Thank you for a very caring port Sharon. There is nothing like flowers to lift our spirits.

Elize March 14, 2020 - 1:15 pm

These flowers are amongst my favourite blooms, and the perfect colours as well. Such a beautiful presentation in a gorgeous vase! Walking in a room with this arrangement will make me feel welcome any time. You can tell when there is love in a home. A lovely weekend news note 🙂 Take care.

Virginia Kinzer March 14, 2020 - 1:45 pm

Flowers For Your Weekend! What a lovely, lovely post. We all needed that. The world is anxious, tentative, groping through a worldwide pandemic. MFCH has gifted us with the world’s beauty in contrast with the world’s ugliness. Every photo brought me joy. Thank you Sharon and MFCH. ❤️

LE SOUDER Claudine March 14, 2020 - 6:34 pm

Photos magnifiques et message émouvant !! Merci Sharon pour ce moment de réconfort et de romantisme !!

Anne March 14, 2020 - 8:52 pm

Thank you for the lovely flowers and post, Sharon.
My sister , who lives in France, has had to cancel her plans to come over to the UK for Easter , so I won’t see her just yet, but hope that once all this is over , she will come .
Thinking of everyone who is being affected by all the changes taking place in the world, and so grateful for your positive blogs and beautiful photography .

With best wishes from the UK

June March 15, 2020 - 10:56 pm

Dear Sharon,

Thank you for bringing flowers and beautiful thoughts into our lives
When we so need them. June Emmert


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