31 Random Facts About Me #14

Random Fact #14: My favorite flowers are Hydrangeas and Gardenias, in that order.

We have a huge gardenia bush in our back yard, and I have posted pics of them on here before. They just smell sooo good. I wait every spring for them to bloom, and when  they do bloom, you can smell them all the way on the other side of the house.

I fell in love with hydrangeas when Mom and I went on our trip up to Nantucket, Massachusetts, with my Abuelita, during the summer of 2013. They come in so many different colors, depending on the acidity of the soil they are planted in. I particularly love the blue ones.

I plan on using both of these beautiful flowers in my wedding, someday. I just haven’t decided yet though. I know that I will have Hydrangeas in my bridal bouquet, but the gardenias, I haven’t decided how I’m going to work those in yet 🙂

The Human Cost of Your Mother’s Day Flowers | VICE | United States

Lorena never wanted to work in the cut-flower industry. But when she gave birth to the first of two daughters at the age of 19, she understood she needed the money. In the region of Colombia where Lorena has spent her entire life known as the Bogotá Savanna—cut flowers are king. “There’s no other work, no other industry here,” she told me when I visited her this spring. As a single mother, Lorena had few alternatives but to enter the vast farms and factories, where she cut, trimmed, and arranged carnations, alstroemerias, and roses for export to flower-hungry US consumers. . . . .  Continue reading