A eulogy for ranunculus

Any florist worth her salt could talk about dying flowers for days. We all pretty much do anyways, because flowers are at their most intoxicatingly potent a day after their prime. The painterly bend, the crinkle, the fade. Flower drunk- most of us girls have been there. It's almost to the point of trite to talk about the ephemeral beauty of these things but watching a flower open, then open more, then open so wide its petals have nowhere to go but backwards is basically everything.
I've developed a habit of buying non-work flowers for my apartment. Shoved willy-nilly in an old vase, no fussing with frogs or foam or even making proper arrangements. It feels almost embarrassingly decadent, even more so because I'm such a proponent of others having flowers in their homes.  Finally practicing what I preach? For the sake of genuine floral authenticity, my dedication knows no bounds.

34 comments:

  1. my favorite flower on my favorite blog.
    beautifully written, too.

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  2. i love that the petals must go backwards. sadly, i've never actually held one or met one, but have seen many in pictures, and have reserved a special place in my heart for ranunculus. do they smell as lovely as they look? thanks for sharing them so beautifully.

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  3. Not a lick of fragrance in em. Sad but true.

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  4. i buy em every week at my farmers market for pennies it seems. i just met my first girl who doesn't like ranuncs and i was shocked and kind of apalled! trying to convert her :)

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  5. Sigh, I wish ranunculus in New York were pennies! I think this bunch was $17?

    Never trust a girl who doesn't like them. Seriously.

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  6. i blogged about ranunculus just this morning!! i make it a habit to buy flowers weekly through our cold & snowy new england winters but usually settle for chrysanthemums until march, then switch to daffodils and tulips. the ranunculus were left over from a wedding - and i got them for $5!! i hope they last the week!

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  7. They give you everything they got until they can't give any more. Tragic love.

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  8. I love ranuncs, don't see them much here though! I think I would like to have them and peonies in my wedding flowers...

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  9. ...Amen sistah! :o)

    ...Beautiful photos. Love.

    ...Blessings...

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  10. I am still nursing my Valentine's bouquet along - the last lily bud has just reached its "day after prime" state, and the gerberas are well past it. The roses are already hanging upside down to dry from my kitchen ceiling lamp. 8-)

    Love your ranuncs! What a color. Reminds me of purple cabbage - my favorite salad!

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  11. I was about to say something about the color of cabbage, too- one of my favorite colors found in nature! I love the color of your flowers contrasted with your red book. Also, hooray for you to practice what you preach or believe- sometimes that is very hard to do.

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  12. So many petals..gorgeous texture. They give so much! These are beautifully photographed against that window.

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  13. my favorite flowers. thank you

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  14. Ranunculus make me swoon. They are not available here where I live. Whenever I go to NYC, I take a early morning pilgrimage to the flower district so I can get drunk on all the different varieties that are available there (I'm also totally smitten with Mimosa, another beauty that I've only seen at the NYC markets)

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  15. The color is amazing! I need some flowers in this house pronto!

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  16. such a beautiful colour. i never see these lovelies when im buying flowers. if only!
    xxx

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  17. Your writing in this post is stunning. 'Flower drunk', ugh, perfect!

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  18. Love it!! I always feel the same - crazy decadent when I buy flowers for my home, but soo worth it. By the way, you have such wonderful taste -- please never stop (and post more ;)

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  19. I adore ranunculus--and that is a gorgeous color! Have you seen Irving Penn's book of photographs of flowers? Many of them are, as he says "past the point of perfection".

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  20. Ranuncs are especially decadent as they wither. These photographs are divine!

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  21. those ranunculus are such a lovely color! one of my favorite flowers for sure, i just bought a bunch yesterday. flowers always make my apartment feel more like a home.

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  22. I've had a vase of dying roses in my room for about two weeks! I think they just keep getting prettier, but my fella keeps asking me when I'm going to put them in the bin. Philistine.

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  23. oo I love it! I used to keep dead flowers for EVER when i was younger. Ive lost that need, but agree it is beautiful to have flowers "willy nilly" around and watch them grow :)

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  24. Ahhh, they are so stunning as they fade.
    I LOVE this color.

    Wish I could fly you out in April to visit the Ranunculus greenhouse in full bloom.
    Talk about heaven!!!

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  25. I wish I could have flowers in my house all the time, but my cat likes to eat them. Do you happen to know of any flowers or plants that cats don't like to eat? I love those ones you posted, they're beautiful. I don't know much about flowers so I'm always excited to discover the name of a new one that I like. The color is amazing!

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  26. This post broke my heart in the best possible way. Such evocative photos and supporting words. You always manage to out due yourself Amy!

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  27. i love ranunculus. so much i keep a bunch of dead ones in a vase just next to me for more than three weeks by now. such beauty, and indeed even when they are dead.

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  28. Beauty... isn't this opening, and then opening wider, wider still..., how we imagine the most poignant moments of our lives? And what is that mysterious juju that makes some people speak such a familiar language? So that's a ranunculus! I'm not much on names, but I do love them. I am so glad you are on the same planet, and that I recognize your language.
    A.

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  29. I adore ranunculus. They are so spunky and fluffy and come in so many different shades. Just beautiful flowers.

    In regards to dying flowers, I have to admit, this is one of the reasons why coral charm peonies are my favorite flowers. They start out with such a lush color but eventually fades into theses lovely shades as it's slowly dying. It always such a bittersweet thing to watch.

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  30. love ranunculus, but they do seem to be so delicate and short lived, this post was sad, but touching, beautiful colors

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  31. "..watching a flower open, then open more, then open so wide its petals have nowhere to go but backwards is basically everything..."


    i just fell in love..

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  32. indigo is my favorite color. n i am great fan of flowers. loved your pictures.

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