One of the best things about being a woman is the right to receive flowers, preferably lots of them and often. But seriously speaking, while it is always a wonderful surprise to find a beautiful bouquet on the kitchen table when coming home, it’s equally nice to grab a punch tulips or peonies from the market on my way from work. Some of my most precious childhood memories include picking wild flowers from the fields for my mother; these natural bouquets brought in the smell of summer, the sound of bees and butterflies, the lightness of the night-less nights.
Here in Brussels, my search for the perfect local flower shop continues. Luckily there are plenty of options in the neighborhood. These roses are from Monceau Fleurs on Chaussee de Waterloo.
While flowers bring beauty and brighten up any grey day, it’s difficult to ignore the voice of the conscious consumer in my head. Many flowers are produced using heavy pesticides, abusive use of energy and water as well as unfair treatment of workers. And most likely your bouquet of roses traveled half way across the world before it landed in the vase on your sofa table. All this leaves a significant carbon footprint and a long term impact on ecosystems surrounding flower farms. Luckily there are also more sustainable options such as locally or organically grown flower crops and Fair Trade roses which are already available in almost every super market.