I love fresh flowers – a simple bunch of them, or a single stem – different ones for different moods, to occasionally have on the dining room table or next to the sink.
But where to find some in Abilene – land of the prickly pear cactus?
I tried local florists but they didn’t seem to have a selection of individual stems for customer purchase, but someone can please correct me if I’m wrong about that! Their selections included professional arrangements and some potted plants. I checked Baack’s & Lucile’s.
Grocery stores, such as the HEB on S. 14th, and the Albertson’s on Buffalo Gap have some well-priced bunches of simple things like carnations – and these are okay, but don’t seem to last very long and the variety is small.
Then one day I stumbled into The Arrangement, next to Bible Hardware — if you’re not from Texas/the South you might wonder why that name for a store [: — I loove locally-owned, traditional hardware stores and this is a good one, with great service. But back to next door.
The Arrangement had an eye-catching sandwich board out front, which drew my attention. It’s also a women’s boutique, with clothing and jewelry for sale. They have an auxiliary business providing flowers and decor for events. In the refrigerated case at the back I found white hydrangea stems and gerbera daisies. Hooray!
When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have not time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not. – Georgia O’Keeffe [brainyquote]
So that’s my note about flowers in Abilene unless you have a green thumb yourself, or know someone with a rose bush who will share some blooms. :)
Those prickly pear blooms around town are beautiful too, in their own weird way. Just not something you can pluck and put into a vase!