Lonely Bouquets initiative aims to brighten the days of lonely Australians


Willetton Florist owner Christine Blackshaw. Picture: Matt Jelonek
Willetton Florist owner Christine Blackshaw. Picture: Matt Jelonek

A BRIGHT bunch of flowers can brighten the most gloomy days for those we love, but what about others struggling through sadness alone?

Enter the Lonely Bouquets, a global initiative that began as a simple idea to spread the joy of flowers throughout in England.

Now, held annually on June 26 the idea has blossomed into an initiative meant to inspire hobby gardeners, florists, and flower lovers throughout the world.

The basic concept of the Lonely Bouquet is to gather a bunch of flowers either from your local florist, from the garden or straight from nature, arrange the flowers in a small, recycled jar or tie them off with a bit of twine then add a signature “take me” tag before leaving the arrangement behind for someone.

With just the aim of putting a smile on a stranger’s face, Willetton florist Christine Blackshaw jumped at the opportunity to bring the phenomenon to the Canning region.

“This is a fantastic way of spreading happiness through flowers,” she said.

“In past years we have left the bouquets in many locations around Perth and have had a massive response from the lucky people that found them.

“We received lots of emails and Facebook messages of thanks and photos of our bouquets in their ‘new homes’.

“It really created a lot of happiness to the people that came across our Lonely Bouquets.”