Hello, my friends!
Ah, I think you guys are really going to enjoy the pictures today. Remember Dad’s aesthetic mint green truck from my birthday post? Turns out it makes a wonderfully eye-catching flower truck! Mom has been growing so many flowers this year that we have too many to display ourselves, so she started a little flower stand at the end of our road!
One day we hope to sell flowers at a farmer’s market or in a better location since we’re kinda in the middle of nowhere, but it’s been fun letting people pick up the lovely flower bouquets Mom makes for now. Enjoy some cheerful, summery pictures!
Introducing… the flower truck! I feel like it needs a name. Isn’t it cute?
But before I get ahead of myself, here are some behind-the-scenes shots. First, Mom pucks a bunch of flowers from the garden and arranges the bouquets inside. She references a lot of Floret Farm’s videos/books/tutorials for flower growing and arranging. Check out their website here if you like beautiful things.
She picks the flowers early and lets them open up in buckets of water usually one day ahead of time.
Once everything’s arranged, we load it up and drive the green truck out to the end of our lane. Mom has a couple buckets for the tailgate, like so:
She used to have the flowers in wooden crates but, heh, someone took a crate along with a bouquet. (They actually brought it back later, though, so that was nice!) Now she ties buckets to the truck so no one takes them.
Mom had me paint these signs for the road. I think they turned out pretty cute!
These are “market bouquets” – flowers wrapped in a square of kraft paper and stuck in buckets of water.
Something about the brown paper makes them seem so much more official, you know? 😛
Here’s a cute little sign with instructions, plus some water and paper towels beneath it.
Mom originally priced the bouquets at $10 but then decided to just ask for donations since it’s not really an official stand. So that’s the way we do it now. She attached a safe box thingy to the truck (it’s in the photo before the “flowers for sale” sign picture). It seems to serve its purpose well.
Mom is getting to be a pro at bouquet-making. It’s so fun to see the different colors and combinations she comes up with! She’s enjoying the practice and experience the stand gives her.
Plus, if the bouquets don’t sell, we get to display them in our house!
My favorite part of the flower truck is the sunflowers on the side, picked from the sunflower field along our lane. (More on that in another post.) They’re more for decoration than for sale, but I suppose people could purchase them if they wanted.
Ha, it was funny how quickly the flowers attracted bees. It was like a portable garden!
Look how plump and fuzzy this guy is. 😀 Anyone else think bees are cute?
Mom found some cheap plastic wastebaskets at Walmart and turned them into cute flower containers by tying them to the side of the truck.
I just love the way it looks. We always lament how few flowers we have; it’d be even cuter overflowing with bouquets, but it takes a bunch of blooms and foliage to make this many bouquets as it is.
I know this is picture is pretty much the same as the last, but… I like it. So here you go. 🙂
We’ll end with some more sunflower pictures because AHH SO AESTHETIC.
The bright yellow and pretty mint green are… the epitome of summer, but with a vintage twist.
Mom just ordered a black and white striped umbrella to shade the flowers, so I’ll have to do an update post sometime after we set it up. But for now, enjoy one last cheerful sunflower photo.
Did those pictures make you happy too? Something about the colors just makes me smile. I’m looking forward to seeing where this truck takes us in the future, hehe. But for now we’re just enjoying sharing our flowers with neighbors and passersby – and I’m so glad I could (virtually) share them with you guys too!
Have you ever seen a flower truck before? What do you think we should name ours? 😛
Thanks so much for reading, my friends, and have a lovely day!
P. S. Photos taken with my Nikon D3400 and a 35mm + 50 mm lens. Edited with Lightroom.