I like to sing. A lot. This is in part owed to working alone and music being such a large part of my day to day existence. And presumably in part owed to my mother who also likes to sing a lot. We used to joke that she had run away to become a country music singer. So for some time I have been pondering the flowers / music relationship. You’d be surprised how many great album covers feature flowers, how many songs mention them. So with Valentine’s Day nearly upon us you could do a lot worse than look here for romantic inspiration.

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The roses say it all. You can imagine how they would smell. The image was chosen by Peter Saville exactly because of the seductive nature of flowers. Just try not to think too hard about the power, corruption and lies. One of my favourite New York florists recently offered a discount for anyone basing their wedding flowers around this album cover. Tempted?

Back to spring… Those garden roses are not in plentiful supply yet but the tulips are just getting started. Spring flowers are very much the flowers of the Dutch Masters… Think parrot tulips, fritillaries, ranunculus, muscari and hyacinths. And now think of them all teetering on the brink of death.

That my friend, is romance.

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Tulips have to be one of my favourite flowers, I love the block colour varieties, the frilly varieties and the doubles, but the parrot is king. This is the flower that created tulipomania. People made and lost fortunes over this flower. Imagine that.

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