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Scillonians play their part in the launch of 'lonely bouquet' day

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: July 09, 2013

  • Lonely bouquets on Tresco (above) and St Mary's (top)

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Posies of pungent pinks have been spotted in unlikely settings around the Isles of Scilly, each sporting a label inviting the finder to "take me and enjoy".

The initiative was part of the first international Lonely Bouquet Day, an event designed to put a smile on people's faces by giving flowers.

With the help of a few friends, flower farm owners Ben and Zoe Julian left bouquets of their own scented pinks, which were mixed with local foliage and some stems of Cornish Alstroemeria, on all five of the inhabited islands – St Mary's, St Martin's, Tresco, Bryher and St Agnes.

In return, they have been sent photographs of smiling faces accompanied by grateful comments from the people who discovered the flowers. One bunch was left on a bench on Tresco, while another appeared on a Bryher hill.

Lonely Bouquet Day was organised by the online Lonely Bouquet Movement, a group dedicated to spreading smiles and happiness one flower at a time.

Zoe, a partner in family-run St Martin's flower delivery company, Scent From The Islands, is a supporter of the Lonely Bouquet Movement and was immediately on board when she read about the event.

The suggestion was that anyone, anywhere could leave a bouquet of flowers with a tag saying "take me" – hoping it would be found by a stranger whose day would be brightened by the discovery.

Zoe said: "It's such a good idea and so appropriate for the Isles of Scilly, which are famous for the beautiful flowers that grow most of the year because of the unique climate. I know the aim was to make the recipients smile, but I'm pretty sure we got as much pleasure out of creating and positioning the bouquets as the people who found them."

The success of the inaugural event was apparent on the Lonely Bouquet Facebook page, which listed grateful comments and stories posted by people from all over the world who were touched by the occasion.

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