April 26, 2015

This Friday is one of my favorite holidays!

Well, it was my favorite when I was a little girl – now I want to bring the tradition back!

On May Day I would pick flowers for my elderly next-door neighbor – some kind of daisies, dandelions or other precious little flowers from the yard – and put them in a basket. Then I would sneak over to her house on May Day, hang the basket on her front door, ring the door bell and RUN!

Running away before she answered the door gave me a little rush – and pure joy thinking that it was an unexpected surprise that brightened her day. There was so much love in that little basket of half-wilted flowers pulled out of the ground with tiny hands and giggles.

This is a joyous ritual I want to bring back. Let’s bring back May Day together!

It’s going to be FUN! Here’s what you can do …

Pick or buy flowers for someone this Friday, May 1st and deliver them anonymously! Leave them at their doorstop, ring the doorbell and run – as done in the traditional way.

Or think of new ways: leave a rose or single stem flower or bouquet on someone’s car windshield. Design a flower mandala on someone’s desk. Sprinkle rose petals petals on their car or their space.


Think of someone who needs love, care or a cheer up, or someone that you want to share your appreciation for. Leave flowers in an unexpected place and don’t tell them it was you.

What I love most about May Day:

*It’s anonymous – you’re not asking for anything in return or credit for a good deed done – it’s just for the sheer joy of it and knowing you’re making someone happy.

*It is genuinely surprising for the person on the receiving end, making the world feel like a magical and loving place.

Join us this May Day! Or pick ANY day and make it a random act of flowers.

Post up a snapshot of what you did (if it doesn’t ruin your secret) on instagram or Facebook with the hashtags: #flowerevolution

OR, go digital and dish out some flower power and post up some flower photos on your friends’ Facebook or Twitter feeds. Daisies brings people joy and laughter; Hong Kong Orchid magnifies love.

Love + flower petals,

katie hess flower alchemist