These are some shots of a flower shop in Paris, near the Place de la Bastille. Of course, I am biased, but in Paris there seems to be more reverence for flowers, much like the way the French revere food. Why? A greater connection to an agrarian culture? More passion for beauty? Who knows, but it was great to see Proteas and Poppys along with the standard Chysanthemums.
There are almost 100 species of Protea, which is why the genus is named for the Greek god Proteus, who was able to change his form at will.
Poppys, more specifically, Papaver commutatum.
Finally, I loved the combination below of Eucalyptus and Spider-Mum - they set each other off beautifully. They are also easily found in florists and delis here in NY, they aren't pricey and also have a decent shelf-life.