"Lavender, sweet lavender;
come and buy my lavender,
hide it in your trousseau, lady fair.
Let it's lovely fragrance flow
Over your head to toe,
lightening on your eyes, your cheek, your hair."
Cumberland Clark Flower Song Book 1929
In my quest to use seasonal flowers for weddings, and preferably British seasonal flowers at that, I stumbled across the wonderfully helpful Joanna Spencer of Shropshire Lavender. I've always been a huge fan of dried lavender, as I'm sure you will have noticed from many of my designs - I love it's texture, subtle purpley-grey colour and above all it's calming scent.
Different varieties of Lavender have different uses - some are highly scented, some dry well and others are great in cooking. I have to confess to not ever having used fresh Lavender in a design before and cannot tell you how much I have enjoyed working with such lovely flowers. The smell in my workroom is just heavenly and the oils have made my florists hands softer than they've been in ages. It's widely know that Lavender has soothing properties and is used in alleviating headaches, migraine, stress, insomnia and depression. I can genuinely say that spending a couple of hours working with it has made me feel really, really happy!
Here are a couple of designs I made up, which I dearly hope provide you with some inspiration. I have to say nothing would give me greater pleasure than making a bridal bouquet like one of these and the 'something blue' would be well covered for those who might not want a garter. You never know, maybe next year!
For those of you who are interested, here are the varieties I used:-
1 x bunch of pink lavender 'Miss Katherine'
1 x bunch of royal blue lavender 'Folgate'
2 x bunches of lilac lavender 'Melissa Lilac'
1 x bunch of dark indigo blue lavender 'Imperial Gem'