I have begun cutting my Lilac, which I love for it's fabulous rich colour and fraqgrance. A friend mentioned a superstition around not bringing Lilac indoors which I thought I would try to investigate. It seems this may be related to it's use in days gone by to line coffins to sweeten the smell. Lilac is related to the Olive family and was imported from the Baltic region where it grows on rocky outcrops. The exact details of when it was introduced into the UK are not clear. However it has gained in popularity of recent years and is now a popular cur flower. It is best to cut early or late in the day and make a small slit in the cut stem, then put in water and keep cool overnight before using. It is not long lived as a cutflower particularly if displayed in a warm room but if kept cool I have found it to last much longer. It looks fabulous in large vases or jugs and works wonderfully well in church flowers. In my experience it prefers to be kept in water and doesnot respond so well to Oasis floral foam. I have three Lilac trees and the white is always the last to flower with the paler of the two purple varieties coming out first. I will be taking bunches to Snape Maltings Market on Saturday....see you there.
My story in flowers started as a child growing a tiny patch of London Pride Saxifraga...also known as Whimsey or Look Up and Kiss Me! Fast forward to 8 years ago when I started a City and Guilds training in floristry. I qualified as a florist and then to deepen my growing knowledge and skills I trained in horticulture as well. I trained under a WRAGS scheme at Darsham Nurseries and at Somerleyton Hall. Developing a passion for both growing and designing/arranging British garden flowers, I planted a cutting garden. Having become increasingly concerned about where and how flowers are grown, coupled with a love of British grown flowers. and natural styling, I now specialise in growing and using beautiful British grown flowers to make romantic natural designs. for weddings, events, gifts and much more.