EVERLASTING BOTANICALS SERIES #1

 This everlasting botanical wreath is patterned after the flower crowns of the Victorian Era. 

 In 1840, Queen Victoria of England, made flower crowns fashionable when she wore a wreath of fresh orange blossoms in her hair for her wedding to Prince Albert. Although flower halos have become tremendously popular today, laurel-wreath crowns date back to ancient Greece and Julius Caesar. Traditional floral headdresses of the Victorian Period were often woven with meanings from The Language of Flowers, which is a well-known code of love embodying the symbology of herbs and wild botanicals. Even Shakespeare's Hamlet eludes to the sentiments of florals when Ophelia states,

“There’s rosemary, that’s for remembering. Please remember, love. And there are pansies, they’re for thoughts.”

The composition of florals pictured above, forms an endearing keepsake wreath of "loving thoughts" comprised of dried Roses, Pansies, and buds of White Lace resting softly on a bed of green moss.

 

Let flowers bring meaning to your day,

Sally

MOCK ORANGE HYDRANGEA WREATH

This wall arrangement is an ode to the old-world garden hedges of America's Golden Age. Monochromatic colors of snowy white, vanilla creme, and basil sage still leave a lasting impression of by-gone mansions and landscapes. To this piece I added wispy ferns, an ideal flower companion of the Victorian era, for a timeless appeal.  Mock Orange flowers preserved in silica gel and air-dried Hydrangea florets are used to fill out this simple yet elegant floral wreath.

Old-fashioned Hydrangea and Mock Orange shrubbery surrounded early nineteenth-century homes and garden pathways.  With Mock Orange blossoming in spring and flowering mop head Hydrangeas taking center stage in late summer, these plants provided backbone and architectural structure for English Garden Design.  Skilled gardeners propagated new shrubs from original stock cuttings forming an impressive, yet inexpensive, hedge over time - which may be the reason for their popularity to this day. 

Do you have old-fashion shrubs from the past blooming in your garden or landscape? I have found flowering shrubs to be the some of the hardiest plants to preserve. Hydrangea's hold up especially well to the drying process and remain perfectly colored once dried. It is likely that many shrubs and perennials started today will remain long after the gardener has moved on. There's nothing like walking along a path and discovering enchanting flowers pushing through the soil of a deserted property or garden. What legacy of plants are you leaving behind?

If only plants could tell us the stories they've encountered throughout their lifespan.

Wishful thinking,

Sally