Friday 29 April 2011

Options for a bridal bouquet

Anemone nemorosa 'Vestal'

Convallaria majalis 'Vic Pawlowski's Gold'

Lunaria annua 'Alba Variegata'

Viburnum plicatum 'Popcorn'

Tiarella cordifolia

Ornithogalum nutans

Trillium grandiflorum

Viburnum 'Eskimo'

Tulbaghia cominsii

Choisya arizonica 'Whetstone'

Asphodelus albus


  1. What lovely photos :-)

    Yes, white flowers are indeed special and give a bridal touch to the garden.

    Have a lovely weekend.

    Kind regards,

    Marlene (Denmark)

  2. A beautiful choice of white bridal flowers! I wonder was there lily of the valley in her bouquet?

  3. I heard on the radio this morning that a nursery in Cornwall had an order for 3oo Lily of the Valley plants for the Royal Wedding.Tried to see if they were in the bouquet or maybe the men's buttonholes but couldn't see clearly enough.

  4. I got one right!

    The lily-of-the-valley - 600 stems were ordered - came from Cornwall. Details available from

    The full components of the wedding bouquet are described on the Official Royal Wedding 2011 website:
    The Bride’s Bouquet

    The bouquet is a shield-shaped wired bouquet of myrtle, lily-of-the-valley, sweet William and hyacinth. The bouquet was designed by Shane Connolly and draws on the traditions of flowers of significance for the Royal Family, the Middleton family and on the Language of Flowers.

    The flowers’ meanings in the bouquet are:

    Lily-of-the-valley – Return of happiness

    Sweet William – Gallantry

    Hyacinth – Constancy of love

    Ivy: Fidelity; marriage; wedded love; friendship; affection

    Myrtle: the emblem of marriage; love.

    The bouquet contains stems from a myrtle planted at Osborne House, Isle of Wight, by Queen Victoria in 1845, and a sprig from a plant grown from the myrtle used in The Queen’s wedding bouquet of 1947.

    The tradition of carrying myrtle begun after Queen Victoria was given a nosegay containing myrtle by Prince Albert’s grandmother during a visit to Gotha in Germany. In the same year, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert bought Osborne House as a family retreat, and a sprig from the posy was planted against the terrace walls, where it continues to thrive today.

    The myrtle was first carried by Queen Victoria eldest daughter, Princess Victoria, when she married in 1858, and was used to signify the traditional innocence of a bride.

  5. Przepiękne białe rośliny, lubię biel w ogrodzie.

  6. and there was virburnum in the floral arrangements - think you did very well!

  7. Awesome post and such wonderful plants!!


  8. I too was very interested to see if lily-of-the-valley would be in the bride's bouquet, and was very pleased to see it was - wasn't it a splendid day, I still feel elated and proud to be English, British, etc and have smiled at everyone today as I went about and was very pleased to see everyone smiled back - had to check to see if I had leaves in my hair, or something. We had a splendid wedding party with the neighbours, I have decided to hold the mood for the rest of the year. Your pictures are stunning - I am pleased to say I have some of those flowers in my garden, especially lily-of-the-valley! My paeony Joseph Rock is making a very splendid show this year too - must be something to do with that cold, cold winter. Three splendids in one paragraph - but that summed the day up.

  9. It is my wedding anniversary today, and I am reminded, after reading your blog, that my bouquet was principally made up of Stephanotis. A wonderful smelling pure white flower. I have a plant in flower in my conservatory at the moment............Rosemary


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