IT MIGHT not seem like it at the moment but the Duchess of Cambridge isn’t the only mum who’s had a baby this past week! Which means her friends and family won’t be the only people wondering just what flowers to send, to offer their congratulations at this special time. Or maybe they’re wondering whether to send flowers at all, as many maternity units don’t allow them.
Thinking back to when my first son was born, I can remember receiving the most beautiful posy of freesias in shades of white, cream and lilac. Not only did they smell divine, they were very easy to care for; all I had to do was put them in water.
When friends and customers ask my advice about flowers for new mums I always say they should choose something which will be easy to handle – they have enough to do without having to care for giant bouquets – and they appreciate something which reflects the style of their home.
You can always personalise your gift by making use of the language of flowers, where white roses signify purity, stephanotis good luck, and orchids imply longevity.
If the baby has a floral name, like Daisy or Rosie, you could have fun using those specific blooms or what about patriotic red and white flowers if the baby’s name is George? If the family’s heritage is Scottish, consider incorporating some ornamental thistles (ereyngium) or perhaps some Bells of Ireland (molucella), if they hail from the Emerald Isle.
Whatever you decide, taking the personal route is a lot easier when you know the secrets of creating a hand-tied tied bunch, so why not check out my website here and take a look at Bouquets and Blooms workshops. And just for your delight, as I obviously don't have a photograph of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's new arrival that I can use - here is one of my gorgeous nephew Jasper. You can see more of our photographs here.
Love and blue skies
Words: Louise Bowditch
Photographs: BlueCloud Photography