What a truly seasonal British Valentine’s bouquet looks like – hellebores, daffodils, primroses, snowdrops, violets and more
I love roses, but garden grown and in season, not on Valentine’s Day. But what does a seasonal British Valentine’s bouquet look like? We asked Anne-Marie from Forage For to make us a Valentine’s floral creation – she is quite renown for her stunning floral designs.
So from one corner of Suffolk in a walled garden, this is what was seasonal this year – and it’s worth noting that this has been a particularly unusual year, with unseasonable weather resulting in quite an array of flowers.
The above floral heart features bellis daisies, witch hazel, primroses, hellebores, snowdrops, heather, daffodils, violets, violas, scabious, muscari, blossom and cow parsley (yes really). This crazy unusual weather means that Anne-Marie still has one cow parsley plant that’s hung on all winter and is still flowering. Incredible.
I’ve been meaning to share these with you for a while, but what could be more perfect than sharing them now – well, apparently it’s supposed to be the start of spring although the snow across the UK suggests otherwise.
These homemade lollipops each hold a pretty edible spring flower, such as these beautiful violas, and would make lovely wedding favours for an Easter or spring wedding. The tiny violas or violets are just the right size to be kept whole in a lollipop, whereas the larger pansies can have an individual petal carefully removed and used instead.
You can find a recipe for the above edible flower lollipops at Sprinkle Bakes – I particularly love that you don’t need to buy special lollipop moulds, but can in fact use powdered sugar to create your mould! If you’d rather not add another item to your already lengthy ‘to make’ wedding list, then I’d recommend checking out Eat My Flowers who make them with their homegrown edible flowers – you’ll find them in their shop.
This is one of the loveliest cakes I’ve seen for a while, I love how simple it is and yet so beautiful. A simple white frosted cake covered in edible spring violets – heavenly! If you love the violets and are planning a spring wedding, don’t miss this feature I did recently on inspiration for using violets.
Ever since Rachel from Catkin Flowers planted a seed in my head about violets being in season in April I have wanted to do a blog post on them. It seems more appropriate than ever because they are poking out their pretty faces all over my garden at the moment.
I’m not sure that violets are big enough to make a bridal bouquet, but there are other lovely ideas I came across, and I’ve included a couple of viola/heartsease images because I couldn’t find a tremendous amount of violet ideas (I’m also quite picky with what I choose to share with you).
Violets were the traditional flower of love, symoblising secret love, with hand-tied bouquets of sweet violets the most popular Valentine’s gift in the early 20th Century. I think it is rather sad that this tradition has been replaced by the red rose. You can see how violets featured in this selection of vintage cards…
So if you’re planning at April wedding, how could you incorporate violets into your day?
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