I think every flower lover has a few favourite flowers. You might think you have one favourite, but the more you ponder this idea, you could discover you have a whole list of flowers, like the romantic rose, or the blousy peony, maybe the exotic orchid or the simplicity of a daisy appeals to you. So that made me realise that all us flower lovers have a few favourites because of what they mean to us. It might not necessarily be the most beautiful one in the bouquet, but because of a special story or a personal connection that a certain flower evokes, that has created a soft spot in our hearts.
So earlier in the week there is a knock on the door and when I opened, I was greeted with an array of pink flowers disguising the little delivery man, the 4 year old son of my neighbour and friend. He said; “my mom are sending these” and when I looked over two doors down, there she was on her doorstep waving at me and shouting over, “I’ve got so many in the garden they are growing so tall and so fast”. And indeed they are, I can see (and admire) them all the way from my garden. She later told me that seeing them bloom in her garden again this year, reminded her about a year ago when her partner and father to her two beautiful children proposed to her. She then took a photo of her hand, sporting her glittering engagement ring, using these fabulous pink flowers as a backdrop. This photo she then send to her beloved mother all the way in New Zealand to share her happy news and show off her gorgeous engagement ring. Sadly her mom passed away in January, and so I guess these pink beauties became special to her for all sorts of reasons. I would imagine that she will now always think of the happy moments every time they bloom. I didn’t know the name of them and she also told me they are called ‘Barnsley Lavatera x clementii and that her mother-in-law planted and introduced them to her. What a display they make in her garden.
To me the Barnsley Lavatera looks like hundreds of pink butterflies. Some with their wings closed and some ready to take off. So I was especially keen to put them in this fabulous white china vase adorned with very delicate butterflies. Please get in touch and tell me what certain flowers mean to you.
Photos and Styling by Theoda Solms Iles
Photo of engagement ring and Lavetera by Avril McDonald