Bright colours and dark flowers: our ode to La La Land. Read on to find out what curiosities we’ve curated in your special bouquet this week…
As you may have read on your flower card, this week’s bouquet pays homage to musical romance La La Land. The pink blooms were inspired by the retro-realistic costumes and dream-chasing optimism of Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone). While the dark ranunculus represents the sadness that comes from making hard decisions: ones that can rip apart relationships. Its flower head reminds us that such decisions are never straightforward, and often have many layers.
First up is the pretty-in-pink Rosa ‘Maritim’(2), a classic vintage rose.
Continuing the colour theme is the Gladiolus ‘Fairytale Pink’ (5). Gladiolus comes from gladius, the Latin for ‘a sword’ – and why it’s known as a ‘sword lily’. In Victorian England, when sending discreet messages via flowers was all the rage, the gladiolus was used to express infatuation: you have pierced my heart. It also represents ‘fidelity’. If you share it with someone, make sure it’s your partner 😉
A more vivid pink is the Chrysanthemum spray ‘Expolis’(1). Chrysanthemums – ‘mums’ for short – were first cultivated in China as herbs way back in the 15th century BC. That’s a whopping 35 centuries ago!
Strelitzia reginae (4) sounds terribly grand, doesn’t it? But there’s a good reason for that. Strelitzia is named after the duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the birthplace of Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III. And reginae means ‘for a queen’. Us commoners usually call this stunning bloom ‘Bird of Paradise’. We think it looks just like a punky parrot.
Finally, the Ranunculus ‘Noir’(3) comes from a family which has many bisexual members. Yep, true. Not an alternative fact. It’s a delicate bloom with an extraordinary whorl of delicate petals that look like they’re made from crepe paper. In fact, craft lovers may already know that making a ranunculus out of crepe paper is a thing.
Try this at home.
- Rosa ‘Maritim’ (2)
- Gladiolus ‘Fairytale Pink’ (5)
- Chrysanthemum spray ‘Expolis’ (1)
- Strelitzia reginae (4)
- Ranunculus ‘Noir’ (3)