This is the season for the purest of whites, either bold as in fragrant lily-of-the-valley, ephemeral like white blossom or feathery cow parsley.
Every posie needs a ‘fluffy’ flower to create body — cow parsley or pimpinella are lacey — whereas perennis daisies are versatile, available in whites, reds and pinks that stand perkily for days on end, their rounded shapes vieing with the erect forms of grape hyacinths. For foliage, choisya adds small, shiny leaves, the dainty white flowers an added bonus.
Whilst picking flowers and foliage, compare one with another, looking for contrast or harmony in terms of shape, texture and colour. With a limited colour palette, the container plays a greater role, and it’s interesting to experiment with chance ‘finds’ from charity shops — unwanted tea caddies, cut glass, old sugar bowls and an endless supply of silver vessels can be found for little cost.
A striking all-white posie is created from a blend of Mexican orange blossom (Choisya x dewitteana ‘Aztec Pearl’), hawthorn (Crateagus laevigata), cow parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris), lily-of-the-valley (Convallaria majalis), bellis daisies (Bellis perennis), grape hyacinth (Muscari aucheri ‘White Magic’).
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