Latin or Botanical Name of Flower:
Origin and Meaning of Name:
Gypsos means gypsum; philos means loving - so it's a plant that likes growing in lime or alkaline soil.
The common name refers to that some people thinks it smells like a baby's breath.
Gypsophila has an airy mass of small white flowers that makes pretty arrangements.
Other varieties available are 'Bristol Fairy' that has long-lasting double flowers and another one has pink flowers.
Gypsophila is available from flower markets or florists all year around. If grown in a garden - it flowers in mid- and late summer.
Gypsophila is reasonably priced and lasts well as a cut flower.
When you buy them make sure at least half the flowers are open as buds might not open once the flowers are cut.
Conditioning and Care:
Remove all leaves that would end up below the water level in the vase and cut the stems at an angle.
Keep away from any fruit and vegetables - ethylene gas from ripening fruit shortens the life of flowers.
How to use:
Gypsophila has lately become a very popular flower to use in flower arranging after having been viewed as old-fashioned for quite a long time. It's a soft and natural looking and mixes well with other flowers but it also looks fabulous on it's own.
It's a perfect flower to almost every occasion and for every room in the house - the possibilities are endless.
It's romantic, sweet and very feminine and can be used in many different ways. Use it en masse in domed-shaped arrangements in large vases or cut the stems short and loosely arranged in a group of jars or bottles - either looks charming.
Gypsophila looks good in a romantic or vintage setting using old cut glass perfume bottles or colourful blue floral patterned china vase.
I have also made arrangements in hundred year old beer bottles - they all have a date stamped on the bottom of the bottle - the dark colour and outlines of the bottles makes an interesting contrast with the frothy flowers.
They also look great in a more contemporary setting used in large clear glass tumblers for a more minimalist look or like here in a small hand-blown white glass vase created in the 1980's by the Swedish artist Bertil Vallien.
I hope you liked my new series that I have called Floral Favourites - where I will be featuring some of my favourite flowers.
Why not have some fun and try some simple arrangements in different containers.
See you soon!
[Styling and photography by Ingrid Henningsson for Of Spring and Summer.]