This week on 'A Bunch for the Weekend' - I'm featuring Limonium or Statice as it's also called.
Limonium has a bit of a frumpy, old-ladyish image - but it's now just like carnations becoming popular again.
It might be hard to get hold of as a lot of florists don't stock it. I got mine from my local farmer's market but I have also seen it sold by flower sellers on street corners and in supermarkets.
It's a flower that needs to be purchased when the flowers are open as they will not develop further once cut.
As usual condition the flowers by removing any of the lower leaves that would end up below the waterline in the vase. Cut the stems at an angle and put immediately in a clean vase with fresh water over night or at least a few hours before making the final arrangement.
Limonium is an easy plant - has very few leaves to remove, lasts for ages and comes in a huge range of colours. Last but not least it dries really well and will keep it's bright colour even when dried.
I went to a brand new gardening fair last weekend on Hampstead Heath in North London - called Grow London. It's a fair of about 80 stalls with almost exclusively modern, contemporary stuff and plants for sale.
At the fair I bought this rather funky vase from Judy Green's Garden Store. It has a round clear glass inner vase and around the outside is a crinkly nest of stainless steel wires.
I was intrigued by how it would look with flowers in it and I think it worked very well with the Limonium - a flower that also have a crinkly look to them.
Have a Fabulous Floral Day!
See you on Sunday for another floral quote by another flower lover.