- Sweet William is the common name - the botanical name of the flowers in Latin/Greek is Dianthus barbatus.
- It's in the Caryophyllacae family commonly called the pink or carnation family .
- The first part of the name comes from the Greek di or dios meaning god or divine - referring to the Greek gods. The second part of the name anthos means flower.
- Barbatus means bearded or hairy as a small part of the flower has tiny hairs.
- Sweet William is an old-fashioned cottage garden favourite and have been grown in Britain for hundreds of years.
- The flowers has a lovely clove-like scent.
- The Duchess of Cambridge had white Sweet William in her wedding bouquet when she got married to Prince William in 2011. Kate chose the flower as a tribute to her bridegroom.
- They come in many colours - white, pink, red, purple as well as many variegated colours.
- The flowers attracts bees and butterflies.
- The flowers are edible and have a peppery, clove like flavour and can be used in salads.
- Cut stems between the nodes for maximum water uptake.
- They are long-lasting - about 5-10 days - and are great value for money.
The flowers are British and grown by the brilliant Cel Robertson at Forever Green Flower Company.
I made a little bouquet entirely made up of different light pink Sweet Williams. I made a fabric ribbon from a piece of fabric in similar pink tones and tied that around the stems and I used a vintage pink jug as my vase.
My bright pink creation for the month of June - even though it's cold and rainy here in London.
Enjoy your flower arranging!
Have a Great Floral Day!
I will see you later in the week with more Do-It-Yourself flowers from 'Of Spring and Summer'.
~ xoxo ~
[Styling and Photography © Ingrid Henningsson - Of Spring and Summer]
[Flowers from Forever Green Flower Company.]
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