We all know that a perennial reappears in our gardens and blooms for many years, but the peony takes the definition to the next level with many plants in the right conditions blooming for up to 100 years! On our farm we try to do things as organically as possible so when I found organic perennial magician, Lorraine Roberts, at Plant Paradise Country Gardens, I never looked back. Her plants grow like no others!
You may have noticed my fondness of aliterations for the titles of my Big Bloom patterns. Perhaps it’s because of my love of words and finding ways to use them to convey meaninig. The definition of propitious is ‘having qualities which inspire hope’. What better word to pair with a flower that is a time-honoured symbol of Christmas and the season of hope and love.
Magnolias are thought to be the earliest known flowering plants with fossils dating back over 100 million years. They even existed before bees so rely on beetles for pollination!
Iris takes its name from the Greek word for a rainbow, which is also the name for the Greek goddess of the rainbow. During the Middle Ages, the meaning of irises became linked to the French monarchy, and the Fleur-de-lis (based on the form of the iris) eventually became the recognized national symbol of France.
Bend To My Willow
Did you know that raindrops that are falling to the ground from the drooping branches of willow resemble tears. That is how the weeping willow got its name. It is also extremely pliable and used in furniture and basket making. If you want to learn to weave with willow or are just insatiably curious like me, check out Madame Twig at The Branch Ranch.
Poppies are largely known for their association with Remembrance Day and honouring fallen soldiers but before Flanders Fields, the Greeks and Romans used them on tombstones to symbolize eternal sleep.