I often find myself thinking about how a simple thing such as designing gorgeous bouquets can give me so much pleasure and happiness. I've been doing this for over 20 years and I still find the magic and the endless beauty of the art of floral design so amazing. No wonder humans have been using flowers to adorn themselves and their homes, and to express their emotions or mark special occasions for thousands of years. 

Actually the earliest records of the use of flowers to decorate and to celebrate special events go as far back as Ancient Egypt. The Egyptians were particularly fond of the lotus flower as it was thought to be a symbol of their most important Goddess, Isis. They would use arrangements of other flowers too such as jasmine, roses, water lilies, violets and narcissus, often arranged simply in repetition as garlands or in various vases. Floral arrangements were used in Ancient Egypt during important processions, as table arrangements and during funerals, with many carved reliefs of floral arrangements being uncovered in many Egyptian burial chambers.

The ancient Chinese were also very much into their flowers as well, in particular the peony, which they thought of as symbolising wealth and good fortune. In Europe, during the renaissance and later baroque period, floral arrangements were inspired by Ancient Greece and Rome, with use of fruit and cones, ivy and laurel making their way into the picture, all of which were popular in Greece and Rome. Lily of the valley, roses, violets and primrose also featured prominently.

But when it came to using flowers to express their otherwise inexpressible emotions, the Victorians take the crown, with most well to do Victorian homes owning a dictionary dedicated to the 'language of flowers'. Some of these meanings were quite specific too, for example, bluebells meant 'kindness', peonies were 'bashful', rosemary was used for 'remembrance', tulips denoted 'passion' and wallflowers, represented 'faithfulness in adversity'. And if you wanted to let someone know you were thinking of them in a romantic way, then purple violets were the flowers to give. How's that for specific?!

Just goes to show you how meaningful and important flowers have been to humanity. Today, when it comes to special occasions, flowers are still a very important part of marking the occasion as something special and reverent. Even though the meaning we give flowers today may not be as specific as in Victorian times, they still hold special meaning, especially for those important lifetime events such as weddings. 

Still life of a floral arrangement 1716

The Sydney Flower Markets are always a fantastic adventure, I admit to feeling just like Alice in a floral wonderland.
This time of year we can enjoy the wonderful chrysanthemum, one of the most underrated blooms of all time.
Chrysanthemums come in many varieties & colours & can be used in many ways making them one of the most versatile flowers available today.
The large pom pom shaped dis budded chrysanthemum (a favourite) is considered so special in Japan it has become a symbol of royalty,
in fact each bloom is created by painstakingly removing all flower buds along the stem but one,
encouraging the plant to put all energy into the remaining single bud, creating perfection.
I also enjoy the daisy chrysanthemums, the perfect blooms are happy & bright with colours ranging from white all through the colour spectrum,
there are even the most spectacular shades of burgundy. Large spider chrysanthemums are a must if you havnt already had them in your home.
They are similar to dis bud chrysanthemums but instead of a large pom pom these gorgeous blooms resemble a large flat spidery feathery concoction,
with the most spectacular range of colours, the golds & mauves are really special.
Thanks for taking the time to visit my web site, please visit again soon & don't forget to enjoy some spectacular chrysanthemums.
Till next time,Rae.