It was day 4 of British Flower Week yesterday, and we are with Jay Archer bigging it up for the lupin.
For her three designs Jay has created an urn design, using euphorbia, allliums, delphiniums, and branches of beech and oak. A bridal bouquet which brings together the lupin with foxgloves, peonies and popping read poppies. Lastly a ceremonial wedding arch, which are very quickly growing in popularity in Britain (despite our glorious weather!), using a structure of birch branches, with beech, oak, white lupins, cerinthe, bronze fennel, and white phlox, gracing them. It really is very sweet indeed.
When asked why she chose to use the lupin, Jay talked about the great difference between the British and Dutch varieties ‘which are usually straight, upright and purple’. Jay stated that ‘British lupins tend to be quite quirky and more characterful. Their flower heads can be twisted and their tips resemble little flicks of a fox’s tail’. We agree. They really are quite head turning, transforming what could be ‘just another urn arrangment’ into something really rather unique.
If you would like to see how today’s flowers unfold, learn more about British Flower Week (which very sadly is nearly over for another year!) or find an event happening near you, you can do so here.
(Images – New Covent Garden Flower Market)