Green crusader Daphne Lambert, MD of Penrhos Court has offered us her top tips for flowers for your wedding day and how to keep it green. Fresh blooms are a welcome and traditional sight at weddings but that doesn’t mean they have to have a large carbon footprint or be chemically grown. Instead, Daphne suggests sourcing your arrangements from locally harvested flowers
Daphne says: ‘Insisting on tropical or out of season flowers for your wedding will create thousands of air miles and will contribute significantly to your carbon footprint. Ensure you source seasonal flowers from a local grower, given enough notice, many will be happy to grow the flowers of your choice especially for your big day.
‘Potted plants make a good alternative to cut flowers as they live to see another day, they also make lovely presents for your guests to take home and keep as a reminder of the event’
Daphne’s top tips for the freshest and most beautiful English flowers for Spring/Summer wedding are:
1) Snake’s Head Fritillary – this bloom always excites attention due to the unmistakable colouring of its bell shaped flowers.
2) Anemones – This fragile beauty is also know as the wind flower and belongs to the buttercup family. Its ferny leaves make the perfect frame for the delicate flower heads
3) Marsh Marigolds – also known as the Mayflower and so named from the custom of bringing flowers into the house and strewing them on the doorstep on Old May Eve. These are lovely yellow flowers with a greeny-yellow centre
4) Honesty – attractive and delicate flowers in purple and white that are also known as money flowers as their prolific seed pods resemble coins
5) Narcissi – stylish, simple and classical in style with a beautiful fragrance and a soft warm scent