In honour of the Queen...


If you had to design the perfect cut flower, you might get close to inventing the 'lizzie' or lisianthus. It's not a very well-known bloom, but it's such an effortless, elegant beauty I wonder why it doesn't get the same sort of kudos the rose does. It also has a long vase life and no prickles which is a big bonus if you're a florist! With it's rose-shaped buds, it's sometimes called 'the rose without thorns'.

It's a tricky one to grow and I'm delighted to have found a top quality British supplier that can add instant prettiness to our posies. It comes in a range of pinks, purple, salmon, white and creams and some bicolour varieties.

Originally from North America, the modern cultivated varieties were developed in Japan in the 1930s and it is said the flower represents charm, confidence and gratitude. I'm a big fan and I hope you are too!

What's in the posy?

Lisianthus, aster, gypsophila, ivy, box, limonium, antirrhinum.