Darling its better down where its wetter
Fresh flowers delivered straight to your door and this week its all about Sea Lavender! How wonderful is the name sea lavender? It makes me think of Sebastian the crab singing about it under the sea. It actually even looks like a real life cartoon with its purple fluffy, hazy flowers. Also known as ‘limonium’, which comes from Latin, which originally came from the Ancient Greek word ‘Leimδn’ for ‘meadow’.
Statice, Limonium, sea lavender
Sea lavender is a plant of the Statice family and it is found on the mudflats around the coast of England and parts of Southern Scotland (although native to the Canary Islands). The species are particularly abundant in Norfolk.
When you think of the Norfolk broads you subconsciously (or consciously) place sea lavender in your imaginary picture. Well I do anyway. And now you can get the fresh flowers delivered to you so everyone can have the Norfolk broads in their living room.
Sea lavender loves salt. It is always found on salty plains next to the sea. And because of the salt it has developed a resistance to dehydration. Pretty hardcore huh? Sea lavender when cut can go for a loooonnnngggg time without water but just to warn you it will lose its lovely purple colour after a while.
Sea Lavender displays multiple branches of tiny funnel-shaped flowers. Each winged stem has thin, sword-like leaves of dark green. While the flowers are blooming, they have a delicate papery outer layer and a soft set of inner petals. The inner petals drop out leaving the outer ones behind, and they often dry naturally on the stem.
Fresh flowers delivered along with the paper
As much as I enjoy seeing sea lavender when I’m out and about it is also very lovely to see then in a vase in your kitchen. Sea lavender makes a lovely rustley papery sound when you touch it. The papery flowers of sea lavender come in a wide array of colours, including blue, violet, white, yellow, apricot, salmon, pink, rose and lavender.
Did you know you can make honey from sea lavender. Well, technically Bees can make sea lavender honey. The history of sea lavender in East Anglia is strongly connected to man’s attempt to protect the land from erosion. As a result of these protected areas larger areas of sea lavender are occurring.
And the bee’s bloody love it. Sea lavender was recognised in the 1930’s as a bee-plant as the bee’s actively seek the plant, flying up to 1km to work it. The honey that is made from the pollen collected makes a pale yellow-green colour when runny and granulates rapidly with a hard set with a smooth texture. The flavour is mild but distinctive. Bet you didn’t know I was a honey expert too? (Well I’m not, wikipedia is a marvellous thing…)
Anti-ageing you say?
It’s pretty to look at. Bees make honey from it. And now you’re telling me it’s good for my skin? Is there anything sea lavender can’t do? Sea lavender is high in vitamin C, rich in polyphenols and anti-oxidants which means it makes your skin look younger. A lot of skin care products use sea lavender root extract to keep your skin looking young and fresh! It also apparently keeps deers and moths abay. So if you have a serious deer and moth problem you better start planting sea lavender.
Another hardy flower in our arrangement that is often found on the coast is eryngium also known as Sea Holly. A personal favourite of mine with its spikey architectural blooms. Bringing a bit of sass to the arrangement or flower bed. I’ve put together my top 10 coastal flowers so next time you’re having a nice, fresh coastal walk see how many you can spot.
- Statice ‘limonium‘ – sea lavender
- Eryngium – sea holly
- Echium vulgare
- Armeria maritma – thrift
- Crambe maritima – sea kale
- Erigeron ‘sea breeze’ – fleabane
- Festuca glanca – Elijah blue
- Verbascum ‘Gainsborough’
- Rosmarinus officinalis – rosemary
- Cordyline australis
If you haven’t already why not give us a go and you can get a lovely box of Freddie’s flowers fresh flowers delivered straight to your door!