Crazy for cabbage!

A photo of this weeks arrangement by Freddie's Flowers

Vegetable – schmegetable!

Welcome to the magical history tour of the wonderful brassica. Over the last few years brassicas have become increasingly popular in flower arrangements. I love ornamental brassicas in flower arranging. We love the bohemian idea of having a veg in with flowers so that is exactly what we have done in this weeks arrangement. We’re all about the weird and wonderful.

It might be only recently that cabbages have branched out of meals and into interiors though the history of the cabbage is extraordinary! Check out what the brassica’s edible cousin the cabbage has been up to for the last 4000 years.

 

Brassicas in flower arranging

This is how we use brassicas in flower arranging.

Our arrangement video to arrange your brassicas to perfection

Ancient Egyptians serving up cabbage to reduce the effects of alcohol
Pass the cabbage! @finedining

Trending for millenniums

Cabbages have been cooked and eaten for more than 4,000 years. Other than its culinary prowess the cabbage is said to have medicinal properties. For example, the Ancient Greeks recommended consuming the veg as a laxative and it was used an antidote for mushroom poisoning. The Roman philosopher Pliny The Elder recommended cabbages as a hangover cure! Similarly, the Ancient Egyptians ate cooked cabbage at the beginning of meals to reduce the intoxicating effects of wine.

Remind me to serve lots of cabbage before a Freddie’s Flowers Party!

You almost can’t open a history book without cabbage popping up. Manuscript illuminations show the prominence of cabbage in the cuisine of the High Middle Ages and cabbage seeds feature among the seed list of purchases for the use of King John II of France when captive in England in 1360. What was he going to do, dig a tunnel with them? Cabbage has been trending for yonks! The instagram of the 1300s wouldn’t be awash with avocados and rainbow lattes, it’d be brassica, brassica, brassica.

Painting from the 15th C of English people harvesting cabbages
Harvesting cabbage, Tacuinum Sanitatis, 15th century.
A picture of a thousand origami white cranes
A thousand origami white cranes

Kung Fu crane

Our brassicas in this weeks flower deliveries are ‘white crane’  brassicas and with so many stories about the beauty of the cranes I thought it seems apt to tell you some. According to Japanese tradition, anyone with the patience and commitment to fold 1,000 paper cranes will be granted their most desired wish, because they have exhibited the cranes’ loyalty and recreated their beauty. I better get started on my brassica origami.

It would rude not to mention ‘white crane style’ while we’re on the subject. White crane style is a southern Chinese martial art that originated in Fijian province. It is the most recognisable by the way the fighter intimidates a birds pecking or flapping of wings. It is one of the six known schools of Shaolin Boxing. The others are based on Tiger, Monkey, Leopard, Snake and Dragon. Hmmmm… suddenly Kung Fu Panda makes a lot more sense!

In Japan, the crane is one of the mystical or holy creatures (others include the dragon and the tortoise) and symbolises good fortune and longevity because of its fabled life span of 1000 years.

Throughout Asia – the crane is a symbol of happiness and eternal youth. So technically we are bringing the fountain of youth into your homes with this arrangement. You are welcome.

 

A scene from the cartoon Kung Fu Panda
The School of Shaolin Boxing (and a panda) @Disney

If you’d like to turn your home into the best flowery spot, why not sign up and have some Freddie’s Flowers delivered to your place? It’s only £22 a pop and I think you’ll be quite delighted.