A solid(ago) choice

Klimt's Woman in Gold

Solidago

A solid(ago) favourite of mine in the plant world. Which is why I include it in our flower boxes every now and then. Solidago is a splendid plant with very green leaves and a glittering of tiny yellow flowers on top.

Solidago is usually found in large open areas such as meadows, prairies and savannahs and graces the land it grows on with a wonderful golden sprinkle. It’s also rather aptly known as ‘goldenrod’. It’s name comes from Latin ‘solidare’ meaning ‘solid’ and it’s a relative of our dear Daisy.

A solidago field in India

Golden fields

Soli-yay-go

Inventor Thomas Edison aka -Mr Light Bulb-, experimented with goldenrod to produce rubber, which it contains naturally. His experiments produced a 12 ft-tall plant that yielded 12% rubber.

The tyres on the Model T, given to him by his friend Henry Ford were made from good old solidago. Old Henners was deeply interested in the regenerative properties of soil and the potential of alternative crops. He was keen on the idea of using plants like peanuts and soybeans to produce plastics, paint, fuel and other products. Ford had long believed that the world would eventually need a substitute for gasoline, and supported the production of ethanol as an alternative fuel. Wise chap that Mr Ford.

Edison and a solidago plant
Edison and his solidago plant

Solid-useful

In herbal medicine solidago is used in a traditional kidney remedy. Some practitioners use it to counter inflammation and irritation caused by kidney stones. Solidago is also believed to help with cleansing of the kidney or bladder during a healing fast. Some Native American cultures traditionally chew the leaves to relieve sore throats, and the roots to relieve toothaches. Please don’t start gnawing away on the solidago that arrives in your flower delivery. Our stuff is purely for decorative purposes.

People arguing over their gardens
Garden Wars

Garden wars (should be a tv show)

Solidago is, in some places, considered a sign of good luck or good fortune. Considered weeds by many in North America, but they are prized as garden plants in Europe. British gardeners adopted good old solidago to have in their gardens long before Americans did. Goldenrod began to gain some acceptance in American gardening during the 1980s. Finally they realised solidago was cool. Us limeys are so ahead of the times, are we not?

Catherine Jeltes - Abstract Flower Blue
Catherine Jeltes – Abstract Flower Blue

I spy with my little eye, something that looks like flowers

Sometimes I look at paintings in galleries and a flower just pops into my head. Almost all the time the painting will not have any link to the flower I think of. Not even in the background. Think I’ve gone mad? Probably. But here are a few examples. Decide if i’m mad after.

Solidago

Klimt's Woman in Gold
Klimt’s Woman in Gold

Chrysanthemums

Van Gogh's - The Starry Night
Van Gogh’s – The Starry Night

Carthamus

Jackson Pollock - Hot 9
Jackson Pollock – Hot 9

Oriental Lily

Degas - The Star
Degas – The Star

A Red Rose

Rothko - Mauve and Orange
Rothko – Mauve and Orange

A work of art, or Freddie’s Flowers?

A Freddie's Flowers arrangement
Purple lisianthus, pico lilies, purple alstroemeria and solidago

 

Chagall - Blue Violinist
Chagall – Blue Violinist

The verdict…

”Yup, Freddie’s definetly lost it”.  But still a fun thing to do when you’re in a gallery. I recommend giving it a go. A bit like our flowers if you haven’t given us a go yet.

 

 

A Freddie's Flowers arrangement
A Freddie’s Flowers arrangement

See how I arrange this bunch here:

Our fleurs are so incredibly fresh that some of them will arrive closed. They’ll open up over the next few days and we hope you enjoy watching them open up.

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 £24 a pop and I think you’ll be quite delighted.