So what’s been in season this summer then?

Now that the temperature has dropped few degrees and jumpers are aren’t just making guest appearances after the sun goes down, it is time to have a look back to see what trends of summer 2018 got us the most excited.

Make more of your floral decor!

Now that the temperature has dropped a few degrees and jumpers aren’t just making guest appearances after the sun goes down, it is time to have a look back to see what trends of summer 2018 got us the most excited.

It is pretty safe to say that this summer has been quite possibly one of the most brilliant summers to date. The glorious heat wave that seemed to never end (until now). The World Cup… Poldark! What utterly feverish madness.

To match this wonderful summer we’ve delivered an array of different floral variations to your door; from phlox to peonies to agapanthus to alliums. Each box representing the wonderful summer we’ve had.

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So what are my favourite things of this years summer trends?

Happi to go more Wabi-Sabi!

To start off give the Hygge a hug goodbye and say wassup to Wabi-Sabi. The new lifestyle mood to live your life by.

Wabi-Sabi is all about bringing out those homey features that make a home a home. Beauty in imperfection. Celebrate life’s flaws with crumpled throws, distressed walls and messy(ish) beds.

Of course this doesn’t mean live like Tracy Emin’s Unmade Bed but by living with your house being imperfect it will clear your conscious of the modern stereotypes you believe you have to live up to and accept yourself for who you are. Leaving you with a happier way of life. Of course it is said Freddie’s Flowers go very well with the Wabi-Sabi way of life.

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Jungle prints that will send you wild!

Last year it was all about bright flower and tropical prints but this year it’s all about going deep into the jungle and bringing out the darker greens for your walls.

Framed jungle prints to feel like you’re looking out the window into the depths of the Amazonian rainforest. Transport your home to a forest far far away. When you relax in the evening after a long and stressful day I like to think if you shut your eyes you can hear the sound of the jungle animals. Or maybe… that’s just sound of your kids getting ready for bath time.

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Blurring the boundaries.

Blurred Lines maybe a song from 2013 but for 2018 it’s all about blurred boundaries. I’m not talking about squinting really hard at your living room but actually an architectural movement recreated as an interior movement.

Blurring the boundaries of your room is meant to reconnect your interior space with nature. By adding large plants or flower arrangements (like ours) in the corners of your room it is meant to break up the boundaries and make it feel like a larger more alfresco space. The indoors meets the outdoors without having any windows actually open.

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Absolutely berserk for astrantia.

We went mad for the gorgeous astrantia in our bike baskets earlier this summer. You may have noticed our lovely bikes around and about town, next time come and say hello. But if missed them I’m sure you would have certainly seen them in Meghan’s bouquet at the Royal Wedding to the lovable rogue Prince Harry earlier this year.

The name ‘astrantia’ comes from the latin ‘aster’ meaning star. And it really is a star of a flower in any arrangement with its beautifully crisp outer petals and soft pom pom inner stamens. The are discreet but certainly not missed.

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Traditional techniques that’ll make you go weak!

Finally all the things I have picked up from the little markets on my holidays have come into fashion. Begging my wife to take a moth eaten rug back to England has finally paid off and worth all the eye rolls I’ve got in the past.

Heavily textured and woven hangings, rugs and curtains are all the rage. It’s all about emphasis on the traditional techniques and handmade items celebrating the history and story behind each piece.

Who doesn’t love it when someone comes over to your house and says ”oh, well that is interesting… where did you get that?’ and you go ‘well, funny you should ask, Marjorie. I actually picked up this little number in a lovely little craft market in a hill village just outside of Granada”. Watch Marjorie’s face as she realises this is a one off piece and she can’t pop to Peter Jones to copy you.

We love all things rustic. Evident in our bikes across town and our boxes we deliver our flowers in. To avoid any plastic (plastic is sooooo lame) we deliver our flowers in recyclable boxes and wrap up our flowers in brown craft paper. The craft paper is also perfect to draw on or to wrap presents in.

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The big five.

So there you have it. My top five must have summer 2018 trends. Be more Wabi-Sabi and hang dark jungle prints on your walls to feel like your at one and happy with nature. Blur the boundaries of your room with plants and flowers to reconnect your interior space with the outside or as I like to call it your ‘exterior-interior’. And add more astrantia to your life because who doesn’t want to be like the new Duchess. I mean I know I do.

If you’d like to turn your home into the trendiest home in town, 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.

 

What wonderful interior trends are so hot right now?

Since the beginning of floral time flowers and interiors have gone together like bread and butter or cheese and wine. So I thought I would take you through a few of my favourite trends of 2018.

They go together like birds of a feather

Since the beginning of floral time flowers and interiors have gone together like bread and butter or cheese and wine. So I thought I would take you through a few of my favourite trends of 2018. You know me, I’m all about the latest fashion.

 

So what are these innovative ideas?

Keen for green?

Green interiors
Keen for green

Not only am I talking about keeping the Earth safe but also keeping the colours on trend in your house from all those style gurus out there. Forest/cactus and jungle are the greens we must have in our homes according to 2018’s mantra. As a lover of all things green Freddie’s Flowers are all over this.

Doors that make a statement

Doors that make a statement
Hello door

Show stopping doors are popping up all over London at the moment. It’s hard to walk down the street without thinking you could be on the set of Teletubbies with the colour palettes flying around. But my lord am I a fan. It certainly brightens up rainy London makes you feel like you’re walking on the set of a musical, ‘Singing in the Rain’ maybe?!

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ice cream colours
Ice cream colours

Walls that make you want to lick them. No, I’m not talking about Willy Wonker’s guided tour around his factory, but the fact that ice-cream colours are all the rage for your home. Who wouldn’t want a room that looked so good you could eat it?

Foliage is a go-liage

Jungle interiors
Jungle is massive

Not only is green apparently the perfect backdrop colour for your home but so is masses of foliage stylishly designed all around the room. Cascading leaves, tumbling down to give the perfect rainforesty feel. Enjoyed The Jungle Book? Well you now can live it in your home.

Mediterranean inspiration
Marvellous Med

Magnificent Mediterranean

Geometric shapes are the latest must have in terms of light fittings, tiles and shelving it turns out it’s inspiration behind it is the Mediterranean. The colour palette draws from the bold colours and easy styles of the Mediterranean villages. And bring in the flowers! Brilliant tones of orange, blue and gold to pop against hues of beige and cream. Bright sunflowers, blue agapanthus and orange dahlias burst against Sahara roses. That is a room i’d like to be in.

Botanical prints
Botanical style

Botanical prints

While botanical prints have always been in style and will always be in style, what makes this seasons must have so fresh and so high in demand is hand-drawn or painted prints. Sketches on fabric. What’s not to love?!

 

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

Get that flowery feelin’

Now what goes so well with the latest interior fashion fads? Flowers of course! Top up your homey haven with a fresh weekly delivery of Freddie’s Flowers. Our arrangements will make any room in your house pop.

 

If you’d like to turn your home into the best on trend flower 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.

 


Featured photo by Liana Mikah

My favourite easy-to-do Easter table looks

As the weather changes and England shakes off its winter coat, Easter arrives to remind us

The flower bunny

As the weather changes and England shakes off its winter coat, Easter arrives to remind us of the new life that is growing in all the beautiful plants around us.

Are you starting to lose sleep over the idea of Easter? How much food to get? Is Cousin Bill bringing his latest squeeze? Is there enough room? Flowers! What flowers shall I get?

Well take your panic hat off and throw it away because I am hear to hold your hand and guide you through this Easter. Well on the flower front. I can’t help if Cousin Bill brings his date or not.

Easter eggs
Choccy woccy do dah

With our arrangements this week I thought I would show you some fun ideas to spice up your Easter table or your Easter day. Not that there is anything wrong with the old classic of flowers in a vase, but just incase you wanted to add a bit of panache with your Easter.

Here are a few ideas that maybe you’ll want to try out.

Garland by name, garland by nature

Your very own Freddie’s Flower crown. With my last name being Garland I know I’ll be wearing one throughout Easter. And if you make your own please send pictures to us. We would love to see your own flower crowns. Simply made with Pink Floyd alstroemeria, Le Belle roses and pink lisianthus. Bringing a little bit of Woodstock 69 to the table.

Where is Peter Rabbit?

Easter displays @lovegrowswild
The flower bunny @lovegrowswild

Why not try this rather unique table display? Be warned, Peter Rabbit might try to gatecrash your lunch. But it would be worth it for this winning look.

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Egg vases
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Wondering what to do with your left over eggs after breakfast. Here is a lovely idea to spice up the table to make it as Eastery as possible.

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Or actually in this case, do.

Egg basket
Egg basket

Go out and find yourself a hen or if that’s too much faff buy some eggs. Give them a paint and add them in with some of our flowers. They will bring out your inner funky chicken when the kitchen turns into a dance floor after lunch.

Just hanging around

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Stick to something special

Whenever I am around and about walking Claude I always pick up things along my way. Sticks and twigs are absolutely perfect for making displays out of. A few coloured eggs, a couple of ribbons and hey-presto you have yourself a wonderful mini Easter egg tree.

Tulips
Ring a ring a tulips @percol_coffee

Over to you

So at the risk of sounding like a Blue Peter (rabbit) presenter, why not try it out at home and come up with Easter ideas for your table. If you do try any of these out or your own ideas then please do send us a picture as we would love to see our flowers being all clever and brightening up your home this Easter.

For your Easter floral look why not Sign up to a weekly box of Freddie’s Flowers for just £24 a pop. We deliver a different selection each week for you to arrange. They’re fresh from the grower, too!

 

Affirming a friendship through flowers

People say how they feel in such different ways these days; a text, an email, a bunch of alternative flowers, maybe even a messenger pigeon.

People say how they feel in such different ways these days; a text, an email, a bunch of alternative flowers, maybe even a messenger pigeon.

Don’t worry, I’m not about to bang on about Valentine’s day – it’s too early for even me, a flower enthusiast, to talk the language of lurve with flowers quite yet. I simply love that there’s a day dedicated to friendship! Calligraphy pens at the ready, people, today is the official ‘send a card to a friend day’. Totally void of gushy love stuff; just pure appreciation.

So January had January blues whilst February gets friendship, that’s more like it! But what’s even better? Discovering that there’s a language that goes above and beyond the epistolary gesture. And, knowing me, it comes in the form of flowers, of course …

 

The proof is in the post

That feeling of knowing that someone’s thinking of you is, as Tina Turner would say, simply the best.

These days, a card can say more to us than a bunch of flowers can. Just think how many different sections there are in a card shop! Flowers tend to mean love, thanks, apologies, condolences, that sort of thing. Back in the day, a single flower, varying in colour or form, could hold real depth of meaning.

Freddie's flowers send alternative flowers instead of alternative cards
A card for every occasion. Image credit

Seeing as the first penny postage stamp wasn’t introduced until 1840, greeting cards weren’t exactly popular for a fair old while. But for the middle class Victorians, there was an ever increasing popular way of communicating a little bit of love and appreciation. Or hatred. Ooh!

 

When you can’t send a card, what’s your alternative?

Alternative flowers, of course!

The Victorians were big flora and fauna enthusiasts. I’ve heard that even seaweed collecting and fern sampling were up there with their favourite pastimes. What a joyous day out; pootling along, petticoats pulled up, keeping an eye out for a new seaweed species.

A seaweed collection sample. Image credit

But when they’re not out collecting fauna? They were deciphering floral code. Sounds way more MI5 than it is but floriography was a big deal. 

To the untrained eye, a bouquet was a bouquet but boy oh boy are the meanings deeper than that. When a bouquet was hand delivered to the doorstep (not in big brown boxes, yet), the blooms held a mountain of meaning.

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Flower dictionaries in hand, let’s have a little look at what subliminal floral messages we’ve been sending out recently:

 

Amaryllis

Meaning: ‘splendid beauty and pride’.

Amaryllis as alternative flowers

Remember when we plonked a boxful of splendidly beautiful red amaryllis on your doorstep just in time for Christmas? They were certainly something to be proud of, don’t you think? Just you wait for the white ones coming up!

 

White tulips, alstroemeria, aster, white roses

Meaning: ‘I am worthy of you; your charm, innocence and daintiness. I offer devotion and fortune’.

Wowie! If you’re a Freddie’s Flowers customer you’ll be getting tulips this week and the next three weeks (tis the season) so now you know my intentions!

 

Pink blooms, irises, pink snapdragons, waxflower

Meaning: ‘a rich, faithful and wonderful friendship towards a gracious lady’

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Irises are the top alternative flowers when it comes to friendship. How fitting on ‘send a card to a friend day’.

 

Rhododendrons

Meaning: danger, beware, I am dangerous

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Now, I’m not one to dwell on what alternative flowers you might send to an enemy. Always fun to know though, eh? There’s simply no confusion when it comes to a rhododendron. Thank god we don’t pop them our flower deliveries!

 

Alternative flowers for an alternate message

So, when sending a card to a friend, why not try hiding the message in a Freddie’s box? And a cute little pressed flower in the card that they can keep until next year, too? Be sure to pop a flower dictionary in there so there’s no misunderstanding!

Ollie and Harry know friendships are better when flowers are involved

Go on then, start deciphering the messages embedded in your blooms by giving us a go for only £24 a pop!

 

Flowers that look like festive things

It’s that time of year when it’s almost impossible to do anything without feeling at least a bit festive. You look around and you find yourself immersed in festive floral things morning, noon and night. Okay maybe the floral aspect is just me but still! The lights have been turned on, the shops are rammed and wrapping paper rolls are knocking peoples’ knees at every turn.

The Christmas countdown is upon us!

While everyone else is shopping until they’re dropping, I’m unveiling how my flower-filled brain sees festive floral things in everything. Continue reading “Flowers that look like festive things”

Freddie’s guide to festive flowers and firs

As an avid Christmas lover, the idea of choosing festive flowers and the tree of all trees fills me with joy. I remember running around the carpark-turned-tree-maze sizing them up, trying to find the biggest one to beg my parents to buy. All the while with a childish disregard of the fact that it wouldn’t fit in the house, let alone the front door. Or the car.

I was young back then but not much has changed.

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A common sight at this time of year. Image credit

Flora and fauna are one in the same. As with your festive flowers, your Christmas tree deserves to flourish. From picking the right shape to the right stand, here are the bits and bobs you need to be the envy of all the evergreens.

 

The delight of the right conifer

When you’re buying a Christmas tree you’ve got two thought processes; to drop or not to drop, and spiky versus soft. Such conundrums put the spruce and the fir head to head.

The Norway spruce

All you need to set the scented scene for Christmas is the smell of pinewood and mince pies. You’re in luck; the Norway spruce is at the forefront of fragrant firs!

The classic Norway spruce. Image credit

Did you know that the Norway spruce is Europe’s most coveted Christmas tree thanks to Prince Albert? in 1841 he dressed this delightful evergreen in lights for his beloved Queen Victoria. The Norway spruce is a real beauty that doesn’t disappoint on looks and hosts fairy lights like no other.  If you want to keep it right royal this Christmas, this is the tree for you.

Illustration of the first Christmas tree
“The Queen’s Christmas tree at Windsor Castle”, 1841. Image credit

I suppose Prince Albert didn’t need to worry about hoovering though. Norway spruces fall foul of some hefty amounts of early needle droppage. A real problem for carpet lovers. No one wants to get a needle through their new Christmas socks.

Lovely but mighty spiky! Image credit

And you certainly don’t want your kids tree hugging for the first time, only to come out looking like a pinewood porcupine.

 

The Nordmann fir

On the other side of things, we have the Nordmann fir. Finnish botanist Alexander von Nordmann (hence the name) brought this tree over from the Caucasus mountains to compete with the popular Norway spruce.

The fluffy Nordamann fir. Image credit

And compete it does!

The Nordmann is climbing the Christmas wishlist with it’s non drop needle claim. Its softer spikes makes it child friendly too. Not that i’d encourage kids to hug this tree either.

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You will have to sacrifice an extra couple of quid and find a fabulously festive candle to fill the forest fragrance void though.

Too much? I think so! Image credit

The demand for needle rights

Okay, so you’ve chosen the nature of your tree, let’s make sure you know how to nurture it! There’ll be no unnecessary needle droppage in your household.

  • Ready it, steady it and saw the bottom

We know to snip the ends of all our festive flowers. And the Christmas tree is no exception! When you’re ready to take the green giant (or not so giant) out of the cold and into your home, saw a bit off the base (about an inch is perfect). This will  allow the trunk to take up the water good and proper.

Approach with saw-tion! Image credit

And just as every bunch of festive flowers needs the right vase, every tree needs the right stand. If your tree trunk’s a little too thick, don’t go sawing the bark off to wedge it in – the bark actually absorbs the most water. Instead it might be time for a stand upgrade.

  • Give your tree a very regular festive refill

Trees drink a lot. We’re talking up to 2 pints of water a day. That’s definitely more than your average bunch of festive flowers! Top up your tree’s tipple just like you do Grandma’s sherry glass and all will be well (and merry).

 

  • More festive away from the fireplace

Tempting as it is, your Christmas tree won’t thank you for the cosy spot by the fire. It’ll go that ‘i’ve just been on holiday in Barbados’ brown. And for a tree, that’s not a good look.

It’s not a good look for Ross in Friends, either. Image credit

Festive flowers to finish

Now you know the secrets to the almighty evergreen, how about you pop the icing on the Christmas cake? We’ve got the flowers to compliment that little bit of forest you’ve brought into your front room. 

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Feeling festive! Here’s our roses, bouvardia, eucalyptus cinerea and silver parvifolia.

 

So what are you waiting for? Get festively furnished and give us a go for £24 a pop!

A few flowerful secrets to make sure you’re party season prepped

Christmas and all its frivolities (including Christmas flower deliveries) are here! ‘Who wants a mince pie?’ chimes around offices, homes, playgrounds and winter picnics (if you’re brave enough). We’ll be opening advent calendar windows before breakfast in no time.

I absolutely adore Christmas. Just love it. So bring on the plethora of pies, parties and pleasure that all that mulled wine, chocolate and good cheer brings. To enjoy the season robustly, one must be in robust health. Nothing worse than coughing all the way through the carol concert, or sneezing all over the cheeseboard. Continue reading “A few flowerful secrets to make sure you’re party season prepped”

Photo gallery – October’s weird and wonderful

Photo gallery

Nothing makes us happier than when we see photographs of our flowers in their new home. Thank you to our lovely gang of customers who have sent in and posted photographs. Swapping jumper for thick coats we are well on our way to winter now and our beautiful arrangements have been mirroring the seasonal change. Saying goodbye to summer with lisianthus and sedum. Welcoming the changing of the leaves with blustery brassicas and bouvardia. Lovely indoor fires with fuego blooms, red lilies and  carthamus. And a halloween extravaganza with kangaroo paws.

So here is a little gallery of a few of the photos you lovely people sent in. We wish we could put them all up!

We reckon your arrangement are works of art, so they deserve their own gallery. Share your own Freddie’s Flower pics with on FacebookTwitter or Instagram, or drop us an email at freddie@freddiesflowers.com – and perhaps you’ll feature in the next one!

 

A vase of a pottery head
Talk about a fashion statement @tinyartandcraftgallery

 

Carthamus and kangaroo paws
Cartha-may-i @travellingcatdarcy

 

Flowers and music
A floral playlist @haleymmyles

 

Flowers and a box
A Mexican standoff @houseofthreelondon

 

Pumpkins and flowers
A halloween special @scumblegoosie

 

Lilies and healthy food
Flowers and food @yogagis_yoga

 

Flowers outside
Not actual lemons @canalsidecalm
A cup of tea surrounded by flowers
Time for tea @carpediememmie

 

Flowers on the bedside
Lazy mornings @teandbiscuits_x

 

Flowers in a coffee shop
Coffee and fleurs to start the day @sound.coffee.happiness

 

Flowers and pumpkins
Hello halloween @chagrinnamontoast

 

Flowers in a bike
I like to ride my bicycle @jennandiris

 

Open lilies
Indoor fireworks @jacquiruddock

 

An autumnal bunch
Moody and mysterious @sound.coffee.happiness

 

Paintings and flowers
Art and art @greatthings17

 

Tiles and flowers
We need those tiles @fairydoo

 

Red lily and carthamus
Halloween heaven @alisonlovesvintage

 

Detail of a red lily
Lovely lily @rosalindfurlong

 

Flowers and cushions

Pineapples and cabbages @katy_at_the_manor

 

Flowers and interiors
Interiors to be jealous of @cruzma

 

Flowers at the breakfast table
The perfect brecky @teandbiscuits_x

 

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 for just £22!

 

Roses and a picnic basket
Last of the picnics @callmeliz92

Double, double toil and trouble…

Fang-tastic flowers

In this weeks blog I’ve decided to explore some of the weird and wonderful flowers out there. All inspired by the flower carthamus which you will find in our arrangement this week, oh, and it’s halloween too of course.

Carthamus Tinctorius

This flower rather reminds me of a pumpkin and what an apt flower to put in the halloween arrangement. I mean look at it… It’s a hybrid of a pumpkin and a little firework and with it being halloween and bonfire night season it’s a perfect autumn arrangement.

A photograph of the flowers carthamus
Pumpkin, firework hybrids

Cartha-must-have

Carthamus, also known as Safflower is one of humanities oldest crops. The Ancient Egyptians used it to dye their clothes and made garlands out of them. They even found them scattered about in the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun.

Death masque of Tutankhamun
Death masque of Tutankhamun @brisitishmuseum 

Not just a pretty (fluffy) face

Traditionally, the carthamus crop was grown for its seeds. The seed oil was used for preventing heart disease. And it was used as a cooking oil. It was also used to colour cosmetics and to dye fabrics.

Photograph of this weeks arrangement with carthamus, lilies and lorel
Lanterns, pumpkins and fireworks in this weeks arrangement

Shakespeare and his potions

To get in the spirit of all hallows eve here are some spells and potions. You may know Will Shakespeare for his poetry but did you know he’s a master of potions, too?

A image of love potion taking over Bottom from a midsummer's nights dream
Love potion taking over@thistleandtoad

Love potions

One of Shakespeare’s most famous potions is used by the fairy Puck in A Midsummer Nights Dream.  It’s made from a flower called ‘love-in-idleness’, otherwise known as the wild pansy (viola tricola).

The juice of it on sleeping eye-lids laid
Will make or man or woman madly dote
Upon the next live creature that it sees –
Oberon

As you’ll remember, the stuff actually works (in the play) and it wreaks havoc on several characters. After Oberon drops the love juice in sleeping Titania’s eyes, the Fairy Queen wakes up and falls in love with Bottom. Puck also squeezes the love potion in Lysander’s eyes and, when he wakes up and sees Helena, Lysander forgets all about his girlfriend and becomes fixated on her instead. This goes on and on until Oberon and Puck take pity on their victims and whip up an antidote, which is the “juice” of a different kind of flower – “Dian’s bud”.

Poisons

Is it really a Shakespeare play if there is no poison or potion in it? I don’t think so.

Apparently Shakespeare was not content with just being the greatest playwright ever in the English language but he was also an expert amateur botanist. With a deep knowledge of home grown and exotic plants showing in his work.

According to Mary Willes (Author of ‘A Shakespearean Botanical’) Shakespeare mentions 49 specific flowers, veg, fruit and herbs in his plays.

And another one bites the dust

Upon my secure hour thy uncle stole; With juice of cursed hebenon in a vial;And in the porches of my ears did pour.’

Hamlet, Act 1 Scene 5

King Hamlet, father to Prince Hamlet and brother to Claudius dies seemingly in his sleep, but the young prince soon discovers that poison in the ear was in fact the cause. With Shakespeare’s knowledge of botany he knew exactly what to mix up to make a deadly potion. (In the plays).

Scientists and scholars have wondered what Shakespeare meant by “cursed hebenon”. There may be a few possibilities including hemlock, nightshade, yew, ebony and henbane. Indeed henbane looks the closest in spelling, and the active ingredient in henbane is hyoscyamine, which if concentrated to a high degree could be lethal to humans.

A painting of the three witches from Macbeth
Double, double, toil and trouble @gettyimages

As it’s Halloween we can’t ignore the most evil and probably hands down the scariest characters in the whole of Shakespeare’s works; The Three Witches from Macbeth. I thought I would include their most gruesome spell. Don’t try it at home.

The Witches’ Spell

A dark Cave. In the middle, a Caldron boiling. Thunder.
Enter the three Witches.

1 WITCH. Thrice the brinded cat hath mew’d.
2 WITCH. Thrice and once, the hedge-pig whin’d.
3 WITCH. Harpier cries:—’tis time! ’tis time!
1 WITCH. Round about the caldron go;
In the poison’d entrails throw.—
Toad, that under cold stone,
Days and nights has thirty-one;
Swelter’d venom sleeping got,
Boil thou first i’ the charmed pot!
ALL. Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
2 WITCH. Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg, and owlet’s wing,—
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
ALL. Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
3 WITCH. Scale of dragon; tooth of wolf;
Witches’ mummy; maw and gulf
Of the ravin’d salt-sea shark;
Root of hemlock digg’d i the dark;
Liver of blaspheming Jew;
Gall of goat, and slips of yew
Sliver’d in the moon’s eclipse;
Nose of Turk, and Tartar’s lips;
Finger of birth-strangled babe
Ditch-deliver’d by a drab,—
Make the gruel thick and slab:
Add thereto a tiger’s chaudron,
For the ingrediants of our caldron.
ALL. Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
2 WITCH. Cool it with a baboon’s blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.

Act IV, Scene 1 from Macbeth (1606)

Plants to beware(wolf) of

Wolfsbane

Wolfsbane has long been associated with werewolves. In most stories, wolfsbane has been known to keep werewolves away. However, if you ask J.K Rowling, it also prevents a person from turning into a werewolf during a full moon.

A photo of wolfsbane outside
Beware of the werewolves

Witch Hazel

A detailed photo of witch hazel growing on a tree
Witchy witch hazel

Not only is this plant interesting because it blooms in the autumn, it also has some pretty cool seed pods. When the seeds are ready, the pods pop and the seeds shoot outwards. In fact, this pop is so powerful that you can actually hear it! Witch Hazel plants produce thin yellow petals that look wild and stringy.

Doll’s Eyes (Actaea Pachuypoda)

berries that are known as doll's eyes because of their eye like appearance
Creepy old dolls eyes

This plant is pretty toxic so most herbivores avoid them. However, birds appear to be immune. By carrying the berries, birds help spread the Doll’s eyes’ seeds to new places. This plant is named after its white berries, which look like old-fashioned china doll’s eyes. Sure, they are berries, but we wouldn’t want to be walking alone in a forest with hundreds of little eyes watching you? No thank you!

Dracula Orchids

A photo of the Dracula orchid which looks like an open mouth
RRRAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!

Dracula orchids smell like mushrooms. This is done on purpose to trick fruit flies that pollinate mushrooms into pollinating them as well. Sure they are pretty scary but I’d take them any day over these guys up next.

Skull Orchids

A photo of a string of skull orchids
On all levels. No thank you.

Actually part of the snap dragon family. When in bloom, snap dragon flowers are absolutely beautiful. However, their seed pods look much more macabre, looking like little skulls hanging off a branch.

Ghost Plant

a photo of ghost plants that only grow in the dark
Probably the creepiest of all the plants

Ghost plants can only exist where this fungi is present, which makes it very difficult to grow in gardens (not that you would really want to unless you were Morticia Adams). Not only are Ghost plants white but they also live in the dark. Unlike most plants, they don’t rely on light to grow.

And on that creepy note I hope you all have a wonderful halloween. And if you’re not already a customer why don’t you not trick but treat yourself by signing up to Freddie’s Flowers.

 

If you’d like to turn your home into the best autumnal flower 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.

 

 

Photo gallery – September’s stupendous arrangements

Photo gallery

Nothing makes us happier than when we see photographs of our flowers in their new home. Thank you to our lovely gang of customers who have sent in and posted photographs. Bringing Autumn firmly in the forefront of our minds September showed some cosy collections such as sweet williams, brassicas, lisanthus and the and the sophisticated sedum.

So here is a little gallery of a few of the photos you lovely people sent in. We wish we could put them all up!

We reckon your arrangement are works of art, so they deserve their own gallery. Share your own Freddie’s Flower pics with on FacebookTwitter or Instagram, or drop us an email at freddie@freddiesflowers.com – and perhaps you’ll feature in the next one!

A close up photo of a mohican allium
Rockin’ a mohican allium @s11ona

 

A photograph of the flowers laid out in a kitchen
A modern layout @zoestirling

 

A detail of yellow sunflowers
Last breath of summer @ Misti
A cat keeping the flowers safe
On guard! @Sally Dixon

 

A photograph of sunflowers in a home
Scandi Jaune @saltykissesandsandytoes

 

A photograph of sedum and avalanche roses
Sophisticated sedum @kevinbrewis

 

Postcard perfect @thegirlnextdoor
Postcard perfect @thegirlnextdoor

 

Photo of the roses and sedum arrangement
That jug tho @ailiewilliams

 

A picture of lots of arrangements on a desk
Working form home @squeekymuffin

 

Lilies and ornithagalums in a mirrow
”How do I look?” @philchales

 

A close up of the pink sedum flower
Pretty in pink @ofbeautyand

 

A photograph of the sedum and roses arrangement with crazy wallpaper
Trying to be incognito @colony.london

 

A photograph of three arrangements
A few of my favourite things @

 

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 for just £24!

 

A photograph of a customers sunflower arrangment
Bringing sunshine back @valentinajacome

Photo gallery – August’s wonderful arrangements!

Nothing makes us happier than when we see photographs of our flowers in their new home. Thank you to our lovely gang of customers who have sent in and posted photographs. August starred some big hitters such as chrysanthemum blooms, sea lavender, ornithogalum and the wonderful snowberries to welcome in the Autumn,

So here is a little gallery of a few of the photos you lovely people sent in. We wish we could put them all up!

We reckon your arrangement are works of art, so they deserve their own gallery. Share your own Freddie’s Flower pics with on FacebookTwitter or Instagram, or drop us an email at freddie@freddiesflowers.com – and perhaps you’ll feature in the next one!

 

Blooms, avalanche roses, thlaspi, phlox
In pride of place @Ann-Marie Graves
A box with the welcome box and lisanthus
Welcome to a flowerful life @dustyorange3
Sea lavender arrangement on a blue cabinet
The sea lavender, the lissys, that cabinet! @ohlookapigeon
Oriental lilies, ornithogalum and eucalyptus arrangement
Oriental lilies, ornithogalum and eucalyptus to perfection @omgitsalli
Agapanthus, solidago, aster, phlox
Take me to the beach @Debbie Pointon
cat in a box
My box! @libertytuliptwo
Agapanthus, phlox, aster, solidago
Matchy, matchy. Aggie Paggies! @caleighalexandra
A little pug called monkey next to the box and arrangement
Someone’s excited @monkeythepug
Lilies, ornathogalum, eucalyptus Viktoria
Lilies hosting their own party! @lisawong
A lovely Kitchen with bunting and Freddie's Flowers arrangement
Bringing home the bunting @sarahnortoninteriors

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!

photo of lisianthus, eringium and sea lavender
Could almost be a painting @sutty83