Every year, on the Tuesday after the October long weekend, a
phenomenon occurs at Sydney Flower Market. Florists, pacing anxiously, gather
outside one particular door waiting for the market to open. Behind that door is
a stall that sells a much sought after flower. Once the roller doors go up, it’s
chaos. What, you ask, is the source of this fevered behaviour? One word: LILAC.
Lilac has the excruciatingly short season of approximately
one month, and it also has the distinction of being one of those old-fashioned
garden flowers that provoke a powerful sense of nostalgia in many people. The
fragrance is heady and hard to define, and in fact it seems to have been the
bane of perfumers for many years. Nothing compares to the real thing!
A large-ish shrub with fulsome panicles of flowers that can
range from white, to soft pink, to mauve, to deep purple, lilac is fairly
short-lived as a cut flower, but absolutely worth a bit of effort. If cared for
correctly, it will be a stunning and memorable addition to your wedding
flowers. Lilac is gorgeous in a wedding bouquet, but be sure not to take it out
of water until it’s time to carry it down the aisle.
A favourite of those who love spring flowers, lilac works
best when used in a soft and unstructured arrangement. Mid spring brings an
absolute abundance of flowers and you’ll be spoilt for choice. Garden roses,
snowball viburnum and ranunculus are just a few of the beauties you can combine
with lilac to create the ultimate ode to spring, but really the sky is the
limit. More is more when it comes to the ramshackle nature of spring’s seasonal
For those who picture a softly lit, romantic and intimate
wedding, a vase of lilac spilling lazily onto the table could be just the