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 abundance.
For those who picture a softly lit, romantic and intimate wedding, a vase of lilac spilling lazily onto the table could be just the thing.
China Clay Floristry
Clovelly, Sydney, (02) 9665 3238