Spotlight on the Bouvardia
This delicate, star-shaped bloom is in season right now in the UK. The bloom was named in honour of Charles Bouvard, the physician to Louis XIII, King of France in the 17th Century. It is a relatively uncommon flower, but is just perfect in winter wedding designs. The bouvardia's light scent makes it the perfect bloom to place alongside white and cream roses in trailing bouquets (as seen below). It adds a touch of romance and texture to these whimsical designs.
Above it is featured in two wired wedding bouquets, more on these in a later post as we created wired bouquets at the Academy this week.
The bouvardia is a very feminine flower, one that symbolizes enthusiasm and joy. With symbolism like this you can see why it is a great choice for wedding bouquets (often this flower is used in bridesmaids bouquets). Bouvardia can have single or double star-like blooms that open from tubular necks. Thin, branching stems open up to clusters of blooming florets, the leaves are bright green and pointed. Bouvardia comes in white, pink, salmon, and red and lives for one to two weeks. The dainty flowers and soft colors bestow an air of femininity wherever they make an appearance.
I hope you enjoyed learning more about this less common flower, and that you will find a way of weaving the Bouvardia flower into your arrangements.