In Meet the Blooms we go behind the scenes to take a closer look at the flowers that make up your Cinnamon Spice letterbox flowers, our very first Christmas bouquet designed to warm your cockles in those chilly wintery days ahead.
The rose is, according to fossil evidence, 35 million years old. In nature, the genus Rosa has some 150 species spread throughout the Northern Hemisphere, from Alaska to Mexico and including northern Africa. This beautiful deep red rose has been chosen to reflect the spirit of the season.
The deep purple waxy leaf of this South Africa flowering plant is almost prehistoric looking. We love it’s tactility, and the way it complements the reds and greens of Cinnamon Spice, December’s Vela letterbox bouquet.
We’ve given these silver birch twigs a festive twist with a coating of rose gold. You can hang on to these enduring once Christmas is over, and bring out again to decorate your bouquets again and again.
The name comes from the Greek hippeus meaning knight, and astron meaning star, after the resemblance of the flower to the knight’s star, a medieval weapon also known as the morning star.
Evergreen leaves are often the only solace in the winter garden, and we pick out the very best wintery foliage available to add a rich green depth to your Cinnamon Spice bouquet.
The name sake of our December bouquet, your Vela box this month will include a couple of stems with raffia wrapped cinnamon sticks to add festive scent to your Vela blooms. You can hang on to these enduring once Christmas is over, and bring out again to decorate your bouquets again and again.
Commonly known as sweet-amber or tutsan, is a plant in the genus Hypericum native to open woods and hillsides in Europe and Asia. The common name tutsan is a corruption of the French toute saine, meaning all-healthy. This is probably in reference to its healing properties of the leaves.
Nicholas Culpeper, in his 1653 publication Culpeper's Complete Herbal, advises that "Tutsan purgeth choleric humours ... both to cure sciatica and gout, and to heal burnings by fire." But he also warns us that the berries are very poisonous. So no nibbling and keep out of the way of little fingers!
Don't already have Cinnamon Spice? Get your Vela letterbox flowers here!