Friday, 17 February 2017

The Language of Flowers

I've always been intrigued by the meaning of flowers - how secret messages could be conveyed by the flowers that were sent from lover to lover.  The interpretation could be positive or negative - and I guess it would depend on the combination of flowers in the bouquet and the recipient's feelings or mood on the day as to how the message would be received!

For example, an arrangement that contains purple hyacinth, hydrangea with ivy sprig with white tendrils says 'I am sorry, please forgive me! Thank you for understanding - I am anxious to please you.'

So for your wedding, here are some meanings for the flowers that you might be considering....

For a spring wedding ...
Yellow and white ....
Daisies                 Innocence, loyal love, purity, faith, cheer, simplicity
Daffodils               Return my affection; new beginnings
Baby's breath        Innocence, purity of heart
Jasmine                Unconditional and eternal love 
White lilac             Youthful innocence
White lily              Purity
White roses           Virtue and purity

Pink and white ....

Peonies                   Prosperity, honor
Pale Pink roses        Desire, passion, joy of life, youth, energy
Carnations              Sweet and lovely, innocence, pure love, faithfulness
Canterbury Bells      Gratitude
Baby's breath          Innocence, purity of heart
White roses             Virtue and purity

For a summer wedding ...

Red and white....

Red carnations      Deep romantic love, passion
Red roses               True love
Scarlet lily            High souled aspirations
Lily of the Valley   Sweetness, humility, returning happiness, trust
Plum blossom       Beauty and longevity   

Peach and grey ....

Peach blossom      Long-life, generosity, and bridal hope
Thistle                  Nobility     
Protea                  Courage
Pink roses             Grace
For an autumn / fall wedding ...

Autumn colours ...

Burgundy roses           Unconscious beauty
Orange roses              Desire, passion
Red and yellow roses   United
Orchids                       Refined beauty

For a winter wedding ...

Classic white - or white and silver ...
Moonflower          Dreaming of love
Lavender             Devotion
Blue rose             Love at first sight

I hope you've enjoyed reading about the meanings of wedding flowers - come and visit us at DunnCrafting to see our selection of beautiful bouquets, pomanders and buttonoles.  

We welcome custom orders and will be delighted to work with you to match your own unique colour theme

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Mother's Day - 26th March 2017

There are any number of quotes for Mother's Day - some beautiful, some thoughtful, some smaltzy.  At the heart of them all is knowing that we would not be here if it weren't for mothers!

In appreciation of all those wonderful women we know - the mothers, whether new, experienced, or grandmothers - this blog gives some tips - and gifts - to show how much they are loved.

1  Breakfast in Bed - for any mum!

Dads - get the kids involved!  A cup of coffee or tea, some toast inexpertly spread with large dollops of marmalade, maybe a crumpet sticky with honey - all placed on a tray that is carried perilously up the stairs ..... and of course, with a flower...  

This beautiful pendant is available from

2   For the new mum....

Dads.... Change the baby, warm the bottle - or hand over to mum for feeding, making sure she has everything she needs to hand... while you put the kettle on ....
and get breakfast ready for her, burp and soothe baby, put baby down to sleep, and take your lovingly prepared tray of breakfast upstairs to mum - or if she's beaten you to it, lay the table, fresh coffee, warm rolls or croissants - and add a little something that says....

How sweet is this?  From

3 For Granny...

These great ladies are particularly special - they made us possible, often care for grandchildren and are an almost infinite source of stories and wisdom.  My old mum became bed-bound in her final years and loved a little pot of artificial marigolds that brightened up her room.  So here's a gift idea from me at

A beautiful table centre with faux silk rosebuds  - perfect for a bedroom too

 Do pop over to these great UK Etsy sellers and browse their range of gifts

Happy Mother's Day