Stock – a wonderfully fragrant flower
Yesterday, I had such a wonderful day at the Chelsea Flower Show in London and took a lot of photos and notes! Over the coming days, I’ll be sharing my visit with you on my blog.
In the meantime, today’s post is all about stocks, which were very popular at Chelsea, both in the show gardens and the floristry demonstrations.
I remember the first time I came across them was when I was working for a florist in London and one of the freelance florists was saying how much she loved the amazing fragrance that they have.
She described it as clove-like…and they really do smell like this spice.
As a plant, they’re very popular in cottage gardens and have been grown since Victorian times.
Below is an overview of the Stock: –
What is the Latin name?
What is it commonly known as?
What does it look like?
Clusters of round double flowers forming a spike at the top of each stem. They’re generally available in white, pink, purple, yellow and red.
When can you buy them?
Their peak season is from March to August.
Where can you buy them from?
Florists, supermarkets and garden centres.
How do you look after them?
Remove all the foliage below the water level. Cut the stems on a slant with scissors and place them in a clean vase with fresh water and flower food.
Did you know?
These sweet-scented flowers are named after Italian botanist Pietro Andrea Mattioli.
They’re related to the cabbage family and are also known as gillyflower.
Stocks represent lasting beauty and symbolise a happy life.
So do treat yourself to some stocks….they really are an inexpensive and great way to bring a natural fragrance to any room in your home.
(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)