Prince Harry looked so happy yesterday, as he married his ‘flower’ Meghan Markle

 

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What was in Meghan’s bouquet?

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Well as with the various other royal wedding traditions, there is royal precedent for wedding flower arrangements. Meghan’s bouquet followed a centries old tradition. Every royal wedding bouquet dating back to Queen Victoria’s wedding in 1840 contains at least one spring of myrtle.

Know that she loves peonies, we came up with our own inspiration for Meghan

 

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Well done Philippa Craddock for those pollinator friendly royal wedding flowers!

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Royal florist Philippa Craddock’s  was preparing Pink roses and white blossoms  and more for the wedding. Harry and Meghan chose Craddock to create the floral design for their wedding, both for the ceremony at St. George’s Chapel and the reception at Windsor Castle.

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“I am excited and honoured to have been chosen by Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle to design and create their wedding flowers,” Craddock said. “Working with them has been an absolute pleasure. The process has been highly collaborative, free-flowing, creative and fun.”

Craddock and her team will use flowers and plants that are naturally blooming in the wedding whenever possible, including branches of beech, birch and hornbeam. The arrangements will reportedly feature white garden roses, foxgloves, and peonies as well. After the wedding, the flowers will be shared with charitable organizations.

The plants and flowers are being provided by the Royal Parks. The Palace also shared photos from inside the Royal Parks Nursery to highlight the blooms that will be used on the big day.

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Markle and Prince Harry’s choice of wedding cake will also include a selection of fresh flowers. The lemon elderflower cake, which will be created by Claire Ptak of Violet Cakes, revealed the cake will be covered in “buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers.” Peonies will be among the arrangements at the royal wedding, Meghan revealed that the large blooms were among her favorite flowers.

 

 

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The Flower Mother-Doria Ragland

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As soon as we found out that Meghan Markle’s mother calls her Flower we had to find out more about this amazing woman.

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This is what we found.

Markle has written about her mother and their bond several times. In a 2014 Tig post called “Love Letter,” the soon-to-be royal described her in this way: “Dreadlocks. Nose ring. Yoga instructor. Social worker. Free spirit. Lover of potato chips & lemon tarts. And if the DJ cues Al Green’s soul classic “Call Me,” just forget it. She will swivel her hips into the sweetest little dance you’ve ever seen, swaying her head and snapping her fingers to the beat like she’s been dancing since the womb. And you will smile. You won’t be able to help it. You will look at her and you will feel joy. I’m talking about my mom.”

Markle credits her parents’ influence with her philanthropic instincts. “Both my parents came from little, so they made a choice to give a lot,” Markle wrote on The Tig in 2016, “buying turkeys for homeless shelters at Thanksgiving, delivering meals to patients in hospice care, donating any spare change in their pocket to those asking for it, and performing quiet acts of grace—be it a hug, a smile, or a pat on the back to show ones in need that they would be alright.”

It was her upbringing that inspired her advocacy work.

Meghan and Harry-Congratulations on your nuptials!

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Meghan Markle’s nickname is flower and more!

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We wanted to extend our congratulations to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex:

By tradition, male members of the Royal family receive a title from the monarch on their wedding day.

Harry’s titles will be His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel. Once married, Meghan will be known as Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex. She will be the first person to hold that title.

The only previous person to hold the title of Duke of Sussex was an anti-slavery campaigner and supporter of rights for Catholics and Jews, according to the Royal Collection. Prince Augustus Frederick, son of George III and Queen Charlotte, gained the title in 1801.

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Which favorite flower or jewelry did you buy for your mother for today’s Mothers Day?….don’t panic Brits we already had Mothers day- this is for the rest of the world!

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In its early days, people observed Mother’s Day by going to church, and by writing letters to their mothers. As time went on, sending cards and giving gifts and flowers were added to the tradition. Today more people purchase fresh flowers and plants for Mothers  day than any other holiday except Christmas. Although people are beginning to also give jewelry, flowers are still part of the gifting on Mothers day.
Which flowers did you give your mother today?
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By the way, no stress for us Brits, as we already celebrated Mothers day in March.
In fact in Britain and some parts of Europe, the fourth Sunday of Lent is celebrated as Mothering Day, but that has been replaced by Mother’s Day, for the most part. As already mentioned, Mothering day meant going back to your mother church , but it has now been changed to loving up on our mums !
Happy Mothers day for those who are celebrating today.
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Happy Mothers Day : USA- why different to the UK? We all still give flowers!

Beloved Flower Lover,

We have already celebrated mothers day in the UK, so sending love to all mothers in the US today.

This year, the US Mother’s Day falls on Sunday May 13.

It’s always held on the second Sunday in May, and in 2019 it will fall on Sunday May 12.

But don’t panic, we’ve already celebrated here in the UK – Mother’s Day 2018 fell on Sunday March 11 for us here.

Did you know that in the UK, Mothering Sunday’s origins have nothing to do with mums at all – it was a day for Christians to visit their “mother” church.

Traditionally, domestic servants were given the day off to return to their hometown and worship with their families.

On their way home, these youths would pick wild flowers to place in the church – or give to their mums.

The US event was launched separately and was not linked to religion but was dedicated entirely to mothers.

So there you have it!

Our best wishes to you all those who love their mothers, and nurture mothers.

 

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Flowers grown in Columbia and East Africa…how can we help the workers we ask?

Beloved Flower Lovers,

We have been travelling and seen how the flower industry operates around the world and have come back with more questions than answers.

How do we help people achieve better wages and work conditions. We are developing ideas ourselves but in the meantime we wanted to remind you of KIVA who offer loans, not donations that change lives.

We are still thinking about ‘trade rather than aid’ and so many more issues that the industry raises, but for now, we just wanted to share and remind you of KIVA , a system where you select an organisation who you want to give a loan to.calla-and-tulips-mother-teresa

 

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What do you prefer? simple hand made flowers designs for your mothers day or something more commercial?

Beloved Flower Lover,

Is it really too commercial? Mothers day we mean- no  not Valentine’s, not Easter, Not Christmas) we are taking about Mother’s day.

The Sun reports that in America, Mother’s Day was established in 1914 – thanks to campaigns by the mothers’ groups which were established during the Civil War.

Anna Jarvis, the leader of this movement, campaigned for a May date in memory of her own mum – who had died during that month.

President Woodrow Wilson formalised the date, but Anna later became frustrated with the commercialisation around Mother’s Day.

She believed the original sentiment of love and family had been sacrificed for profit.

Many other countries have since adopted America’s date.

Here in Britain, Mother’s Day always falls on the fourth Sunday of Lent.

What do you think?

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