A recent visitor to my garden stopped and gasped when she saw a mass of Solomon’s seal, declaring it to be the very plant that Kate Middleton carried with her down the aisle. “The only plant in her whole bouquet!” she added for emphasis.
Except it isn’t true. According to this article in the Guardian and many others, the famous bouquet was made up of Lily-of-the-Valley – and nothing else. It’s an old-fashioned British plant that officially symbolizes trustworthiness.
And how about the trees in the Cathedral! As you may have heard from any number of chatty commentators, they were field maples and hornbeams and their use cost a reported 50,000 pounds. I don’t care how expensive they were to rent; they turned the place into a garden and gave us hope that William may have inherited a love of plants from his dad.
In that Guardian story, one floral designer is quoted as being quite happy with the royal plant choices:
“The choice of British flowers – and of living trees that can be replanted – is very green, very zeitgeisty. And in that old-fashioned royal way, Kate and William have used this opportunity to encourage people to buy British. I’m very pleased.”
Now for some royal news that’s really local – father-of-the-groom Prince Charles came to D.C. just five days after the Big Event to talk about sustainable farming at a food conference. Almost an hour of his whirlwind 3-day visit was spent at D.C.’s only farm – Common Good City Farm – and your intrepid blogger was there to feel the excitement! Here’s the story, and here’s LOTS more photos, including a bunch I couldn’t get from where I watched.