Here’s the photo that started it all, from the floral designer that really truly sparked my passion for floral design about 5 years ago, Seattle’s Ink & Peat. At first I thought the pretty layered and variegated purple and green stuff snuck in there was some kind of cool antique-y hydrangea, but it turns out to be ornamental (sometimes also called flowering) Oregano. (The berries are unripe blueberries, and how cool are they?)
This lovely discovery set me on a mission to further check the stuff out, and I love what I see! I’ll be contacting some wholesalers soon to see how regularly and when they can get it!
Designer friends, have any of you ever used it? Does it have a season to your knowledge? How does it hold up as a cut flower?
Here’s a closeup – in its natural state, it is a trailing plant that will spill / hang out of a basket if allowed to, though shorter pieces can also stick up straight. All images below are linked to their sources:
This was on Flirty Fleurs yesterday, a shot from a wholesale floral expo they attended – fun to see it in buckets in with common wedding flowers – it fits right in!
Here it is in its potted form, at a nursery:
And potted in a home:
More snippets of it used in an arrangement (back) also from Ink & Peat:
And here it is worked into another of their arrangements – it looks awesome with that bright coxcomb!
Also from Ink & Peat, this too is ornamental oregano, just a more compact headed, more purple variety: (also does anyone know what that super cool almost firework-ey looking white and pale green/pink stuff is? Tt too is very cool and new to me!)
This is from Mayfleur Designs. It looks so cool in this woodland style centerpiece!
Mayfleur is another new discovery to me (I love it when I google image a flower type and end up stumbling across a great new designer whose blog I can follow!). Because I’ve also been on a Maidenhair Fern kick, I have to post this other arrangement of theirs too – just gorgeous!
TTFN! Can’t wait to report on the weddings I’m working on this weekend with The Little Branch!