Baby’s Breath….The alternatives.

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Babys breath, or to use its proper title Gypsophila. I have to confess……I hate it. Natasha will verify this!

Now having said that, forgive my brutal honesty, I do understand its popularity. It is a people pleaser, brides love it because it is ‘cheap’ and delicate and neutral. Florists love it because it is cheap and indestructible (I mean seriously. You cant kill it!). But just because it is cheap and indestructible, does that mean we have to use it?

Gypsophila has been done to death, every second wedding has got Gypsophila somewhere and some weddings ONLY have it! It lacks any imagination or creativity and it stinks…literally…stinks, hence the name ‘Baby’s Breath. Who wants their bridal bouquet to smell like bad breath?

Ok so maybe the smell isn’t that pungent, but put enough of it together and you’ll be looking over your shoulder to see whos looking while you check your breath!

I go to great lengths to persuade my clients that they really don’t want Gypsophila. Not least of which they are coming to me for 2 reasons, 1- I am a creative genius (trumpet fanfare!) and 2- is I grow my own flowers. ( I don’t grow Gypsophila). I offer alternatives to ‘Gyp’, as if its the delicate tiny flowers that is your buzz there are lots of alternatives, and best of all these alternatives give me the scope to get my creative genius out! So here are my alternatives, all of which I grow.

 Achillea The Pearl. Just like Gypsophila, it is almost indestructible. Elegant sprays of pure white double blooms, slightly larger flower size than Gyp, but only slightly. Available all summer long.

 Omphalodes, This is one of my most treasured little plants. Very similar to Gypsophila, tiny pure white flowers in large sprays, unlike Gyp, Omphalodes smells so sweet! Unfortunately though Omphalodes is not indestructible and needs to be minded slightly, but that’s not to say that it cant be used just as for Gyp. Available May-August

 Ammi Magus, Who couldn’t love these little umbrellas of tiny white delicate flowers, sweet smelling and tough as old boots. Fantastic for creative arrangements. Available April-Oct.

 Thalictrum. So not white, but other than that it really is so very similar to Gypsophila. Completely indestructible, large clusters of  teeny tiny flowers. No bad smells and you couldn’t get a more delicate flower. Available July/August.

 

 

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Babys breath, or to use its proper title Gypsophila. I have to confess……I hate it. Natasha will verify this!

Now having said that, forgive my brutal honesty, I do understand its popularity. It is a people pleaser, brides love it because it is ‘cheap’ and delicate and neutral. Florists love it because it is cheap and indestructible (I mean seriously. You cant kill it!). But just because it is cheap and indestructible, does that mean we have to use it?

Gypsophila has been done to death, every second wedding has got Gypsophila somewhere and some weddings ONLY have it! It lacks any imagination or creativity and it stinks…literally…stinks, hence the name ‘Baby’s Breath. Who wants their bridal bouquet to smell like bad breath?

Ok so maybe the smell isn’t that pungent, but put enough of it together and you’ll be looking over your shoulder to see whos looking while you check your breath!

I go to great lengths to persuade my clients that they really don’t want Gypsophila. Not least of which they are coming to me for 2 reasons, 1- I am a creative genius (trumpet fanfare!) and 2- is I grow my own flowers. ( I don’t grow Gypsophila). I offer alternatives to ‘Gyp’, as if its the delicate tiny flowers that is your buzz there are lots of alternatives, and best of all these alternatives give me the scope to get my creative genius out! So here are my alternatives, all of which I grow.

 Achillea The Pearl. Just like Gypsophila, it is almost indestructible. Elegant sprays of pure white double blooms, slightly larger flower size than Gyp, but only slightly. Available all summer long.

 Omphalodes, This is one of my most treasured little plants. Very similar to Gypsophila, tiny pure white flowers in large sprays, unlike Gyp, Omphalodes smells so sweet! Unfortunately though Omphalodes is not indestructible and needs to be minded slightly, but that’s not to say that it cant be used just as for Gyp. Available May-August

 Ammi Magus, Who couldn’t love these little umbrellas of tiny white delicate flowers, sweet smelling and tough as old boots. Fantastic for creative arrangements. Available April-Oct.

 Thalictrum. So not white, but other than that it really is so very similar to Gypsophila. Completely indestructible, large clusters of  teeny tiny flowers. No bad smells and you couldn’t get a more delicate flower. Available July/August.