As I continue to work on my book and build my public platform, I realize just how much detail goes into crate these floral sentiments-Posies! And as we round the corner of summer and fall is opened up straight ahead, I started to think about herbs as ingredients, especially since the flowers are dwindling down. I did a photo shoot this past summer for a nationally distributed magazine about the language of flowers and bridal posies. One of the things I talked about was the use of herbs in nosegays and posies.
Herbs in Posies are critical and I rarely create a Posy that doesn’t include at least a couple of herbs. The herb is important in Posies because it’s true to the origin of the Posy. Before the language of flowers phenomenon, and in earlier times around the mid-16th century, herbs were formed into little posies to ward off disease (or so they thought). Today we include herbs in Poses for numerous reasons. In addition to the attempt to keep a Posy what it originally was–an informal gathering of a few sprigs of herbs and perhaps a flower or two–we love using them for their fragrance. Herbs add a glorious aromatic feature to these already visually impactful posies. The meaning of herbs in the language of flowers is widely varied and well known. Most people know Rosemary means remembrance for instance, and Lavender means luck. These are the most popular of the two, but did you know Rue means grace? Or Oregano means happiness?