Such a pretty floral wedding favour! And it is made from quality recycled ivory paper seed packet – a bit different from the usual manilla packets! The seed packet measures 9 x 12 cm and contains a mix of wildflower seeds – Cornflower, Corn Chamomile, Poppy and Corn Marigold. These are all British-grown British wildflower species so are great for our native butterflies and bees.
The seed packet is personalised with your wedding details – please advise these in the box above. The seed sowing instructions are printed on the back. You will get about half a gram of seeds.
Our new range of ivory recycled seed packet wedding favours and place settings are all so lovely you will be spoilt for choice, and they will complement any wedding theme!
How to sow wildflower seeds
The seeds in our floral wedding favour seed packet are very easy to sow – simply choose a sunny, weed-free spot (or a pot of peat-free compost) and sprinkle on the seeds. No need to cover them with soil/compost – just gently press them into the soil. Water well and wait for them to germinate, watering if necessary.
Corn Marigold (chrysanthemum segetum) is an annual wildflower with many yellow daisy-like flowers from June to October. It grows to a height of 20 in (51 cm). It is closely related to the Ox-eye Daisy and is also known as Yellow Ox-eye, Bigold, Boodle and Raddles. By the end of the fourteenth-century, tenant farmers were ordered to get rid of it from barley fields because it was such a pest. However, insects like its nectar and it is the food plant of the Chalk Hill Blue butterfly caterpillar.
Cornflower (centaurea cyanus) is an annual wildflower also known as Bluebottle, Batchelor’s Button or Knapweed. The plant has pretty blue flowers on stems up to 2 ft (60 cm) high. Butterflies and bees love it! It is a rare wildflower in the wild, being previously a common corn field weed but as it blunted sickles when harvesting, it was gradually eradicated.
Its name centaurea comes from Chiron, the centaur, whom the plant cured when an arrow tipped with the blood of Hydra wounded him. Since then the plant has been assumed to drive away snakes. The cyanus part comes from Cyanus, who loved the plant so much he spent all his time in corn fields making garlands from them. When he died, the goddess Flora transformed him into the plant.
Poppies are annual wildflowers that attract butterflies, bees and hoverflies. Poppies are good self-seeders and often spring up in disturbed ground, the seed having lay dormant for many years. The plant’s Anglo-Saxon name is popig. Its Latin name is papaver rhoeas. Rhoeas may come from the Greek, rho, possibly meaning red. Plinus, in ancient Greece, claimed that papaver derived from papa = pap, the mashed up food of babies, poppy juice being added to it to help the infants to sleep. (don’t try this at home!) It may also relate to the Latin papula, “papule”, due to the rounded seed capsules. Poppy seeds have been found that date as far back as 25,000 years. An average Poppy produces about 17,000 seeds.
The Poppy is also a symbol of remembrance because its red flowers represent the blood of the dead. To the ancient Greeks it symbolised regeneration – Venus is sometimes represented with an apple in one hand and a Poppy flower in the other. It has been used in potion as an antidote to those bewitched to love someone. Poppies were made into dolls by country children – fold down the petals to make a skirt and hold it in place with a belt of grass.
Poppies grow to a height of about 2 feet and love being in the sun. Leave the seedheads on after flowering so that the seeds scatter around your garden for next year.