This Wildly in Love seed wedding favour is gorgeous, in our opinion! We love the current trend for floral wreaths decorating all aspects of a wedding day! It is made from quality recycled manilla paper to our specification, and measures 9 x 12 cm. The seeds inside are grown in the UK and are British wildflower species – Poppy, Cornflower, Corn Marigold and Corn Chamomile. All are annuals and are easy to grow and great for butterflies and bees and other insects. You can read more about them below. You will get about a gram of seeds.
The seed packet is personalised with your wedding details – please enter these in the Personalisation box above.
How to sow the seeds in our Wildly in Love seed wedding favour
These wildflower seeds are easypeasy 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 around 20 in (51 cm) and is closely related to the Ox-eye Daisy. It is also known as Yellow Ox-eye, Bigold, Boodle and Raddles. By the end of the fourteenth-century, farmers were ordered to get rid of the plant from barley fields because it was such a prolific pest, albeit a very pretty one! Insects like Corn Marigold nectar and it is the food plant of the Chalk Hill Blue and Gatekeeper butterflies. Hoverflies are also rather partial the flower.
Cornflowers (centaurea cyanus) are annual wildflowers and are also known as Bluebottles, Batchelor’s Buttons or Knapweeds (not to be confused with the different-looking Lesser and Greater Knapweeds). The plant has pretty blue flowers on stems up to 2 ft (60 cm) high. Butterflies and bees love them! 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. It would be great to see them in fields again in swathes of blue.
Its Latin name centaurea comes from Chiron, the centaur, whom the plant cured when an arrow tipped with the blood of Hydra wounded him. After that incident, the logical folk of the Dark Ages and before, assumed the plant had the ability 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. How sweet.
Poppies are annual wildflowers that attract butterflies, bees and hoverflies. They self-seed well and often spring up in disturbed ground, the seed having lain dormant for many years, sometimes, remarkably, thousands. The plant’s Anglo-Saxon name is popig. Its Latin name is papaver rhoeas. Rhoeas may come from the Greek, rho, possibly meaning red. Pliny, the Ancient Greek chap, claimed that papaver derived from papa = pap, the mashed up food of babies, because poppy juice was added to it to help the infants to sleep (don’t try this at home!) It may also relate to the Latin papula, meaning “papule”, due to the shape of the rounded seed capsules. An average Poppy produces about 17,000 tiny seeds and has been around a long time – scientists have aged some seeds found on archaeological digs to 25,000 years old.
The Poppy is a symbol of remembrance because its red flowers represent the blood of the dead. To the Ancient Greeks it symbolised regeneration. It has been used in potions as an antidote to those bewitched to love someone they really didn’t want to. Poppies were also 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.
Corn Chamomile is an annual wildflower with daisy-like flowers from May to August. It grows to a height of 12 – 18 ins (30 – 45 cm). It is a wildflower found in meadows, wasteland and arable land. It is also the food plant of the scarily-named Chamomile Shark moth!