Stop and Smell the… Leaves?
Good evening, flower friends!
I’ve regretfully neglected my small stash of scented geranium plants that have been housed indoors, letting them grow far too long and leggy. Since it was high time to give them a little trim, I figured that now would be as good a time as ever for a round of show and tell… I’ll share a few of my favorites with you guys and show you how I like to use them. Plus, to be totally honest, it makes for an excellent excuse to play around with the first flowers of the season!
Among the varieties that I have growing, there are several that really stand out either in terms of fragrance and/or form. Although “Chocolate Peppermint” doesn’t currently have any leaves, it’s a real winner in both of the aforementioned categories. The others (from left to right: “P. Denticulatum”, “P. Graveolens”, “Maple Leaf”, and “Giant Oak”), vary in terms of potential flower arranging value. I have a few other varieties as well, but, for today’s purposes, they aren’t even worth mentioning.
A very close runner up for favorite fragrant foliage is “Maple Leaf” (shown below en masse). It’s fragrance is somewhat standard (albeit still incredibly delicious), but it’s extraordinarily large leaves and long, sturdy stems make it a wonderful addition to any hand-picked bouquet. “Giant Oak” has softer, fuzzier leaves with much less sharply-incised edges. It tends to be a bit floppy, though, so the leaves seem best suited for buttonholes and other small-ish arrangements.
All leaves make excellent additions to handheld arrangements of all sorts- the constant contact and rubbing releases the fragrant oils that make scented geraniums so special. Today, since most of the flowers that can be found growing in the garden at the moment are on the petite side, I figured it would be fun to put together a couple buttonholes.
The first fragrant bunch includes one dreamy, creamy double hellebore, a short stem of burgundy-edged helleborus foetidus, plum-colored heuchera leaves, maidenhair fern, a couple extremely early knautia flower heads, one tiny sprig of jasmine, and a small selection of scented geranium leaves.
If you thought that colorful options got thrown out the window for winter weddings, then you’re painfully mistaken. If you should be looking for a splash of gold, it’s during these late winter months that forced bulbs, bright yellow jasminum nudiflorum, and vibrant forsythia take center stage. For this bright bunch, I used forsythia, hellebores, jasmine, scented geranium leaves, and one solitary painted daisy specimen.
Who says that flowers are the only thing worth smelling? Sometimes an unassuming leaf can pack just as powerful a punch of perfume. The combination of the geranium’s subtle spicy-rosy aroma and the floral fragrance of the jasmine make for an incredibly delicious bunch of flowers to wear on your chest.
Wishing you all a sweet day. Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses… and the leaves! :)