Fashion is a funny thing. Recently I used some foliage that was quite popular a few years ago, then as fashions go, it simply fell out of favour.

Personally I love foliage. At home, a tall vase brimming with the green red hues of photinia red robin  makes perfect centre stage on the kitchen table.

Asparagus fern (asparagus setaceus) also known as a lace fern, used to be the go to button-hole foliage a few years ago. A single small headed rose with a generous snip of the green tentacle fern; graced many a party of groomsmen button hole.

A gorgeous house plant; Asparagus fern with its frond-like leaf branches, in the right setting can become a voracious climber.

The foliage of Asparagus fern 'lace fern' with Marie-claire roses in a vintage ceramic urn

The foliage of Asparagus fern ‘lace fern’ with Marie-claire roses in a vintage ceramic urn

Old fashioned for a while, the lace fern; along with other ‘unfashionable’ foliage, is definitely more welcome now. As with many things, used well & in the right way looks nothing short of spectacular.

The combination of vibrant orange/yellow Rosa Marie-Claire, alongside verdant green prickly but soft stems  of ‘lace fern’ suited an occasion of ‘In memorial‘ perfectly. Funeral flowers, a celebration of a life; can trigger many fond memories of times past. Equally important to choose well, so a selection of a foliage known & loved & used in a strong, non-apologetic way went down particularly well.

A generous ceramic vase filled with orange, yellow roses & great ‘branches’ of green fern at the reception, was an apt link to the good sized yet quiet sheaf of funeral flowers which included the same ingredients.

Rosa 'Marie-Claire' with Asparagus fern

Rosa ‘Marie-Claire’ with Asparagus fern

Fashions might come and go, but choice; considered ingredients for a special memorable occasion remain thoughtful, timeless and ever popular.

Funeral flowers & foliage, a simple sheaf tied with timeless ivory satin.

Funeral flowers & foliage, a simple sheaf tied with timeless ivory satin.