By Megan Slack
As Meghan Markle edges closer to the due date of her new baby daughter, the world waits with bated breath to discover the answer to those all-important questions. What will the couple name their baby? How much will the newborn weigh? Or, if you’re anything like us – what will the new nursery involve?
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Enter Simon Lycett – the esteemed Royal Florist and most recognized floral artist in Britain. In an exclusive discussion with H&G, Simon offered a rare glimpse into what Harry and Meghan's future nursery ideas may look like – in terms of flowers – at least.
Simon’s suggestions are aromatic, therapeutic, and entirely beautiful, and we have a feeling they will shape nurseries for the decade to come.
What flowers could Megan and Harry have in their baby daughter’s nursery?
‘Harry and Meghan have been very vocal in how mental health can really affect us and how there are different ways of dealing with mental health. I would imagine that they would both be very aware of the benefits of flowers, plants, foliage, and greenery within our lives,’ Simon shares.
‘There might be a potted plant or two. And there could be a bunch of something that’s scented – perhaps lavender which is nice and calming, or rosemary which is a very gentle flower,’ he adds.
The admired florist continues, also suggesting that Chamomile is ‘beautifully calming,’ and so, would be equally beautiful in that environment.
‘They also gently fragrant the air, which is lovely for the child to grow up, whilst nurtured with flowers – you grow up and realize some of your first memories are of a vase of flowers in your nursery,’ Simon explains. However, he notes that these blooms should be stored safely out of a small child’s way to ensure they remain safe in the nursery.
Which flowers would you send Meghan Markle following the birth of her baby?
As a royal flower expert, it was the question we had to ask Simon. The florist shared that Meghan, like many of us, is an admirer of the flower of the moment – peonies.
‘She said that peonies make her happy; however, it would depend on when her baby is born. I know it’s due in summer. I would send her something seasonal. Something that is lovely and local, and preferably scented,’ he shares.
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If anybody knows about these seasonal flowers, it is Simon – who is currently working in association with British Flowers Week to promote flowers grown across the UK. In discussing his work with the festival, he revealed that he particularly enjoys arranging seasonal blooms, including those that he grows in his garden in London.
‘The resonance of beautiful, seasonal, British flowers is important to me. In May and June, flower markets are just bursting with beautiful blooms and are very inspiring,’ Simon adds. The florist asks that flower-lovers in the UK also share their beautiful blooms, however small and simple, with him and the team by tagging #BritishFlowersWeek.
We’ll race you all to the lavender, rosemary, and Chamomile plants. Nursery or no nursery, we suddenly have an urge to bring an abundance of these plants into our lives.
Megan is a News Writer across Future Plc's Homes titles. She has a background in national newspapers in the UK and has experience in fashion and travel journalism, which she previously practised whilst living in Paris and New York City. Her adoration for these fashion capitals means she particularly enjoys writing about upcoming styles and trends for Homes & Gardens. Megan also loves discovering vintage pieces in her spare time, meaning her decor is largely influenced by the beauty of the jazz age.
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