Burns Night falls on Wednesday 25th January this year and is celebrated by Scots and all their families across the world to commemorate the scottish poet Robert Burns.
Born in Alloway in Scotland on the 25th January 1759, he was raised in a family of farmers. He quickly developed a passion and love for literature and poetry, which combined with his hardships of growing up helped to create the poetic masterpieces that he is most famous for. Burns night is celebrated by many, with a family at home or at a Scottish Ceilidh where they play live music, read and sing Burns poems and serve the traditional Scottish meal of Haggis, neeps and tatties.
The highlights of the celebration are the host’s speech, Selkirk Grace, Piping to the haggis, supper, immortal memory, admiration and lots more. In all it is a great day and people actively participate in the various events that form a part of the Robert Burns Night.
Over the years, we have many customers enquire about ordering flowers for their burns night dinners and celebration, and which flowers are most suitable for table decor. In this occasion, there is no set flower arrangements for Burns Night, however, as any Burns fan would tell you, Robert Burns often referred to flowers in his poems which can be used as fitting decorations.
Here are the top three flower varieties popular on Burns Night:
(1) Red Roses
The first flower is the red rose. Robert Burns referred to the rose in his 1974 poem known as ‘Red Red Rose’. “O my Luve’s like a red, red rose…” With Valentines Day looming, being only a couple of weeks after Burns Night, we have a great selection of beautiful red roses available.
The red roses are a perfect addition to table arrangements, in jam jars, containers or floral foam for your Burns Night event to tie in the theme.
Another of Robert Burns poems, whilst not as famous, is his ‘To a Mountain Daisy‘ in which he describes the daisy as ‘Thy snawie-bosom sun-ward spread’.
Due to the winter season, Daisies are not as common to find, however a flower to consider for a similar shape and feel, would be either Tanacetum or even Gerbera, as it’s large round petal display makes it a gorgeous flower for featuring in your home during the celebration.
Second only to tartan, nothing quite says ‘Scotland’ like this humble, prickly weed, the thistle! Alongside poetry, the thistle is the perfect flower to include as it’s Scotland’s National Flower. But how on earth did it become the proud emblem of an entire nation? The thistle is also responsible for one of the finest and influential poems in the Scottish literary cannon, Hugh MacDiarmid’s A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle, an epic, stream-of-consciousness poem that touches on everything from the state of the nation to the wondrous joy that is whisky.
A perfect addition to your Burns Night to not only for its important symbolism of Scottish heraldry, but also for the added texture and charm to your table arrangements.
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OR if you would like information on flowers to use for table decorations for your Burns Night extravaganza, visit our website at www.trianglenursery.co.uk or call us on 01394 385 832.
Best of luck with your planning & enjoy your night full of celebration, live music and traditional Scottish Haggis, neeps and tatties!!
Laura & the team