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Behind the Bloom: Stock In Trade

Behind the Bloom: Stock In Trade

| Rosie Jeffares-Levitt

It's rare that I hear anyone claim the humble matthiola, commonly known as stock, as their favourite flower. Or even mention them at all. But they are a staple of this florist's world. Overlook stock and you'll miss out on plenty! Few flowers have so much going for them. 

Let's start with their scent. It’s a fragrance reminiscent of cloves, with a subtle peppery undertone. Wonderful! A member of the Brassicaceae family, which includes cabbage and kale, stocks offer another surprise: they're not just for admiring, but also for savouring! Yes, you heard that right —these blooms are edible when organically grown. Imagine adding their pop-art florets to your salad bowl for a burst of colour and flavour!

But beyond their culinary potential lies their true allure—their colours. From elegant whites to earthy apricots, and from soothing lavenders to deep purples, stocks bring a palette of possibilities. 

What truly sets stocks apart is their versatility. Fill a vase with a mass of these stand-alone stunners. Architectural, simple, and (did I mention?) deliciously scented, this is a great way to approach this affordable flower. Stock flowers aren't just fillers; they're protagonists in their own right. 

Of course stock can also be major players in mixed bouquets. Paired with roses, peonies, or any other bloom, they transform a bouquet into a fragrant symphony of colour and texture. So, the next time you're thinking of getting flowers, take stock, as it were! You'll be delighted in more ways than one. 

Botanical Blog

Written By: Rosie Jeffares-Levitt

A collection of blog posts written by one of Toronto's top florists. With two on-going blog series, the first about flowers called Behind The Bloom & the second about plants called Plant Life.