It is that time of year when the umbrella-like clusters of white, frothy cow parsley flowers are filling up the roadside, hedgerows and woodland edges. Also called ‘Queen Anne’s Lace’, there are many stories to explain the origins of this name. Cow parsley is a hollow-stemmed, tall plant that grows rapidly in the summer before dying back. These flower umbels appear from May until June and grow 60-100 cm high, with spikelets of 2 to 5 flowers in oval clusters, the lowest on long stalks at right angles to the stem. Cow parsley simply means an inferior version of real parsley. Here, Vanessa Arbuthnott speaks about the trend and why they the print is a must for your interior design.
“I particularly love the way the flowering stems zoom off at right angles to the main stalk and I have drawn these in my design; along with beautiful fragile butterflies enjoying the cow parsley nectar. I take great pleasure in taking organic shapes on a journey, simplifying, stylizing them and finally colouring the fabrics with no reference to their origins.”
With Vanessa’s range she now has twelve Cow Parsley fabric colour ways, one wallpaper, tea towels, aprons, washbags and cushions. They are her best-selling fabrics and seem to defy fashion withstanding the test of time.
Why cow parsley? With summer coming up there is no better way to brighten up your home for summer than opting for a cow parsley print. There has been an increase in homeowners purchasing rolls of colourful prints inspired by nature and wildlife.
Bold printed wallpapers have become increasingly popular as customers are gaining confidence in their interior choices. In past years, feature walls were a great way to make a statement but with large quantities of printed wallpaper being ordered, a whole room is now becoming lively with detailed prints. With cow parsley, the design is a nod to nature, popular wallpaper designs include trees, birds and flowers which have been adapted to fit in a room. Cow parsley brings elements of outdoors in which is perfect to mirror summer colours and atmosphere.