In the spring, flowers burst wide open and nature puts on a beautiful display of colour. For hay fever sufferers, though, it's bittersweet, as blossom heralds the start of months of sniffing. And if you thought you'd found a safe haven in the city, but instead find yourself blowing your nose even more, it's because pollen often lingers longer in urban centres due to the pollution in the air. With the hazards of hay fever in mind, we've put together a special bouquet for everyone allergic to pollen, with flowers that shouldn't irritate your sinuses.
The classic flower comes in all shapes and sizes, and luckily roses only release small amounts of pollen into the air, making them a safe choice for hay fever sufferers. To further minimise pollen exposure, opt for tight-budded varieties, which are available in a variety of appealing colours.
Gypsophila is a great floral team player. Also known as baby's breath, the green stems with tiny white or pink flowers do amazingly well as filler flowers in almost every bouquet. It's been one of the most popular cut flowers for years, so put this in your hay fever bouquet and we guarantee it won't look wanting.
There are as many as fifty varieties of stock, almost all of which are equally colourful — but the white variant, seen in this bouquet, is perhaps the most beautiful for spring.
Hundreds, if not thousands of tiny flowers top the deep green leaves of a sprig of yarrow. This flower gives a bouquet a lush, playful effect and comes into its own when clustered together.
The hanging flowers of fritillaria comes in versions both large and small, and blooms in beautiful colors: red, orange, yellow and purple-white with an intriguing chessboard pattern. Unusual varieties include green with brown-orange spots and red-purple with yellow edges. There are so many varieties to choose from, but luckily they're all low-pollen, so will work wonderfully in a hay fever bouquet.
Thanks to these helpful flowers, hay fever sufferers no longer have to keep away from bouquets. Use our inspiration to assemble your own sneeze-free bouquet, and share it with us on Instagram using the hashtag #funnyhowflowersdothat.