Wedding Flowers from Springwell

Friday, July 25, 2014

Lantern Centerpiece for Winter and Spring

Last post about lantern centerpiece designs featured this lantern and this box with summertime flowers.
But they also are great for any season. For late winter and early spring, the wooden box was filled with cool season flowers such as pansies, hellebore, Winter Daphne, daffodils and anemones. These flowers are available (depending on the weather in the South) from mid February through April.
And for year round interest consider using lanterns with flower strewn wreaths.
This wreath was created with loosely woven of curly willow branches, then embellished with mixed foliage such as Love-in-a-Puff vine, Dusty Miller, and a light scattering of peach colored spray roses. Other material can be used according to the seasons.
I love how versatile lanterns are, and so do many of my brides!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Lantern Centerpiece Design for All Seasons

Lanterns continue to be a great design feature for wedding receptions. There are lots of ways to dress them up with and without flowers.  Here is one of my takes on lantern centerpiece designs.
It features a low wooden box in which the lantern is centered, then surrounded by seasonal flowers, foliage material and moss.
It's a great design that sits low enough on the table for guests to enjoy one another's company without the centerpiece blocking their view.
Flower choices change with the seasons. This design features summer flowers such as monarda, gomphrena, feverfew, zinnias, and succulents.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Chantilly Snapdragons and Zinnia Bouquet for Early Summer Weddings

The garden beds continue to change as the summer season moves forward. It's time to say goodbye to Chantilly Snapdragons (for awhile)
They starting blooming in April and continued for a solid two months. This fall I will do two plantings about four weeks apart to see if I can get some later blooms.
They looked great with spring blooms like ranunculus and anemones, but they also work well with summer flowers.
The bouquet below features a pastel palette of Chantilly snapdragons with zinnias, feverfew, and laceflower (orlaya), and yarrow.
It's great to have flowers that transition from one season to another. I have several brides who are looking forward to seeing these blooms in their spring and summer wedding designs!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Summertime is Zinnia Time!

They're here!!! The zinnias that is. I am growing Queen Red Lime, Bright Pink and Salmon Rose
The pictures with this post feature Queen Red Lime. It's a real beauty. The flowers range in color from a soft green with pink undertones to shades of antique pink and rose.
It really makes a statement on its own or in bouquets. It's paired below with the mature stems of cushion spurge or euphorbia.
It will be blooming from summer through fall. I plan to show it to Kitty who is getting married in August.
She just may want to add a few stems of Queen Red Lime to some of her centerpiece designs- we'll see....

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Blue Flowers for Late Spring and Early Summer Weddings

Spring always slips into summer a little too quickly... It's part of living in the South I guess. While I love summer flowers, I hate to see spring flowers go.
Yesterday I pulled the Chinese Forget-Me-Not out of the garden beds. It was hard, but I need that space for other flowers. This is the second year of growing these incredibly blue flowers. I love everything about them, except they can't take the heat!
Chinese Forget-Me-Not (cynoglossum) add a vivid touch of blue to wedding flowers which looks amazing with yellows like these roses, poppies and ranunculus above. It can also make a statement with a softer color palette as in the bouquet below that include white anemones, Sahara roses, silvery lamb's ear and lavender stock
 And it's lovely nestled in with pinks and peaches too.
Seed should be started in the fall, (I was late), and plants can be overwintered in the garden beds.
This fall I plan to get it started on time, and I will make sure that I have a nice area in the garden beds too. Kate is getting married next May, and she just might want to use it in her bouquet!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Coral and Blush Poppies for Weddings in April and May

I can't think of  more cheerful and bubbly flowers than POPPIES. They started showing their faces in mid April which worked out perfectly for pairing them with ranunculus, another April bloomer. Their bloom times overlapped for almost three weeks.
Below they are shown together in a bright and playful design of corals, hot pinks and yellows that includes Chantilly Snapdragons, sweet peas, pale green hellebore, and chartreuse euphoribia.
The softer peach and cream colors of poppies take on a more refined air as in this design that also features
blush colored garden roses, black eyed anemones and Dusty Miller.
 Poppies don't like the heat though! They are already starting to slow down. I was hoping to push them into June, but I think that I may have to shoot for earlier bloom times rather than later. Which means I will try to have them blooming in time for some mid to late March weddings next year!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Lavender Pansies and Blue Muscari Add a Special Touch for Springtime Wedding Flowers

What happened to spring!!! Last week I was picking anemones, pansies and muscari and this week we're hitting 90's!!! Not the best weather for flowers that like it cool...
Well back to muscari and pansies. Both of these flowers have been featured several times this year on the blog in some springtime designs. A few weeks back I wrote about adding three new types of muscari (also known as grape hyacinth) to the garden borders. Well this is the last of the three- Saffier. It is taller than the other varieties that I am presently growing. Some stems are about 9 inches in length, and French blue with pale green overtones is very striking. You can find these bulbs at John Scheepers .
 As the season warms up the pansies began to stretch, and by May they are also providing longer stems, so I thought this would be a good time to work them up in a design.
This elegant centerpiece also features Spanish bluebells, white and purple anemones, white ranunculus and soft green viburnum heads. 
Look for these flowers from Springwell Gardens from late March through early May!