Pansies have been at one of my favorite garden centers in Raleigh, NC for a few weeks now. It's Campbell Road Nursery, just off Tryon Road. Their selection is incredible, from the large flowered varieties to my favorites- the violas and pannolas in all kinds of delicious colors.
And now is a great time to get them planted in the garden!
I plan to have a nice selection of colors- plums, purples, lavenders, and rosy pinks. There will also be some blues and yellows as well.
As this year's growing season winds down, the garden beds at Springwell will made ready for winter and early spring blooming plants such as anemones and ranunculus, and I plan to have lots of pockets saved for pansies too!
They really make a lovely statement in bouquets and centerpiece designs!
My husband Wilson made some wooden boxes a couple of years ago for our daughter's wedding, and I have loved designing with them ever since.
So whenever I see boxes at a thrift shop or flea market, I grab them up. They are the perfect containers for couples who want to bring a rustic elegance to their reception designs.
These centerpiece arrangements created for a summer bridal shower were filled with flowers from the garden such as Queen Ann's Lace, Lamb's Ear, Love-in-a-Puff vine, Mountain Mint, zinnias, dahlias and more.
Below is a sewing machine box filled with zinnias and black-eye Susans for an inspiration shoot by Blest Photography.
And for the foodie- kale, purple hull crowder peas, and pattypan squash add a playful touch to this fall design.
This will be a busy month! In a addition to some upcoming, lovely weddings, there are of course, garden chores.
Yesterday my shipment of ranunculus and anemone corms came in. These flowers are breathtakingly lovely, and are a favorite of brides! I plan to get the first batch of corms into the garden beds later in the month. I hope to have some Carmel white anemones with dark eyes ready for Kaitlin's December wedding.
The plantings will be staggered a bit. Most of the corms should be in by mid October, but I am still experimenting with putting in a small batch for later springtime blooms. Anemones will start blooming as early as December, and will continue slowly through January. The pace will begin to pick up by late February and continue to gain speed through April.
If the temperatures for winter are normal in 2015, I expect to see the ranunculus blooming by early March.
There will also be other lovely flowers to join them- Hellebore, Winter Honeysuckle and Winter Daphne will begin to bloom in January. And I plan to set aside some protected garden space for lots of pansies. All of these flowers are absolutely fabulous for winter and early springtime bouquets.
I am always on the lookout for something a little different... whether it's a unique flower to
try in the garden, a new way to present the flowers for delivery, or something I haven't seen before to serve as a container.
So here's the latest item to catch my eye- Sundae dishes. I think they make lovely vessels for casual, eclectic reception designs.
They work great with a variety of flowers, and would be charming for spring and summer time weddings. The first two images show them with late summer flowers that are blooming here at Springwell Gardens such as dahlias, gomphrena, zinnias, eucalyptus, and fragrant herbs such as sage, rosemary and lavender. The third picture features some of the late spring flowers such as peonies, penstemon, forget-me-not, nigella and cosmos.
And the last image shows the garden flowers of early springtime- viburnum, anemones, pansies, muscari and ranunculus. It's such a refreshing way to welcome guests to your reception!
Can't wait to share this idea with my brides!