Friday, June 19, 2015

Feverfew Adds Cottage Charm to Wedding Bouquets

The first time I saw feverfew in a garden magazine (many years ago), I fell in love with its dainty appearance, and quickly found a place for it in my garden beds. Now I enjoy offering it to my brides who have late spring and summer weddings. 
Feverfew usually starts blooming in the garden borders at Springwell by mid May, and continues through late June. It's one of the flowers that gives the look of "fresh picked from the garden" to bouquets as well as centerpiece designs. 
It pairs well with garden blooms such as cosmos and zinnias, and traditional wedding flowers such as roses. 
Feverfew is also easy to grow. The single flower form will readily self seed, so I always have plenty of plants each year. And it's a great starter plant for brides who would like to later grow their own flowers!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Peonies and Astilbe for Nicole's Wedding Bouquet

The lush fragrant blooms of peonies are some of the most romantic flowers for May weddings.
And Nicole thought they would be perfect in her wedding bouquet. Feathery plumes of astilbe,  Sahara roses, Majolica spray roses and stock brought in the soft pink, blush and ivory color palette that she was looking for, and echeveria in a soft mint green added rich texture.
Echeveria and other succulents add a keepsake touch to wedding designs as they can be removed from the bouquet after the wedding,  and planted for later enjoyment.
Chantilly snapdragons from the garden added a wonderful soft pink to the bridesmaids' bouquet.
And a collar of Dusty Miller and pittosporum completed the designs.
It's always a privilege to create lovely floral designs for a couple's wedding, but one of most special aspects is getting to know the couple. Nicole and Jeff and I started this process a year ago and through emails and visits I have so enjoyed getting to know these two. I am very excited for them as they begin their married journey!!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Locally Grown Flowers for a Springtime Wedding

Last May I had the pleasure of meeting with Bridget and Chris at an Open House at The Shady Wagon Farm. They were looking forward to a 2015 springtime wedding, and Bridget had her heart set on a garden/wildflower look for the wedding flowers.
That meeting led to some beautiful floral creations last weekend! I was so excited to be working with a couple that loved the look of garden style flowers, and I loved the opportunity to grow many of the flowers for them!
The garden beds at Springwell Gardens are really starting to wind up by mid May, and there were lots of flowers blooming that fit the soft pinks, creams and green color palette. 
Some of the flowers that were grown on site for their wedding were Chantilly snapdragons, poppies, cosmos,  Chinese Forget Me Not, and nigella blooms. I was hopeful there would be ranunculus, but the plants finished up too early. Thankfully the white anemones with black eyes  continued to hang in there!
Peach foxglove delivered some beautiful stems, and there were quite a few peonies that became part of the designs at the last minute.
I was excited to see Bridget when I delivered the flowers a few hours before the wedding. It was great to see her smile and hear her delighted approval!
I am so happy for you both as you begin this wonderful life together, and I look forward to you dropping by sometime to learn how to grow some of these beauties in your own garden some day!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Locally Grown Wedding Flowers for May

May ushers in a whole new set of wedding flowers at Springwell Gardens. There are beds of poppies Chantilly snapdragons, and Chinese Forget-Me-Not that started up in April, but are really getting
underway now that May is here. New to the gardens are cosmos- I am growing the Double Click and Sensations Mix varieties. And a Nelly Moser Clematis vine is in its second year. These lavender-pink
blooms should be ready for bridal bouquets starting in May 2016.
Other locally grown flowers that are on the verge of blooming are Love-in-a-Mist, pastel and yellow yarrow, Rose Campion, catmint, zinnias and more. They will start making appearances in some lovely weddings over the next few weeks!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Romantic Bleeding Heart for April Wedding Bouquets

As the end of April approaches I want to get up one more post about a great April flower for weddings. Bleeding Heart (dicentra spectabilis Gold Heart) has been a favorite at Springwell Gardens for several years. I have loved the occasions that its bloom time has corresponded with weddings.
It makes such a romantic statement in both the bridal bridal bouquet and the groom's boutonniere.
It is the perfect picture of springtime love!!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Anemone and Ranunculus Centerpiece Designs for Spring

Anemones and ranunculus are probably the two favorite springtime bloomers at Springwell Gardens.
Anemones will actually start up during the winter months and slowly gain momentum through April. By mid March the ranunculus are joining in.
The bold faces of anemones with their dark eye and the full flounced ruffles of ranunculus are a nice contrast in floral designs.
I love to use them for wedding bouquets, but they are also stunning in centerpiece work as well. In  March they may be paired with other locally grown flowers such as Bridal Wreath spirea, Winter Daphne, pussy willow and hellebore.
And as springtime moves into April they are joined by leucojum, snapdragons and viburnum and the slightly fragrant buds of Spice Bush. In May they .

Friday, April 17, 2015

Lily of the Valley for April Weddings

So many springtime flowers make a delightful appearance that lasts for only days, and then we must wait until again next year.
One of those flowers is Lily of the Valley. I have been watching for it since the end of March, even though I know it won't come until April.  Those delicate white bells finally started unfurling earlier this week and they were a joy to see.
  Lily of the Valley is a short stemmed flower that works well for petite designs, or it may be wired and added to larger bouquets. Another option is to provide a hidden water source
Then it can be worked into a larger design such as a centerpiece arrangement. Here it is featured with white anemones, pink, blush and white ranunculucs, hellebore, pieris and bleeding heart.