Thursday, September 3, 2015

Poppies Make a Statement in Springtime Bouquets

September is the month for getting ready for next spring's flowers. Seeds have been ordered and in the next week or two I will start sowing. Poppies have become some of my favorites to offer to offer to brides for both bouquet and centerpiece designs.
Delicate blooms should start appearing around the second or third week of April.
The blooms usually come in soft shades of pink, peach, yellow, ivory and white, with some of the stronger yellows and oranges as well.
They really grab your attention whether in a bouquet, or a simple arrangement for the table. And they should look stunning for the upcoming weddings in April and May.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Peach Juliet Roses for a Garden-Style Wedding

Augusta loved the idea of wedding flowers that had a garden feel to them. Summer flowers in peaches and ivories and lots of greens- soft silvery greens and fresh summer greens as  
well as touches of silver and rich texture. It was great coming up with recipes that combined blooms from the garden such as peach colored dahlias and zinnias with wedding favorites such as peach and ivory spray roses and Juliet garden roses.
Vintage sewing drawer and fragrant cedar wood boxes were filled with nandina, illicium, seeded eucalyptus and Dusty Miller and layered with lots of lovely blooms.
Clear glass compotes added more interest to the reception designs.
All in all I think that my bride and her family were very pleased!



Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Perilla Adds Rich Dark Notes to Wedding Flowers

Looking for a unique accent for your wedding flowers? Check out perilla!
It is a staple in the flower borders at Springwell Gardens from June through October, and the frilly leaves add rich hues that vary from almost irridescent ebony to chocolate-burgundy that complement both blush and jewel tone floral palettes. 
In late September the plant is covered with pink flower spikes that quickly turn to green. These add great texture to autumn designs, and can later provide you with seeds for plants of your own. 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Garden Wedding Flowers in Peach

Peach colored flowers make a lovely statement for spring, summer and fall weddings.
Here around Raleigh, NC, in July and August,  the "go-to" flowers for that rich peach color are zinnias and dahlias. This year, I have also added a lovely peach colored celosia. The color combines well with blues and whites as in the design above that also features peach foxglove, blue forget-me-not, white cosmos and feverfew.
The design above is a monochromatic color palette of peach and orange zinnias, dahlias, celosia, and crocosmia, accented with chocolate colored perilla, and silvery leaves of Colchester White Centaurea.
And the bouquet above has peach zinnias and celosia nestled among white dahlias, pincushion flowers, cosmos and phlox. Burnished nandina leaves add a nice accent to the design. 
I am looking forward to using these blooms in wedding designs for the next couple of months!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Dahlias for Stunning Centerpiece Designs

This is the third year of growing dahlias at Springwell Gardens, and I am looking forward to creating some beautiful bouquet and centerpiece designs for my couples later this summer and fall. 
 
The Café Au Lait dahlias definitely are eye-catching with colors that vary from blush-beige to soft lavender. The summer flowers are a bit smaller than the fall blooming ones. Here they are paired with Love-in-a-Puff vine, Queen Ann's Lace, lamb's ear and the peachy-red shrimp plant.
Bride-to-Be is a charming medium white flower, and Prospero is a lovely lavender pink. Cosmos, feverfew, foxglove and vinca vine complete the design in this vintage pitcher.
The Snoho Doris dahlias are varying shades of peach with soft yellow hues. They are featured in the design above with lamb's ear, ferns, zinnias, cosmos, foxglove, and gomphrena.
Look for these beauties and more from summer through late October!

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 want the look of a wildflower bouquet for their wedding designs.
Feverfew usually starts blooming in the garden borders at Springwell by mid May, and continues through late June. 
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!!!