Wedding Flowers from Springwell

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Bridal Bouquet....

It's exciting each time I put the finishing touches on a bride's bouquet, turn it around to inspect it to make sure it's just what she wanted, and when it is, to let that grateful sigh....
Each bouquet is so different from all the others, because each bouquet is for that one special bride.
It starts with that first meeting where we talk flowers and styles and what she likes and what she doesn't, and little touches that will make that bouquet HER bouquet.
It's really great when I am growing flowers for her. Sometimes actually starting the seeds or planting the bulbs with her wedding day in mind. Or maybe it's a special flower or vine we discover together when we step outside to view the gardens.
It's a privilege and it's so rewarding, and I am thankful for each woman who asks me to make her bridal bouquet!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Pansies for Winter and Springtime Weddings!

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!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Wooden Boxes for 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.

Friday, September 26, 2014

More Love-In-A-Puff Wedding Designs

The Love-In-Puff vines at Springwell Gardens will continue to produce lots of lovely tendrils and balloon-like puffs until frost. They are slated to make an appearance at several weddings in October.
I love to use them for bouquet work, but they are also great in centerpiece designs. 
The delicate vines seem to swirl around the flowers with the puffs hovering about.
And then there's what's inside the puffs. It's fun to watch the look on a bride's face when she realizes what she sees- The little black seeds say it all....

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Ranunculus and Anemones for Spring Weddings

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.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Late Summer at Springwell Gardens

September is here and summer is slipping away... well sort of... the days are getting shorter, but the heat and humidity are hanging on. The garden is full and kinda overgrown...
Don't look too closely or you will see there's a bit of mildew on the stems and insect nibbles too...
It's like shabby chic for the outdoors if you ask me. There are still  flowers blooming, but some are slowing down.
It's time to gather blooms for drying for winter designs,
And to keep an eye on the dahlias and sedums that I need for weddings this month and next.
Soon it will be time to start planting corms and bulbs for next season's blooms.
One of these days I hope to have the beds neater and better organized. I will keep you posted on how that goes....

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sweet Centerpiece Design for Spring and Summer

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!