Thursday, February 26, 2015

Garden Flowers for Spring and Summer Weddings- Feverfew

I expect the bloom times for a lot of the spring flowers will be a little later this year since the temperatures are running well below normal. But the plants are still growing, and a real charmer for late spring and early summer weddings is feverfew!
I grow the double flowered (pictured above) as well as the single variety. I believe the double flowered version has a more refined appearance and makes a lovely statement in bouquets
The single flower variety has a charming appeal
which is perfect for garden inspired designs.
Both varieties are  great options for brides searching for locally 
grown flowers for their wedding day. They are available at
 Springwell Gardens from mid May through late June.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Garden Flowers for Summer and Fall Weddings- Gomphrena

Winter is holding on tightly. Mid February usually shows signs of early spring- but not this year!
So as we prepare to drop below ten degrees tonight, I can't help but think hopefully not much longer!!!
Next week it will be time to start my first batch of gomphrena. These rounded button-like flowers are great for summery garden styled wedding bouquets.
They are great accent flowers that come in pink, lavender-pink, white and violet-purple.
Seeds can be sown successively for an extended bloom period. Plants grow slowly until the temps begin to warm up. But once you add summer heat, they begin to take off. 
I am able to gather flowers well into fall and with some protection I can even harvest up to early November!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Garden Flowers for Spring Weddings- Poppies

One of the most romantic and ethereal flowers is the poppy. Delicate petals, thin as tissue paper, flutter and dance like butterflies!
That romantic, delicate appeal is what makes the poppy a wonderful flower for weddings!
The preferred cultivar for cut flowers is the the Iceland poppy (Papaver nudicaule). I grow a variety  called Meadow Pastels from seeds started in late fall. The flowers bloom from late March through May. Because of their delicate nature, poppies are at their best when they are purchased from a locally grown source. 
Or even better- when they are grown with your wedding day in mind!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Foxglove for Beautiful Bouquets and Centerpiece Designs

Foxglove is such a regal flower in the garden and also in wedding designs.
Some varieties can produce flower spikes that are up to five feet.  Here at Springwell Gardens, the shorter varieties such as Camelot and Dalmation are grown.
These plants usually top out at 3 to 3 1/2 foot with about two foot of the stem covered in beautiful bell shaped flowers.
Foxgloves will be available in raspberry pink, lavender, white and peach from mid April through mid June. The tall spires make a lovely statement in ceremony and centerpiece designs.
And the side lateral stems which are much shorter are great for wedding bouquet designs. 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Cerinthe, an Intriguing Flower for Springtime Weddings

Cerinthe made a quick debut at Springwell Gardens in 2013, but was accidentally overlooked for last spring. I am happy to report it will be back in the garden beds for 2015!
Cerinthe is such intriguing flower with its arching stems of irridescent blue and purple bells.
It adds a subtle statement in bouquets with other spring time bloomers such as anemones, ranunculus and Spanish Bluebells as in the picture below:
And in the next bouquet it provides a lovely draping collar beneath blooms of muscari, anemones, roses and hellebore.
 As folks seek out locally grown flowers I expect to see it offered more and more both as a wedding flower and in springtime bouquets at local farmer markets.  It will be available for springtime weddings at Springwell Gardens from late March through May.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sweet Centerpiece Designs for Spring and Summer

I am always on the lookout for something a little different to add to wedding flower designs...
whether it's a unique flower to try in the garden, a new way to present bouquets for delivery, or new centerpiece containers. So here's the latest item to catch my eye- sundae dishes.
These make lovely vases for casual, eclectic reception designs. They work with a variety of flowers and would be charming for spring and summer time weddings. The image above shows them filled with springtime bloomers such as anemones, Spanish Bluebells, muscari, viburnum and pansies. The next design features late spring flowers such as peonies, nigella, yarrow and penstemon, and old fashion Fairy shrub roses.
The designs below show them with late summer flowers such as dahlias, zinnias, African Blue Basil, crested celosia and fragrant herbs.

It's such a refreshing way to welcome guests to your reception!
Can't wait to share this idea with my brides!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Black Eyed Susans for Summer Bouquets and For Growing!

January is seed sowing time at Springwell Gardens. And one of my favorites is Black Eyed Susan! It's funny to think that I am sowing seeds for summer blooms in the middle of winter.
And I got to thinking there may be a few other folks who would like to have a little summer growing in their homes too!
Black Eyed Susans are beautiful in garden inspired wedding bouquets and designs, but another thing about them is how easy they are to grow from seed.
I did an earlier post on growing flowers from seed- Growing Zinnias From Seed and a lot of the basics are the same. One difference though is the size of the seed- these are much smaller than zinnias and will just need to be pressed into the top of the growing medium. Another key for success for Black Eyed Susans (Rudbeckia by the way), is investing in a special light for growing. A good local source for the Raleigh-Cary, NC area is Garden Supply Company. These seeds should be started around mid February or earlier which means they will need a good indoor light source.
Growing flowers from seed is a great way to get a jump on the season and it brings a sweet breath of spring and summer to your wintertime! If you have any questions I would be happy to provide more information. And if you decide to start growing your own flowers from seed I would love to know!!!