Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Dahlia! A Most Lovely Wedding Flower!!!

Spring is finally underway! And while I am watching spring flowers put on their show, I am also getting ready for summer and fall. I pulled out my dahlia tubers this week and have started getting them ready to plant.
A big favorite for weddings is the Cafe Au Lait Dahlia, and I am so looking forward to growing this beauty again this year. The blossoms are not dinner plate size, but they are large- a good 6-8" in diameter.
I was so excited to use it for several weddings last year, and I am looking forward to using it again this August and September!
Another favorite dahlia of mine is Snoho Doris.This is a ball variety with petals that are peachy pink. It pairs well with blush as well as stronger orange hues. It should start blooming in August and hopefully will keep it up through late October!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Garden Flowers for Spring and Summer Weddings- Chantilly Snapdragons

Every day brings us one day closer to spring! Even with the very cold weather I am already seeing signs. Here's another flower that will be blooming soon at Springwell Gardens- Chantilly Snapdragons!
This type of snapdragon has a lovely open face with delicate petals that face. Chantilly Snapdragons come in an array of soft pastel colors such as pink and peach and light yellow.
I grow this variety with winter protection. The blooms start up in late March along with ranunculus, poppies, and anemones as shown in the design above.
 It continues to bloom through early summer and looks great with zinnias, yarrow and feverfew.
I am looking forward to using it for my May and June weddings!

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.