Thursday, November 17, 2011

DIY's for Spring Weddings- Think Pansies Part 1

Pansy BouquetPansies are such cheerful flowers that come in a MULTITUDE of colors and sizes. In Raleigh, NC, mid October through mid December is the best time to plant pansies, and there is still a pretty good selection too.
You may be thinking cute flowers, but what do they have to do with weddings.
Well... here are just a few ways that you can use pansies for your springtime wedding: pressed flower designs, edible additions to decorate desserts for a bridal luncheon or even your wedding cake. You can even take it a step further and create sugared flowers with pansies- I really like this idea because it can be done several weeks ahead of time. I will go over these ideas and more but first...
Let's talk about planting them.
Pansies are fairly easy to grow. And by growing them yourself, you can choose just the right color.
They will need to be planted in a garden bed in part to full sun. Add a light application of fertilizer when planting, and again in early March when they really start growing again.
If planting them in the garden seems intimidating, you could plant them in a large pot with potting soil. I will show you how in the next post.
In the meantime, if you live in the Raleigh-Cary area check out the selection at: Campbell Road Nursery on the corner of Tryon and Campbell Rd. and also Garden Supply Company on Old Apex Rd, in Cary.
Don't hesitate to email me if you have any questions!

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