Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Blue and Purple Muscari for Springtime Weddings

Muscari or grape hyacinths begin showing up at Springwell Gardens usually by mid March. This year they came on a little later.
They are short stemmed fragrant flowers that come in shades of purple, blue and also white.
I purchase my bulbs in the late summer-early fall from John Scheepers. They have a great selection to choose from, (as well as lots of other springtime flowering bulbs). Muscari go into the ground in early November and usually bloom for about 3-4 weeks in the spring. Which makes  these great flowers to use for mid March through mid April weddings.

This year I added Valerie Finnis, a soft pale blue, and White Magic to the traditional purple flowers. I also added another interesting variety not pictured called Saffier, (more about these later).
Because of their short stems they need a separate water source when used in bouquet work, or they may be wired into the design. Oh but they are worth the effort!
Here they are in a bouquet with white ranunculus, black-eyed anemones and white fringe tulips- just beautiful.
Another great feature about muscari is that they multiply in the garden every year. So once you plant them  you will be rewarded with more and more as the years go by!

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