Saturday, March 28, 2015

Spring Flowers at Springwell Gardens

Spring is here, and the spring flowers are putting on their show. This year at Springwell Gardens
there are white, magenta and blue anemones, blue and white muscari, white and pastel ranunculus, leucojum, daffodils, and pussy willow just to name a few.
Spring is a short season in the South, which makes these flowers extra special. The bloom period for many of these is just two to four weeks.
Some like the anemones and ranunculus will bloom a little longer. I suggest that brides who are interested in using locally grown flowers, especially in the spring, learn ahead of time what is blooming around their wedding date.
Are you interested in daffodils or a special color of ranunculus, maybe something blue? If you plan ahead (late summer to early fall), and you're working with a designer who grows flowers you may be able to have her grow some- just for you!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Dahlia! A Most Lovely Wedding Flower!!!

Spring is finally underway! And while I am watching for spring flowers, I am also getting ready for summer and fall. I pulled out my first batch of dahlia tubers this week and have started potting them up.
A favorite for weddings is the Cafe Au Lait Dahlia, and I am so looking forward to growing this beauty again this year. While the blooms are not dinner plate size, but they are large- a good 6-8" in diameter.
It was great to have 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!