As the end of April approaches I want to get up one more post about a great April flower for weddings. Bleeding Heart (dicentra spectabilis Gold Heart) has been a favorite at Springwell Gardens for several years. I have loved the occasions that its bloom time has corresponded with weddings.
It makes such a romantic statement in both the bridal bridal bouquet and the groom's boutonniere.
Anemones and ranunculus are probably the two favorite springtime bloomers at Springwell Gardens.
Anemones will actually start up during the winter months and slowly gain momentum through April. By mid March the ranunculus are joining in.
The bold faces of anemones with their dark eye and the full flounced ruffles of ranunculus are a nice contrast in floral designs.
I love to use them for wedding bouquets, but they are also stunning in centerpiece work as well. In March they may be paired with other locally grown flowers such as Bridal Wreath spirea, Winter Daphne, pussy willow and hellebore.
And as springtime moves into April they are joined by leucojum, snapdragons and viburnum and the slightly fragrant buds of Spice Bush. In May they .
So many springtime flowers make a delightful appearance that lasts for only days, and then we must wait until again next year.
One of those flowers is Lily of the Valley. I have been watching for it since the end of March, even though I know it won't come until April. Those delicate white bells finally started unfurling earlier this week and they were a joy to see.
Lily of the Valley is a short stemmed flower that works well for petite designs, or it may be wired and added to larger bouquets. Another option is to provide a hidden water source
Then it can be worked into a larger design such as a centerpiece arrangement. Here it is featured with white anemones, pink, blush and white ranunculucs, hellebore, pieris and bleeding heart.
The white anemones, ranunculus and leucojum are blooming at Springwell Gardens.
Each one is a favorite for springtime weddings.
Below they are gathered together in a charming bouquet with blooms from some springtime flowering shrubs such as Korean Spice Bush and Pieris!
It has been so nice to see spring flowers again after such a cold winter. Their beauty is fleeting though- these flowers love cool springtime weather. With the temperatures flirting with upper 70's and low 80's I am afraid their season will be short!