*Availability- all year round except for parts of March and August.
*Colors- yellow only
Craspedia belong to the daisy family and are native to Australia and New Zealand. These cute little balls are so much fun to work with. They really add a whimsical quality to arrangements.
Check out this great craspedia bouquet, how adorable! When I am blogging sometimes I find myself out in the internet world admiring so much great talent. These pictures are from a fabulous photographer in Utah named Rebekah Westover. If you are getting married in the Utah area please check her out, her photography is amazing.
I love the ball theme of this wedding, these two make balloons look cool. Great job Rebekah! You’ve got talent girl.
The peony or “Paeon” was named after the Greek god of medicine and healing. It is also the traditional floral symbol for Mongolia and China.
I don’t use peonies very often because they are SO expensive, I happen to be using them this weekend in a wedding. My bride loves peonies but to do an entire wedding of them would have blown her budget. I suggested to her that we just use them in her bridal bouquet and use cabbage roses for rest of her wedding. Cabbage roses are large and have a high petal count so they look a lot like a peony without the high price.
*Availability- January, February, March, April, November and December.
*Colors- White, Blue, Lavender, Purple, Pink, Magenta, Peach and Yellow.
One of my favorite flowers is hyacinth (wait I say that for way too many flowers). The smell is intoxicating and STRONG so if you are allergic to flowers, this one would not be good for you to be around.
This is one of the many flowers I have the honor of working with in the springtime. I love to use them along with lots of other spring flowers, they make a powerful statement.
One more thing- I love to wire individual blooms and either accent a bouquet with them or make them into boutonnieres.
*Availability- January, February, March, April and half of May.
*Special Care- obtain branches early because opening may take as long as 5 days.
Flowering branches are one of those flowers that have a short season. We really have to enjoy them while they are here because they are so seasonal and seem to go away so fast. I love these made two different ways- 1. all alone in a really tall vase or 2. adding them to a lush arrangement of flowers, sticking out of the arrangement slightly to give it a larger more full look.
Here they are in a vase all by themselves, so simple and so pretty.
I love the delicate flower called sweet pea. It has a really short season and you sort of have to grab it while you can when it comes to using it for an event. When it comes to weddings, I try not to promise a flower to a bride if it has a short season as it might go away just as fast as it came. It’s not so sexy but I think it’s so important to always have a Plan B (that goes for many aspects of a wedding). What I mean by a Plan B for flowers (this only applies to flowers that have a short season or are difficult to find) is that I like to put together an “ideal” bouquet with the brides’ dream flowers. Then come up with a bouquet that will hopefully make her just as happy with flowers that give her the “look” she is wanting.
This makes me think that I should do a post dedicated to those seasonal/difficult to find flowers. I will put it on my list of things to do.
Oh the bells of Ireland, this is a favorite flower of my mother-in-law as she is married to an Irishmen. She gets so excited when she sees these and usually breaks out into some Irish song or other.
These beauties are the brightest green flower and are such a great addition to so many kinds of arrangements. I find that bright green really brings out the other colors that it is placed next to- a complimentary duo.
Today I thought I would talk about the super cheerful sunflower. One reason it seems appropriate to talk about the sunflower is because I live in a city where the sun never sleeps. We are almost into September and there are still plenty of days over 100˚ahead of us. By this time we Phoenicians are DONE with the heat!
Sunflowers are so bright and cheerful, check out this beautiful sunflower wedding from The Brides Cafe. I love the look of this wedding because she used only sunflowers- no filler, no other flowers. Using sunflowers alone is my favorite way to use them because they make SUCH a big statement, adding anything else can cheapen the look.
This inspiration board came from Snippet & Ink, she does inspiration boards to perfection. Check out her website, it’s just a little bit addicting.
Also known as Paper Lantern Plant, Winter Cherry, Bladder Cherry
*Availability- July, August, September, October, November and phasing out into December.
*Colors- orange only
Welcome back to my series on Floral Fridays, I thought I would jump in with a flower that I find so unique and interesting- Chinese Lanterns. My son is back in school and I thought I saw football on the tele a couple of days ago (this is my husbands’ favorite time of year). All of this makes me so excited for fall and two of my favorite holidays- Halloween and Thanksgiving.
How fantastic this flower is! Either alone or in an arrangement, they are simply a show stopper. Whenever I use them people always ask me “are those real?” They just look too unusual to be from nature. But after watching (hopefully all of you did) the Planet Earth series on television, we know that many things from nature are as beautiful and perfect as an artists painting.
Start looking for these in your local market as fall arrives. I have seen them many times at Trader Joes, buy a bunch and put them in a simple tall glass vase on your kitchen counter and wait for the comments.