Wedding Flowers

Plant Now: Cornflowers

Cornflowers (Centaurea cyanus) are old faithfuls in the cut flower garden, producing blue, white or pink flowers in spring and summer. They’re hardy annuals, so seeds can be sown now (autumn) to grow on through winter, or early spring. Plants sown now will have time to establish before the cold weather sets in and be bigger and taller when it comes to flowering. They will also flower weeks earlier than if you sow seeds in spring, though don’t dismiss spring sowing; I do both.

You can either sow your seeds directly into the ground in a sunny spot or sow them in trays for transplanting later. Keep them watered while growing. You may like to insert stakes as well. A heavy downpour will flatten the tall stems.

When it comes to flowering, pick regularly to ensure the blooms keep coming.

The image second from bottom comes from Chocolate Bowls blog. The bottom image comes from here.

Stunning winter blooms

winter-3winter-1This stunning winter shoot focuses on colour – rich red ranunculi and tulips, bronze cymbidium orchids, the fuzzy bronze leaves of evergreen magnolia, and dried seed heads. I love it! And I’m pretty sure I could replicate this bouquet with flowers and magnolia leaves from my own garden. All I need to do is plant some red tulips and I’ll have it. Though I’d have to buy in the roses for winter, of course.

This stunning photo shoot can be seen over at 100 Layer Cake.

Where are my dahlias?

My dahlias are late this year, though it could be because I dug the whole lot up and replanted them – late. There are some blooming, but they are bedding dahlias. I’m more interested in the tall-stemmed cut flower types. I’m pining for a good dahlia bouquet to bring indoors.

I guess, while I’m waiting, I will have to appease myself with these two gorgeous but completely different bouquets, one flouncy and feminine (from Ruffled Blog), the other more rustic (from Inspired By This), with fruit (blackberries), seed heads and herbs.

Hurry up, dahlias. I want to make up some beautiful bouquets of my own.

Purple and pink blooms


Pretty blooms, don’t you think? This bouquet is made up of proteas (they get a bad rap these days, but they are so beautiful!), cymbidiums (love these orchids), the blotchy leaves of ornamental cabbages (fab), and the seed heads of starball scabiosas (read more about them here).

Image from The Bride Link.

Summer wildflower bouquet


Wow. I’m loving this bouquet, which looks like it’s comprised of blooms straight out of a home garden. A picking garden, at that. Such vibrant colours and so cheerful, don’t you think?

My sunflowers, catmint and dahlias are coming along nicely in my own picking garden. I might be able to replicate this bouquet soon.

Image via Project Wedding

Sweet Living Weddings

Yippee! I’ve finally finished my online weddings magazine, Sweet Living Weddings. It’s massive  – 180 pages worth of crafts, DIYs and tutorials for a glamorous handmade wedding. It features lots of beautiful flowers, with instructions on how to make your own floral head wreath, boutonnieres and bouquets. Plus there are cake decorating tutorials, reception styling tips, jewellery and accessory DIY projects, hair and beauty tips, and lots of real weddings inspiration.  Take a sneak peak of the magazine here.

Pale blue hydrangea

I LOVE this bouquet with its pale blue hydrangeas against soft whites, creams and pale greys. It looks to me like the double hydrangea ‘Forever’ from the You-Me series. These hydrangeas are intriguing. When the flowers first open the plant looks a lot like the lace cap-type hydrangea. But as the flowers continue to open, the large double flowers completely cover the stem, creating a full mop-top of colour.

The other flowers in this bouquet include roses, cosmos, ranunculus and the button-like silver flowers of brunia.

Created by and images via Jardine Botanic Floral Styling.

Orchids in bouquets

cymbidium bouquet
Are your cymbidium orchids in flower yet? Mine are nearly so – just a few more days before they open. They are late this year, though I did move them into a different spot than previous years.

I’ve been working on a weddings magazine these past few weeks, with incredibly gorgeous blooms everywhere. Here’s one of the bouquets and buttonholes, both of which feature cymbidiums.

Cymbidiums are so long lasting they are ideal for bouquets or the vase. Though you can also bring your potted plant indoors once it’s in bloom and use it as a table centrepiece. Once it’s finished flowering, shove it back outdoors.

Read more about growing and caring for cymbidiums




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Herbs in bouquets

Don’t you love herbs in bouquets? Aside from the pretty flowers and textured foliage, the scent they emit is scrumdiddlyumptious (now there’s a grand word). The wedding bouquet above features rosemary and sage leaves (yummy fragrance), hypericum berries (from the St John’s wort plant) and a white lily of sorts. I can imagine prancing down the aisle with this, leaving a delicious scent in my wake.

Then there’s lavender. What can you say about lavender? It’s divine. Plant it in the garden, pick it for the vase and use it in cooking. Try lavender scones. Then serve a fresh pot of mint tea to go with them.

More on how to grow lavender