Rosy outlook

Wedding bouquet

Wedding flowersWedding flowers
Get a head start on spring by ordering your rose bushes for winter planting. Look online for specialist rose nurseries. There are a far great number of rose varieties and species available by mailorder than there are at your local garden centre. Bare-root roses will be sent out in winter, when they’re dormant.

In the meantime, be inspired by these delicious photos from Style Me Pretty. I adore the light pinky-brown rose. The berries look to be from the snowberry (Symphoricarpos), and the white flower in the bottom photo is love-in-a-mist (Nigella).

Foliage filler

bouquet with dusty miller
Duster miller (Senecio cineraria) is an old favourite and it’s especially useful as a filler for vases and bouquets. It’s velvet-like foliage is truly elegant, making other flowers, especially white ones, shine. Dusty miller can be picked throughout the growing season and needs no particular care, other than a spot in full sun.

This beautiful bouquet, from Style Me Pretty, features dusty miller and gypsophila amongst creamy white roses.

Flowers for the table

table flowersBlue table centrepieceHere are two very different floral creations that would both suit a casual centrepiece. The top image shows roses, jasmine and unripe strawberries in a fancy vase; the bottom image is a collection of blue flowers in plain metal dishes. Both look striking in their own way and both look like they’ve been casually thrown together on the spur of the moment – none the worse for it.

Image source: rose bouquet Moonlight Rainbow; blue flowers Basket Bike.

Plant Now: Roses

Pink roses wedding bouquet
Orange roses wedding bouquet Juliet rosesPink roses
Right about now the garden centres are stocking up on the new season’s roses. Roses are sold potted or bare rooted, although most roses sold in garden centres today are sold in containers. Bare rooted plants are usually sent from mail order nurseries direct to the customer.

There is no real difference between the two, except bare rooted roses must be planted straight away or the roots will dry out. If you can’t plant them immediately, you must at least give them a temporary home, a process called ‘heeling in’. Dig a V-shaped trench, and place the plants in the trench at a 45deg angle. [Read more…]

Roses over arches

Rose 'Pink Dawn'

No room for growing roses in your garden? Take a leaf out of this gardener’s book and grow them upwards. An arching arbour is the perfect means for growing roses vertically. Position it to straddle a path or entranceway for a romantic look.

The climbing rose grown here is ‘New Dawn’.  Photo from Veranda

Subtly beautiful bouquet

Green and white wedding bouquet

I really adore this bouquet. It’s so simple but so, so elegant, with its dreamy creamy roses, white hydrangeas, green love-lies-bleeding (amaranth), sunflowers with the petals plucked off, and red berries from the hypericum plant.

Plucking the petals off sunflowers is a neat trick. Once the petals wilt, remove them and you can continue to enjoy the flower head for much longer.

This gorgeous photo comes from The Knotty Bride.

Summer flower combos

Evergreen magnolia, cattleya and gardenia bouquet
Mermaid roses and yellow zinniasBouquet of roses and peaches
I was talking about evergreen magnolias last week, then came across this lovely bouquet (top photo) that uses the leaves as a backdrop to white blooms. The glossy green of the leaves really makes the white flowers pop, I think, with their bronze undersides showing too. The white flowers are made up of cattleya orchids and gardenias, and the fern is the umbrella fern.

The next image features the large-flowered climbing rose ‘Mermaid’ and bright yellow zinnias, [Read more…]

Sunshiny blooms

Hydrangeas and roses
Pink roses in elephant vaseHydrangeas and celosia
It’s officially summer and the roses are finally coming thick and fast. They’ve been late this year. In fact, that’s been the case for many plants. Some commercial growers have reported that their crops have been slower to bloom this year – four to six weeks slower – due to the amount of cloud cover. Apparently we’ve had more cloudy days than usual. Rain too, I’d say.

Roses look terrific in small vases (like this cute little egg cup display from Celebrations, and the pretty pinky blooms in the elephant teapot at Style Me Pretty) or larger ones, as seen over at Florali. Those crinkly blooms beside the roses in the photo directly above are celosia, or cockscomb.

A case for baskets and boxes

basket of roses
Box of astilbes
I could kick myself for the number of baskets I’ve thrown out over the years. They come and go out of fashion, but right now they’re super hot in garden design. They make excellent (if temporary) herb planters and they marry well with colourful annuals like pansies and stock. They make a lovely ‘vase’ too – especially when roses are in the mix. Wooden boxes are equally hot, as you can see in the above creation. Both arrangements are by the talented Susan from Florali. The design with the basket is from here and the wooden box creation is from here.

Sumptuous roses

Madam Hardy rose in a vase
Yellow and pink roses
Look at these absolutely gorgeous roses, in particular the white rose with its green button eye in the top photo. That’s ‘Madam Hardy’ and thankfully we can get it in NZ too (see Tasman Bay Roses website). These sumptuous photos were taken by Carolyn Parker, photographer, writer and rose grower over at Rose Notes. I’m a big fan of hers – and her lovely photos. As she says: “A growing love for roses tossed me onto a path of learning and discovery that happily has no end. The diversity of this remarkable flower – the people who love her – the gardens that grow her – inspire me to blog my heart out. Check out her blog at Rose Notes.