Ah Anemone. You’re one of my all time favourite flowers. I love the papery petals, beautiful range of colours and instantly recognisable blue-black centre. Anemone feel fresh, pure and youthful and I like that that they’ve been and gone by the time the big summer showstoppers appear. Anemones are normally available in late winter to early spring and come in white, pink, red and various shades of purple and blue.
A simple glass cylinder vase of pure white Anemone is one of my favourite spring sights and such a pleasant contrast to the bountiful and wild arrangements (which I also love!) filling my Instagram feed at the moment. Anemone are also incredibly striking dotted throughout a bridal bouquet full of viburnum berries and fresh lime green or icy grey foliage. Just gorgeous.
Purple anemone | Anemone arrangement
Bouquet | Pink anemones
Mixed anemones & Escort cards – source unknown
Blue anemones | Anemone bouquet
Air plants (aka Tillandsia) are my current obsession. I saw them everywhere while traveling through America in June, and I finally got my hands on some from a British grower during a visit to the Shrewsbury Flower Show at the weekend. Tillandsia are evergreen flowering plants, native to the forests, mountains and deserts of Central and South America and southern United States. The plants do not need roots to live (they only serve as anchors), as nutrients are absorbed through their leaves. This means they can be displayed anywhere like attached to other plants, hung upside down, or simply placed on a mantle… they’re insanely versatile.
Table centre / Air plant bouquet / Mixed bouquet / Wedding cake
There’s hundreds of different varieties and I’m noticing a trend for air plants used in weddings, as the main feature in a bridal bouquet, as well as favours and decor details. They add a beautiful organic feel and interesting texture, and are sure to get your guests talking. Would you incorporate these weird and wonderful little oddities into your wedding?
Single air plant / Hanging air plant display / Air plant cage / Air plant urchins
Nothing divides opinion among florists quite like Gysophila, aka Baby’s Breath. I used to be firmly in the no-go camp but I’m slowly coming around to it with one strict caveat: use it alone, with all white or green, or not at all. I’m yet to see a design I like where it is combined with other flowers, but used alone it has a delicate airy feel that is quite beautiful and whimsical. The fact that is so budget friendly is another major plus so don’t be too quick to discount it (just promise me you won’t pair it with red or pink roses and leather leaf. It’s instant 1980s).
Jam jar / Buttonhole / Chair ends
Let’s be honest, some wedding décor items are luxury rather than necessity. I’m talking pew ends, hanging flower bombs and garlands. Lovely as they are, they often get pushed down on the wish list for many couples if pennies are tight, but opting for Gyp can make them surprisingly affordable and allow you to have these nice extras.
I’m also warming up to gyp for floral crowns and hair pins, as well as fairy wands or posies for cute flower girls. Practically, it’s a fantastic option for hair since it is delicate and lightweight, and holds up OK out of water. Are you considering Gypsphila for your wedding day?
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Fresh herbs are really rather wonderful aren’t they? They transformed my cooking when I really started getting into food a few years ago and we’re now using them more and more in floral designs. They lend a distinctive aroma to arrangements, which is particularly lovely for weddings because smell is such an evocative sense. Use some rosemary in your bouquet and buttonholes for example, and you’ll be swept back to your special day each time you chop some up for dinner. What a treat.
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Rosemary definitely seems to be the most popular herb of choice at the moment, with several of our couples wishing to incorporate it in their wedding flowers. We also like to use mint, thyme, oregano and sage but the possibilities don’t stop there – you can use whatever you want or have growing in your garden.
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Herbs are a great ingredient for couples that like to cook and work really well for table centre arrangements, giving off a fresh and homely scent for your guests while they enjoy their meal. Check out the line up below to get to know your fresh herbs.
1. Coriander; 2. Mint; 3. Parsley; 4. Dill; 5. Basil; 6. Oregano; 7; Rosemary;
8. Chives; 9. Sage; 10: Savory; 11. Thyme; 12. Tarragon; 13. Majoram.
PS. I love this post on handy tips for keeping and using fresh herbs over on Chalkboard Mag.
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Today we’re going to talk about ornamental grass and how bloody wonderful it is. I walk past a cluster at a neighbour’s house every single day and it takes a whole lot of will not to attack it with my secateurs and scamper off down the road. But I’ve brought some seeds to attempt to grow some at home instead (I’ll keep you posted).
The lovely fluffy texture of Pampas grass in particular is so unexpected and exciting in wedding flowers, you instantly want to touch and run your fingers through it. It gives great movement and height to large displays, and the colours are interesting too with dark brown and sand, beige, candy floss pink and moody mauve. We’re looking forward to discussing ideas for using different grasses with brides up for trying something really unique for their wedding flowers. Are you a fan? We’d love to hear your thoughts.