The old, historic section of Nice, France, has a wonderful flower and produce market. I always learn something new when I visit floral shops, markets, and growers. Many of the flowers offered at this market are grown locally in neighboring cities and towns in France. For ten euros, I was able to purchase a huge bouquet of roses and lisianthus. Tres jolie!
I also noticed the straw/raffia bouquet holder used by many of the vendors. It was wired with a handle to easily arrange the flowers. Of course, I brought one home.
It was such fun to create greenery themed wedding florals using seeded eucalyptus, myrtle, ruscus, and magnolia leaves. White flowers . . . roses, freesia, and veronica . . . complemented the natural, bohemian style of the bride.
Orlaya is a type of Queen Anne’s Lace and in this arrangement is a perfect complement to the burlap and lace decorating theme. Also in this centerpiece are Majolika spray roses, hypericum berries and seeded eucalyptus.
The woodland theme is a unique way to utilize natural, diverse materials. Here is an example of a handheld ‘bouquet’ that departs from the more usual emphasis on flowers and greenery. It resembles a small dish garden and can be as creative and personal as desired.
Tropical flowers are long lasting, brightly colored, and dramatic in their shape and form. Here are examples of proteas and anthurium. The orange pincushion flower is a type of protea . . . anthuriums are heart shaped flowers that come in many colors. Birds of paradise are predominantly orange with accents of blue. In arrangements and bouquets, just a few flowers are needed to make a statement!
Summer is a bonus . . . flowers are at their peak in the garden in June and July. Stars this year include Bells of Ireland, daisies, dahlias, and lisianthus. Perennials are here briefly … delphiniums, butterfly weed, and hydrangeas are just a few.
The peonies bloom in early June in southern Wisconsin but are here for only a short time. Pink peonies plus hosta leaves, Solomon seal leaves and snow on the mountain blooms combine to make this garden arrangement.
Arrangements sourced with garden flowers are fun to make on the spur of the moment totally based on what’s in bloom today. Here are some backyard bouquets using flowers, branches, and greenery picked directly from the garden.
The centerpieces for this June wedding shower were arranged in gold painted cans of various sizes. The request from the bridal party was to arrange the flowers in the containers as if they had just been picked from the garden. Yellow, blue and cream were the dominant colors. We used spider mums, snapdragons, thistle and Queen Anne’s lace complemented by chamomile daisies and billy balls (craspedia).