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Well this weekend has been rough. I was on delivery to a wedding that had a $10,000 flower budget…thats right…$10,000 just on flowers alone.

Plus about 6 more weddings across this weekend. I find it highly stressful. Let me rephrase….. I absolutely LOVE making the arrangements, I LOVE delivering and transforming the venue…. but…I don’t like the stressfulness in the shop- and being an employee, especially being new to floristry, I am always on eggshells trying to be fast, to be thorough, to do it right….plus I didnt even like the cenetrepieces for the big wedding. The concept doesnt bother me (a ball of flowers on top of a tall vase) actually I kinda like that look for a traditional and more elaborate wedding.  BUT, the type of vase, the choice of flowers and the colours just did nothing for me.  Personally, I thought it was rather ugly. Definetly not my taste, so I want to find some inspirational pictures of ball arrangements on vases that do inspire me!

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Lets just say, this has been a harder task then I would have imagined. The ones above dont blow me away but they all have elements that I like. The last one in particular is unique and beautiful…and I think the one above would look fabulous in an outdoor marquee wedding in the springtime.

Maybe its the mood I am in, but I really wanted to share examples that blow me away beautiful (especially since these guys aren’t cheap!)….I will now be on the lookout for any pictures of tall ball of flower centre pieces so I can share!

 

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The sun is out and the lilacs are in full bloom….a sure sign that spring is (finally) here! Only available for a few weeks, they are one of my favorites!! I love lilacs as a wedding flower but due to my wedding date in May, sadly this is not an option for me. I do plan to however fill my house with bundles of these beautiful stems and bask in the beautiful scent that will fill my home!

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Indigenous to Europe and Asia, the Lilac grows as bush, and the romantic flower clusters burst along the ends of solid stems. The fresh hues delight in white, violet, blue, lilac, pink, magenta and purple. They are typically available in the spring and sometimes onwards into the summer months. In Canada, where i currently live, that means our shop is full of sweet smelling lilacs at the moment. Back home in Australia, you will have to wait a while as they wont appear until sometime between September and Febuary.

In any arrangement they have an elegant presence. Personally I love the relaxed feel, touch of whimsy or even rustic and romantic vibe they can add to any arrangement.

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As a centrepiece it as beautiful in its simplicity alone, as it is mixed with other flowers

The saddest news is that the Lilac is not a particularly long lasting flower. As a cut flower, out of a controlled cooler environment, it longevity is a mere 3-5 days at best. So with the few short weeks that Lilacs are here with us, here are a couple of tips to help get the most from them…..

  • Water!!!!!! They are a very thirsty flower. Some people like to crush the woody stems, but for me, I prefer to recut the stems often and place them in lukewarm water that is changed regularly (every two days) Dont place them in floral foam, this just blocks the water getting to them
  • Cut Lilacs do not love the heat, so please take care not to place them in the hot afternoon sunlight….Sorry brides, an eloborate outdoor wedding in the hot sun does not equal happy Lilac centrepieces!

In the language of flowers, Lilacs can symbolise the first emotions of love. Well, here is one person who experiences the emotions of love every year this beautiful flower appears in spring!

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