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This little beauty is a humble edition to any arrangement. It never tries to steal the spotlight but in my opinion does so much to enhance the look.

Scabiosa lends itself well to natural themes and being in season during spring and summer it pairs as beautifully with pastelly coloured fluffy flowers as it does natural tones and a more rustic or whimsical look.

Flores Del Sol & JL Designs

The bouquet features echeveria succulents, Champagne and Metallina roses, scabiosa pods, smoke bush, unripe blackberries, and peach hypericum made by housemartin,  and the gorgeous hairpiece seen on Brooklyn Bride

This bouquet freshens things up using peach calla lilies, pink roses, fiddlehead ferns, scabiosa pods and more, by Branch Out Floral and Event Design in San Francisco.

image found via brushfire photography

by finch and thistle

this happy wedding  and its bouquet I found at Calie Rose

bouquet bouquet

these couple of images below from designs by audrey are just beautiful!!

and some more cute boutenneires…

The above image includes white and yellow ranunculus, beige scabiosa pods, white lisianthus, yellow billy balls and gray dusty miller I found on bouquet bridal

This one below from sweet pea floral is so colourful and stunning…I had to give it two images!!! I love that thank’s to a brides relaxed vision, the designer was free to collect the most charismatic flowers from the market.  Orange dahlia, coral zinnia, fuchsia anemone, purple sweet pea, red cockscomb, red and green ranunculus, scabiosa pods, english lavender, and veronica. LOVE IT!!!

simple classic combination of dusty miller, ivory roses and scabiosa pods. found here

found at love & lavender

found here

unruly things

Scabiosa is not the star of the show…but sure is one hell of  support act with so many different styles!!!

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I have spoken a little about my love of peach coloured flowers in a wedding,…I could see myself as peach/apricot bride, but at the flower shop, these brides seem to be the hardest to please! Peach is such a varied range of colours, it could be a bit more orange, it could be a bit more pink….

This past weekend at work we had a peach bride and she was not happy with her bouquets…. so here we were, 10mins before they walk down the aisle,  madly remaking bouquets!! Not something I would recommend for anyones stress levels!! She didnt think that the flowers were ‘peach’ coloured, so opted to exchange flowers for a white option.

Now, the consensus i am getting from my workplace is that there just isnt many options for peach flowers. I understand that it is a difficult to define colour but since I am madly in love this coloured flower, I want to to do some digging around to see what potential peach(ish) flowers exist for all you future peach brides!

Well, first up would have to be the rose, a elegant option year round.

Varieties below found at fifty flowers

Versilia

Versilia (Blown)

Creamy peach/ peachy surprise sweetheart rose

donna peach rose

Azafran

Prima donna

Cinnamon Peach

Isis

Osiana

Personally, I prefer the look of the garden rose…it suits peach so much!!!

These different varieties I found at a whole blossoms

Juliet Garden Rose (my fav!!! love its shape and texture, just look at those ruffles!)

Caramel Antique Garden Rose Peach Cream

Other flowers that have a peach appearance…

Mozart peach mini calla

carnation

carnation

mini carnations

gerbera

Alstromeria

ranunculus

Hypernicum berries

And for another of my favourite flowers… Dahlias…in peach!!!

Dahlia

Ball Dahlias

There are many other flowers and varieties that can pass as peach but depending on mother nature, lighting, what they are paired with and personal opinion…anyone could disagree! Im sure you will agree that ‘peach’ can mean so many colours and I now understand why it is so hard to please a peach bride!

I am starting to believe that peach in a wedding should be selected with another colour…like peach and creams, or peach and yellows and peach whites….as this colour flower tends to have a tinge of something else in each shade. And I prefer a mix of different flowers for texture and best effect. Here is a little peach inspiration to finish off…

The next 3 images are from the sweetest occasion. Love this wedding

I think the moral of the story is that if you see yourself as a peach/ apricot bride…remember all these images and remember how peach can mean so many different things! But personally, I think if its what you want, its worth persevering!…I know I will! (Just arm yourself with an image of what you want, aim for the ‘look or feel’ and try to be forgiving on the day as mother nature doesn’t always conform to your colour chart!)

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I had never encountered this flower back in oz, but here in Canada, they are everywhere at this time of year and can I just say I LOVE LOVE LOVE them.

The bigger the better….actually….the small ones are just as scrumptious! They look great alone, and look amazing mixed with other richer or softer coloured flowers. The only downer might be the slightly onion smell they can emit (well, you have to forgive them since they are a member of the onion family!)

So I am talking about the Allium. The name “Allium” actually refers to the genus of plants that includes onions, garlic, chives, leeks, and ramps.

source: karaandgroomzilla

The cut flower varieties include Bullet or drumstick allium (Allium Sphaerocephalon) – small, with about 1″ balls of flowers. The real eye catcher is  Globemaster (Allium giganteum), they can grow three to four feet tall with blossoms as large as 14 inches. (typically 5″ diameter blooms)

Globemaster allium are available in Canada from late May into June (late spring early summer), incidentally at the same time as peonies, which are a great companion for this flower!!…Exhibit A…….

So how does this whimsical fella look like in a bridal bouquet?

well for starters it look fabulous on its on as a statement (source) or maybe for your flower girls as a ‘wand’?

at this blog, the bride loves it for its scented addition to her bouquet

Or, you might like the significance that it is a vegetable…here is gorgeous mixed bouquet with all the flowers  from the vegetable family (for all you ‘foodie’ couples out there!)

And what about those arrangements? Allium are fun, whimsical and on their own can look architectural.

source: blueskyflowers

source: karaandgroomzilla
This next one would look lovely either side of the bride and groom for a ceremony.

Just for something different I saw these ball of loveliness hung from strings at one event and it looks amazing….also just as fun, placing them in test tubes so they last that little bit longer …..

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….for a corporate event they are striking….

and one more inspiration…these allium inspired cute invites for a wedding by Two For Joy Paper.

Although purple is the predominant colour, the range of colors is choice, from true blue, dark purple, pink, and white. They can last more than two weeks if you use floral preservative and change the water every few days.

LOVE!!!!!!

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I am a major fan of reuse, and luckily flowers in discarded containers and bottles can look even cuter than in a traditional vase. Because it is a lovely lazy sunny sunday, I thought I would share a very simple idea.

This was part of a wedding last summer and the flower we used here is a brightly coloured Chrysanthemum…we like to call it a pom. Couple of these guys in a tin can and Voila!

Just a quick note, because this can is rather shallow, some floral foam will help to hold this mini masterpiece in place

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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!

image source : savouringsimplicity

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.

image source : stylemepretty

image source: brendasweddingblog

image source : oncewed

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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Since my decision to leave the corporate world and say goodbye to my ‘safe’ job… I have been on a steep learning curve into the world of floral design.

My first job was with an events company and to say it was tacky is an understatement. The weddings I helped set up and “tear down” certainly reminded me of scenes from “My big fat Greek wedding”

All credit to the owners though…the place was certainly popular with brides and I cant complain as it gave me an insight into what goes on behind the scenes of a big event like a wedding. I loved being in the creative environment and didnt mind the all day hard work and 2am ‘teardowns’ following the events. However it didnt take me long to realise It was not my style… mountains of tulle, bling brooches, and headtables that should have been left in the 80’s, remembered fondly only through reruns of the movie The Wedding Singer….

Of all my time at this place, there was only one wedding that stood out to me. Beautiul, intimate and romantic, it set me on my search for a more suited workplace. Here are the only images I managed to keep from that beautiful day….

I spent hours cleaning glass cylinders for the candles we placed and hung everywhere.

Rose petals may have a tendency to look ‘cheap’ in my opinion. But here we kept them concentrated in one area to give the appearance of it overflowing with petals and rather than just scattering rose petals for the ceremony, we included full rose buds. This made the scene appear so much more expensive and lavish!

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