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.
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.
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 …..
….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.
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