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8.18.2009

Flowers for all Seasons

Top 5

What most people think of when they think of the change in seasons, is weather. This impacts not only the clothes you wear (especially if you live in the mid-west or north east) but also what flowers are available on a month to month basis. In my “Top 5” I’ll review my favorite bouquets for every season as well as my all time favorite, for any season.
WINTER
Many people think winter is a very difficult season for flowers, but that isn’t entirely true. Many flowers are available and most beautiful in the winter. Here are some of them:

Anemone
Daffodil
Heather
Ranunculus
Sweet Pea
Tulip
Viburnum


(Megelaine Photography)

This bridal included white anemonies, white freesia and white lisianthus accented with loops of beargrass. The bride also wanted me to include a special pin from her grandmother.

SPRING
Spring, as assumed, is the season of plenty. Everything seems to be in bloom and it’s no mystery why it’s the favored time of the year for weddings. Some of the flowers available in the spring are:

Anemone
Daffodil
Hyacinth
Iris
Larkspur
Lilac
Lily of the Valley
Narcissis
Peony
Ranunculus
Tulips
This bridal includes one of my favorite flowers for Spring, the peony. There is just something special about a peony and I can hardly resist including it in my May and June weddings. As well as the peony, roses in champagne and off white also compliment the simple but timeless color scheme.
SUMMER
Summer brings about bright colors and hearty varieties. One thing to be sensitive about this season, please ask your florist what varieties will be least suseptable to the hot weather, especially if you are having an outdoor wedding. Some flowers I would suggest for this season include:

Bachelor’s Buttons
Cosmos
Dahlia
Daisies
Delphinium
Gladiolus
Hydrangea (although they can be difficult in direct sunlight)
Larkspur
Ranunculus
Scabiosa
Stock
SunflowerTuberose
Zinnia

All of the colors of Summer, these bridesmaid bouquets include purple lisianthus, green roses, orange mini calla lilies, orange and red dahlias and green cymbidium orchids. I love being able to work with bright colors in the summer.

FALL
Although Fall is one of the more difficult season to find a variety of flowers locally, it’s my favorite. I love the rich colors that seem to be everywhere. Although I like stepping out of the box with color and shape, I can’t help myself to not use browns, oranges and reds in a fall bouquet. Fall flowers include:

Amaranthus
Chrysanthemums
Cockscomb
Cosmos
Dahlias
Delphinium
Hydrangeas
Scabiosa
Zinnia

Gerbera Daisies, scabiosa, hypericum berry and dahlias created the bulk of this bouquet with a few chocolate cosmos thrown in for drama. The tone on tone color scheme never gets old.

ALL YEAR
You might be surprised and the amount of wedding flowers that are available all year round. Here is a list:

Alstomeria
Aster
Bouvardia
Calla Lily
Carnations
Chrysanthemum
Delphinium
Freesia
Gardenia
Gerbera Daisy
Gladiolus
Gloriosa Lily
Iris
Larkspur
Lily
Lisianthus
Orchid
Rose
Stephanotis
Stock
Veronica

I know it’s no fun, but my favorite flower is still a rose. There are applications I don’t like them in, particularly corsages, but they just make a beautiful bouquet. There is something so utterly classic about an all rose bouquet, nothing beats it. The best part is that you can make one any day of the year.

Thanks to Trician Riverire http://www.lovelillian.net/ for allowing me to contribute to her blog with my "Top 5"

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