Its once started! I’m planning the garden for next season but this time all the raised beds will be filled with cut flowers for a wedding. The bride to be has sent me her list of flowers she would like me to grow for the wedding and half the seeds have once arrived. The rest of the seeds can’t be ordered until early December but that’s not far off. I love growing flowers for events. Okay, I love flowers any time. The colours we are using are light pink, white and light purple. Some of the flowers are new to me so I have to shoehorn I’m a bit nervous well-nigh growing them. I’ve washed-up a garden plan and grouped the flowers in the beds depending on their heights. Plants growing 3′-4′ tall will get their own bed and be supported using floral netting. It’s a good thing I kept the netting from the last wedding I grew for. I’m not looking forward to untangling the netting. As much as the netting supports the plants its a pain to take lanugo when the plants are done.
So what am I growing next year? The main flower is Lisianthus which needs to be started 10-12 weeks surpassing last frost. That ways I’ll be planting the seeds in mid to late January so we have blooms in time for the wedding. I’ve moreover learned that Lisianthus is a bit of a vocalist and doesn’t like the rain. That ways I may need to have a hoop house ready to imbricate her tender blossoms. Talk well-nigh drama!
I’m moreover growing carnations in white and light pink. I love carnations as they last so long in a vase. They will be the perfect wedding flower. Carnations grow to well-nigh 3′ tall so they will need some support to alimony them from falling over. I’m growing yearly carnations which will be started in late winter. Carnations need at least six hours of sun and a well tuckered soil. Did you know carnations are one of the most popular flowers in the world?
There will moreover be untried orach and Persian cress which I will grow in an zone where its shaded in the afternoon. The cress can be zestless so that’s a lifesaver if it decides to vendibles and go to seed when summer arrives. The Persian cress may require multiple plantings to get the timing right for the wedding. Both the orach and cress are edible plants with either trappy leaves or seed pods.
Snapdragon and Larkspur will fill one of the raised beds. These two flowers are wondrous fillers for bouquets. I will start the Snapdragon seeds in early March in the greenhouse. They could be sown directly outside in April but I want to get the spacing correct and sometimes that’s not so easy with tiny seeds. Larkspur is weightier uncontrived sown where you want it to grow but I’ll have when up seedlings just in case. Planting seedlings is unchangingly the weightier bet as they are increasingly tolerant to pests like slugs when they are larger plants.
I’m growing one of my favourites for the wedding, Ammi. Its got such large flowers with some of them stuff well-nigh 7″ across. If you want an architectural plant this is the one. Check out the perfect patterns within this flower. Isn’t nature amazing? Ammi or false Queen Anne’s lace prefers to be uncontrived sown but it’s a slow starter so be sure to plant it in late April.
Statice in shades of purple, pink and white will make up fillers for the wedding flowers. Statice is so easy to grow but I was surprised at how tall it could grow. Its well-nigh 30″ upper and takes up little room so plants can be planted tropical together. If you follow my Facebook page at That Bloomin’ Garden you’ll know how much I love drying flowers. I think it’s considering it gets me through the winter months when the skies are so grey here on the west tailspin of British Columbia.
Have you grown wedding flowers for someone? I’d love to hear how that went. I know I can’t tenancy Mother Nature so rain and heat can be an issue. Fortunately there are unchangingly unorganized flowers to segregate from in the garden. For example, the Tanacetum or feverfew is a unconfined filler in bouquets. Here it’s been combined with asters and hydrangea flowers for a striking bouquet.
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