A Study of Late Summer Flowers in PEI

Study #1 – Late Summer Flowers and Foliage 

The summer may be drawing to a close, but there is still so much in bloom all around the house. I had to go out side and collect some of the last summer blooms before the fall is in full swing.


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Study #2 – Early Fall Flowers and Foliage

Most of these wild flowers, rose hips and berries were hiding in the hedge rows between the fields around the house. I have a good feeling about the arrival of fall this year, don’t you? It’s so pretty here in Brackley Beach!

A Quick Study of Late Summer and Early Fall Flowers in PEI

Wedding Colour Trends

Pink Ribbon Pallette

Looking for the latest wedding colour trends? No Problemo!

Blush has been hot, hot, hot for the last year or two and it doesn’t look like it will cool down any time soon! The question is, which blush to choose? That my friend, is completely up to which shade you prefer. From pastel pink, a rich deep mauve, to guava, there is no doubt there’s a blush pink just right for you!

Idea: Love all blush pinks? Can’t decide on just one? Ask your florist to create an ombré colour scheme using all tints, tones and shades of blush.

Purple and Grey
In love with Victorian theme? Try using a few different shades of purple to add more depth to your arrangements like soft lilac, lavender and violet. Accent with soft charcoal and a touch of ivory or champagne lace of course, and away you go!

Navy and Yellow
Navy: an air of tact, class and maturity. Bring some extra fun into your colour scheme by adding a pop of bright yellow. Finally, combine an extra mid-tone of grey and viola!

Cream and Nude
There is no question that classic white is and always will be, simply Beautiful!  The new trend of using warmer whites and creams with nudes allows much more contrast between blooms giving white a whole new dimension. Love!

Turquoise and Soft Orange
This bright and cheerful duo is sure to put a big smile on everyone’s face! Plus it looks great with almost any theme from beach, to tropical, to chic, or anywhere in between.

Get the Scoop on True Blue Flowers

Blue foliageIf you’re planning to have blue flowers for your wedding, this list will come in handy!

True blue is actually a very rare colour for flowers. Due to the process of pollination, flowers simply naturally select red and yellow pigments over blue, because those colours attract more insects and birds. In more than 280,000 flowering plant species around the world, less than 10% produce blue flowers. In floral design, purple is usually used as a substitute for blue. But, there are a few varieties that we florists are able to get our hands on! Below is a list that I have compiled of different blue flora, however short it may be!

Blue spring bulb flowers are common flowers that florists use and include:
Muscari – rather small in size, these flowers are also called grape hyacinth.
Hyacinth – these flowers are also known for their wonderful scent.
Iris – probably the most popular blue bulb flower and also come in shades of purple and white.

Very common blue mass flowers:
Agapanthus – native to South Africa, these bulb flowers are available most of the year.
Hydrangea – a popular wedding flower, available in light blue as well as white, green and other colours.

Other common blue flowers that florists will carry:
Delphinium – this is a very blue line flower, meaning that it’s blooms grow vertically up the stem.
Blue Eryngium – this flower looks more like a greenery and is available most of the year.

Less common blue flowers that florists may carry:
Bachelor’s Buttons – found north of the equator and is available in late summer.
Echinops – can be cultivated in Canada for the late summer.
Blue Strelitzia Reginae – or Blue Birds of Paradise, are white and blue tropical flowers. These flowers are extremely rare.
Blue Viburnum Berries – sometimes available in late summer or early fall.

Blue Foliage:
True blue foliage is extremely rare, probably even more so than blue flowers. Below I have compiled a short list of foliage that has cool tones, although none of these are true blue. But these greeneries will often give you the feeling of blue, especially when mixed with brightly coloured  flowers like yellows, oranges and hot pinks.

Succulents – these plants are actually considered a flower, but for our purposes I have placed them with foliage. They come in many varieties including ‘hen and chicks’.
Eucalyptus – available all year round and come in many different varieties including: Sprial, Seeded, Silver Dollar, Gunni and Parvifolia.
Dusty Miller – more silver than blue, this velvety foliage is also available year round.
Lambs Ear – quite velvety, similar to Dusty Miller.

 

Part 2: Green, Eco-Friendly Wedding Bouquets

 

Eco-Friendly Weddings Detail

A Bridal Bouquet is the most important arrangement in a bridal flower order. It is a direct expression of You, so it should be everything you’ve dreamed!

Yesterday’s post was about ways to make the flowers for your wedding a little greener, as well as ways to make your centrepieces a little more eco-friendly. Today’s post is focusing on: Your Bouquet!

Hand-tied vs. Wired Wedding Bouquets
Wired wedding bouquets use A LOT of tapes and wire, as well as hard plastic and foam bouquet holders (not biodegradable!). Hand-tied bouquets use no wire and a minimal amount of tape (if any). Instead, their stems are tied and wrapped by hand, with ribbon (or fabric, etc.)  

Cascading Wedding Bouquets
Some styles of cascading wedding bouquets are still possible without all the wire, tapes and bouquet holders. Ask your florist about floral varieties that easily drape, namely Phalaenopsis Orchids, Dendrobium Orchids, Lisianthus/Eustoma, Bupleurum, Amaranthus, Asparagus Plumosa, and Variegated Lily Grass. Using flowers that are already cascading in nature allows your florist to create a hand-tied, cascading bouquet, more easily. Be open to your florist’s suggestions because they know best!

Green Accents for Your Wedding
Replace plastic based ribbons with cotton based materials or natural fibres like twine or burlap. Or again, think re-purpose! I have a bride next month who asked me to incorporate leftover fabric into her wedding order, which was from tailoring her bridesmaids dresses. Just be creative! And have fun doing it! 

*Above photo:
Check yesterday’s post for the ingredients for the above photo.

Green, Eco-Friendly Wedding Flowers

Eco-Friendly Wedding Centerpieces 2The great thing about a green wedding, is not only are you showing Mother Nature a little extra love on your wedding day, it’s also a little easier on your pocket!

Local Materials
Request your florist to check in your area to see if there are any local greenhouses growing commercial grade flowers. Be open to what’s available in colours and varieties. Local = less world wide shipping + supports your local economy. Win, win!

On-Site Materials
Ask your florist if they are open to designing the floral arrangements for your wedding using some of the naturally occurring flora in your area. Certain times of the year may be better than others to find quality outdoor flowers and other materials. Trust your florist’s advice, eye for design, and years of experience. Also, sometimes quantity can not always be guaranteed: weather happens! So, work with your florist in advance to come up with Plan B.

Eco-Friendly Wedding Centrepieces
Think re-purpose! Even recycled containers can be easily concealed or up-cycled to suit many different wedding themes. Simply paint them or completely cover them with leaves. Potted plants can also make great table centrepieces. Go super green by using trios of ‘Veggie Patch’ or ‘Herb Garden’ plants that your guests can take home with them. Have your florist arrange them for you to add that extra visual appeal! ; )

*Ingredients for above photo:
Queen Anne’s Lace, Solidago, Clover, Cerastium, and other field flowers in the area. 

 

Nature’s Finds

 

 


bright and whimsicalI often go on walks or strolls to listen to the birds and get closer to nature. I am always gathering small treasures that the woods have left behind for me to find.

Birch bark in particular has been one of my favourite finds as of late. I love it rolled into a spiral like a cinnamon stick and placed in wreaths or grouped together in arrangements made in floral foam. Birch bark is also nice wrapped around containers. 

I am always fascinated by the immense variety in branches, even those from the same kind of tree. Some branches have more colouring than others  or less bark in places, while others may have interesting lichens growing around them. New raspberry shoots that come up in the spring time are a particularly pretty mahogany colour and are quite malleable for weaving around the inside of a vase.

And of course pine cones!  Their unique array of forms never cease to amaze me. I collect them all year round to use in arrangements during the Christmas season. Next time you’re out for a stroll, have a look around you and see what gifts nature has left waiting for you! 

 *Ingredients for the arrangements above:
Vanco Farms tulips, yellow pinocchio chrysanthemums, hot pink carnations and raspberry shoots

  

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Plant Life: the perfect cohabitant for us human beings; breathing out oxygen for us to take in. How can we feel anything other than adoration for them and their beautiful gifts of blooms? 

I saw this Hibiscus tree for sale in a shop earlier this past spring and I bought it, not because of it’s wonderful condition, but because it was almost dead. I knew that if I didn’t take it back to the house with me it would probably end up in a garbage heap. So, I brought it home and started removing all of the dead leaves, and with much love over the course of the summer, it is now in full bloom. And too be perfectly honest, I have never seen a hibiscus bloom in person until now! I now keep this little tree in my bedroom and get to wake up to these blooms every morning. You see, to me, flowers are a way in which we can bring nature, our very essence, back into the spaces we inhabit. They can invigorate a space, create an air of magic, or provide a romantic feel.

I am reminded of a quote I came across a while ago, ‘Be sure to stop and smell the flowers along the way.’ Life moves quickly, and flowers remind me to stop and notice the beauty that exists around us at all times. So in this sense, floristry is not only an avenue for me to use my creativity, but also has spiritual relevance. Being near nature centres me, and reminds me of the perfect balance we have with plants and in life.

Awaking to the Hibiscus Tree