Saturday, December 29, 2012

Something Blue for Springtime Wedding Flowers

Looking for blue flowers for your springtime wedding? Check out these sweet lovelies- Spanish Bluebells (hyacinthoides) and Grape Hyacinths (muscari). Both are fall planted bulbs (or corms) that bloom in the South from mid March through mid April.

 They pair wonderfully with other spring bloomers such as leucojum and ranunculus, and look great in bouquets and centerpiece designs. Spanish Bluebells and Grape Hyacinths also come in whites and pinks, but shades of blue are the most common color. The Grape Hyacinths also have a pleasing delicate fragrance.

An added bonus is that you can purchase your own bulbs in the fall after your wedding, and grow these as a yearly reminder of  your special day. Once they are planted they will continue to come back each spring and multiply year after year....

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Gomphrena for Summer Weddings

The seed catalogs are coming, and garden plans for summer flower beds at Springwell Gardens are under way. One flower that  always finds a niche in the gardens is gomphrena.
  I usually grow the Audray Pink and Audray Red Purple, and sometimes the Bicolor Rose. 
 Their clover-like blooms are such charmers in bouquets and centerpiece designs.
The flowers start up in early summer and when things heat up in July, the plants really begin to crank out the blooms.
  And they don't stop until frost!
The designs in the pictures above also feature zinnias, dahlias and lisianthus.
A good source for seeds for the Audray series is Harris Seeds and the Bicolor Rose can be found online at Johnny's Select Seeds. Note: these flowers are GREAT for drying for Christmas and winter designs too!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Garden Gatherings for Christmas Wreaths

Christmas wreaths are a favorite of mine. Each year I enjoy making several for family and friends. I used to wire all the greenery myself, but it has been such a time saver to purchase a fresh green Noble fir base and embellish with nature and garden gatherings and even a little produce from the store.
If a plant is going into one of our garden beds or border, it has to do more than look nice- it has to offer something that can be used. Over the years we have added a variety evergreen shrubs that are wonderful for cutting Christmas greenery from. They include:
Chamaecyparis pisifer "Golden Mops"
Chamaecyparis obtusa "Crippsii"
and Osmanthus heterophyllus "Goshiki"
Good sources for berries include nandina and holly bushes. And then there are the great finds along paths, sidewalks and among trees such as...
brown pods from wisteria vines, wooden-like pods from trumpet vines, peeling bark from Crepe Myrtles, 
sweet gum balls, dried flowers such as golden yarrow (from the garden) and Lady apples from the store
Add a bow... or not
 And enjoy!!!
Most of this material can be inserted into the wreath using a hot glue gun. Some, such as the apples, must first be mounted on a stake, then attached with hot glue. Multiple stems of gum balls are wrapped together with wire so that the unit can be glued in as one piece.
Questions- just email me!