Sunday, July 21, 2013

Karma Dahlias for Summer and Fall Bouquets

There's a new dahlia at Springwell Gardens- "Karma Chocolate". It's a rich dark red with a chocolate-red center. And it's absolutely stunning.
It's featured in this bouquet with lavender and white summer phlox, pink zinnias and lisianthus, lavender and white foxglove, Black Knight scabiosa, and a burgundy-black collar of perilla leaves.
Karma Dahlias have been bred especially for cut flower use, and they come in an array of beautiful colors. One good source for the tubers is: Eden Brothers.
There has been plenty of rain this summer, so the plants have been performing very well.
Vase life for these beautiful dahlias has been about 5-6 days. I am really looking forward to the fall bloom season- they should look stunning for Kelsey and Eddie's early October wedding!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Peach Dahlias and Zinnias with Black Eyed Susans for Summer Weddings

Yes, it really is summer!!! I was lulled into thinking that the weather we had been experiencing earlier in July and June was summer weather- well that was wrong- so here it is the real thing, lots of humidity and temps in the 90's.
Good thing there are flowers that can take this heat. Flowers that actually like it, like Black-eyed Susans and zinnias and gomphrena.
 Here they are in a bouquet in soft and warm peach tones, golden yellows and orange and red.  Yes, these flowers are the epitome of summer.
This centerpiece also features zinnias, dahlias and Black-eyed Susan along with yellow stems of butterfly bush, orange crocosmia and orange butterflyweed.
Garden foliage abounds in the summertime- hellebore leaves, scented geranium, ferny stems from yarrow and stonecrop..
For textural interest add brown and orange discs from Black-eyed Susans and Purple Cone flowers as well as the flower cones from Bee Balm. 
These pieces are destined for a styled shoot by Swanky Elephant Planning and Design that will be photographed by Blest Photography.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Wedding Flowers for Summer- Think Sun Coleus, Dahlias and Daisies

The flowers are holding their own so far at Springwell Gardens, even with all the rain that we have had these past couple of months.There are lots of yellows, peaches and bright chartreuse for weddings later this month and next month.
While zinnias are some of my favorites, there are other beauties blooming too, like dahlias, coneflowers, Black-eyed Susans and daisies. And some great foliage selections like the Sun Coleus...
Just a few of these bright colored leaves add a great contrast to the flowers in this bouquet.
Sun Coleus come in a wide variety of colors and are great for summer and fall wedding designs.