Wedding Flowers

Wedding Flowers: Backyard Bouquets

Summer gardens offer a bounty of choices for bouquets and centerpieces.  You can show off your green thumb with gorgeous hand-tied posies from your own garden or carry a beautiful bouquet of blossoms that were grown by a family member or close friend.  And if you don’t have access to a blooming garden, visit your
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Wedding Flowers: Hello, my name is Hosta

Ahhh… summer.  Isn’t it just the best time of year?  Well, I think so, anyway.  Hi.  They call me Hosta.  I like a nice shady spot to hang out in during those long summer days.  I’m one of America’s favorite perennial plants because of my wonderful leaves…they can be different sizes, shapes, textures, and colors. 
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Wedding Flowers: Hello, my name is Allium

Some people call me “stinky.”  Dogs and cats call me “toxic.”  But florists see me in a different light.  They think I’m beautiful.  Hi, I’m the ornamental onion.  You’re probably familiar with my cousins: garlic, chives and leeks.  And while they have great culinary value, their flowers are no match for mine.  I am the
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Floral Trends: Succulents

Succulents are a type of plant that are very common in gardens and as houseplants.  Hens and Chicks, Burro’s Tail, Aloe, and String of Pearls are all succulents that I associate with my grandma… the old school hobby horticulturist who loved the drought-loving plants because they are almost bullet-proof.  But succulents are making a come
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Wedding Flowers: Hello, my name is Ranunculus

“rah-NUN-kew-lus”?  That’s right.  That’s my name.  Hey, I can’t help it if my name doesn’t do my beautiful flowers justice.  They are deeply hued with numerous petals that make my flowers look almost fake.  I belong to the buttercup family and I’m more commonly called Persian buttercup, after one of the countries that I’m native
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Wedding Flowers: Hello, my name is Paeonia.

Hello, there.  My name is Paeonia, but people call me peony for short.  Let me tell you about myself.  I love being the center of attention! My large flowers take up a lot of space in wedding bouquets and centerpieces.  My big beautiful flowers only come around once each year, so hurry up and find
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Wedding Flowers: Hello, my name is Gerbera

Nice to meet you, too.  My name is Gerbera daisy but Gerbera jamesonii is my full name.  You’ve probably met other flowers from my family… sunflowers, daisies, or asters.  I am originally from South Africa, but you can find my siblings and I just about everywhere these days.  And though we look a lot alike,
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Wedding Flowers: Hello, my name is Moluccella

Nice to meet you.  They call me Moluccella laevis.  I know, my name doesn’t exactly roll off your tongue.  It’s pronounced ‘mol-yoo-SELL-uh LAY-viss’.  Most people call me Bells of Ireland, although strangely enough, I’m not from Ireland.  Must be my green color.  And my bells, you ask?  Well, those are actually my green calyces along
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Wedding Flowers: Forever Bouquets

Have you ever thought of carrying a brooch bouquet down the aisle?  What about toting around a button bouquet?  Ribbons, brooches, buttons, papers, and beads are just a few of the things making up today’s unique bridal bouquets. Just think how awesome it would be to be able to incorporate your grandmother’s favorite brooch and
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Wedding Flowers: Hello, my name is Xerophyllum

This month, I would like to introduce you to a plant that is deceiving.  Well, at least its common name is.  Xerophyllum tenax, commonly called bear grass, is actually not a grass at all; in fact, it’s part of the lily family.  This is a really neat plant whose leaves are traditionally used by Native
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