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Wedding Flowers: Springtime Lilacs

Ahhh… nothing smells like Springtime to me like the mesmerizing floral scents of the lovely lilac.  I grew up in Ohio, so lilac trees were a common sight (not so much here in Raleigh, NC).  My mother had several in her yard, and the heralding of Spring brought heaps of lilac flowers into the house.  To
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Lenten Rose: A Winter-Flowering Beauty

Lenten rose, Helleborus x hybridus,  is not actually a rose at all, but a cousin of the buttercup.  Hellebores bloom in winter, usually anywhere between January and March.  It can be hard to find unique flowers for a wedding this time of year but these little guys love the cold weather.  And although I may
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Wedding Flowers: Pinecones for Winter Weddings

Pinecones, although very common, make for very unique wedding decorations.  They can be used in bouquets and centerpieces, on cakes, or as place card holders.  These cute little cones work just as well for a classic wedding as they do for a rustic one.  And if you have access to a few pine trees, you
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Wedding Flowers: Arrangments Good Enough to Eat

Instead of drying your bouquet after the wedding, how about eating it?!  Vegetables, fruits and herbs in arrangements are the latest rage and have some enthusiastic followers.  Kale, cabbage, peppers, apples, fennel and artichokes are just a few of the tasty ingredients used to whip up these one-of-a-kind creations that are sure to get guests
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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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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: 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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