Tips for Arranging Wedding Flowers

wedding-bouquet-366505_640As much as we love to report on the latest from around the world in garden flowers, and the best assortments to put in your garden, we also love the art of florist and arranging flowers. One of the biggest occasion for flower arranging is for weddings. Maybe you want to try and do your own to save a bit of cash, maybe you have been arranging flowers a while and want to start doing it on the side to help out a friend, or earn a little bit of extra money. Either way we have some top tips for getting the best out of arranging your own flowers for weddings.

The first thing to think about is exactly how many flowers you need. DO not get more than you are going to be using, as this is a waste. You can always pick up a few extra if needed, but its foolish to let some go to waste. You want to aim for getting the flowers about 2 days before, so you have plenty of time to arrange, but they are still at the peak in terms of freshness.

Once you have the flowers, and the time, make sure you have a large open space you can make a big mess on. A shed, or a large table in a big kitchen are ideal, or maybe even a big table in the garage.

Next split up your bunches and trim any extra foliage and strip back any lower leaves that will be below the point where you tie them. Make sure the flowers are well hydrated before you tie them. Leave them in a big bucket of water overnight, then get on with the arranging early the next morning.

Then to make your bouquet or centrepiece, pick your central flower, and then hold it in your weaker hand. Then keep rotating the bunch, slowly adding more flowers and creating the colour scheme and pattern you want. Keep doing this until you have the desired size, and colour lay out needed. From there you can then trim the stems so they are all uniform in size. Then it is time to tie.

Use a thin wire string at a push, but preferably you want twine, available from just about all garden centres. You want to wrap the string around twice. This will help it hold firm, without cutting off the flow of water through the stem by squashing them. Then tie a double knot to finish the deal.

Best Spring Flowers

daffsIf you are wondering what flowers you could need to be getting in your garden this spring, then look no further. We all love spring as the weather starts getting slightly warmer, and we can think about sparking life back into the garden once more. Maybe you want a new flower bed, or just a couple of extra plants to replace withering ones, or a total change in theme and colour. We hope the ideas we give you here will help with it, no matter what task you are undertaking in your garden.

The best place to start is with a pansy, the classic early season bloomer. It is great to bring some colour bag to depleted beds, or tired window boxes that will reinstall a freshness to your flowers. The difference in colour gives great variety, and you local garden centre should have lots to pick from.

Next we will talk about is bloodroot. Bloodroot will make its presence felt around early spring and offers up gorgeous crisp white flowers. A herbaceous perennial that needs a little shade, is perfect for any garden that is shaded, or has a woodland theme to it.

Where would we be without the all time great, and amazingly popular snowdrops. They are such big business now that garden centres dedicate whole days to unleashing a barrage of different kinds upon their customers, and they flock to them. A lovely subtle fragrance, the sign of snowdrops is a great way to start off a healthy spring and summer of life in your garden.

Finally we conclude with another classic, the daffodil. This bright and uplifting spring classic can be purchased in a range of sizes, shapes and colours. These will need a good blast of full sunlight, and do not cope well in the shade. They can be trimmed back and left to re emerge the following spring, so make sure you handle them properly to ensure a healthy crop year after year.

The Best Garden Bedding Plants

image by Andrew Curtis
image by Andrew Curtis

Bedding plants are a crucial part of any garden, and picking out the right types for your summer theme can be crucial. Getting the right mix and balance with your flowers and larger plants can make or break it for you. Colours and textures are all crucial, so we decided to offer up some advice and inspiration on some of the best summer bedding plants.

Why not get started with a popular classic, the geranium. These are common place in so many gardens, and that is no coincidence, There sturdy nature means they love hot conditions, and will keep flowering for you all the way through till the frost starts to creep in. Usually you will find them in pinks and purples, but the reds and whites can also be fantastic. You can find them to climb up trellis, or trailing and upright varieties. A superb choice.

Next we will talk about the benefits of having a selection fo sweet peas in your garden, a fantastic choice of bedding plant for any cottage type garden. The colour is very wide ranging, and the sent is simply fantastic. Well capable of climbing high enough to tangle around trellis, and other structures, why not try the dwarf variety fr a little bit of cover lower down.

Maybe you want a good variety of bees in the garden, and if that’s the case then cosmos may well be what you are after. The big wide flowers are a superb shade of pink, and the foliage on show really does mix up the texture of any garden. A really eye catching idea, and one we are very fond of dotting throughout our summer gardens.

Hopefully this has given you just a brief glimpse into the many differing bedding plants on offer, that can be used to breathe life and new invention into your summer time garden. Keep looking for further articles on summer gardens, and how to bring all our suggestions together into some fantastic arrangements.

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