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Wedding Flowers – Part 1

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – June 23

I spent the day working on the table arrangements for Kate’s wedding. Here are my thoughts, after completing 45 of the 60 centerpieces.

  1. I don’t know how any professional florist manages unless he/she has a full time massage therapist on staff. My upper back is killing me.
  2. Thank God for feverfew. It self seeds everywhere and is the perfect filler for bouquets.
  3. Fifty Flowers, the on-line company that I ordered roses, Lisianthus. Bouvardia and Trachelium from totally has it’s act together. I’ve used them twice and will order from them again in a heartbeat.
  4. There are more flowers than there are hours in the day. I haven’t had to cut as much from my garden as I thought I would, but it takes longer to put an arrangement together than I planned for. Fortunately, there is time to complete the remaining bouquets in the morning.
  5. I’m so blessed to be able to create these for my dear friend’s daughter. She’s a special young woman who deserves the most wonderful flowers. I’m also lucky to have a friend helping me with this…now if I could just find time for that massage therapist.

Tomorrow:  The larger arrangement, bride and bridesmaids’ bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres and more.

The Fort Knox of milk glass - 60 assorted small and 4 larger vases.

Yesterday I filled all the vases with oasis. Since the regular, green Oasis would have altered the look of the milk glass, I used Ivory Oasis. Then today Pamela and I started filling these containers with greens and flowers.

The arrangements are coming out beautifully. I added lavender Lisianthus from Fifty Flowers, but all the other ingredients come from my garden. The flowers include sweet William, Spirea (Magic Carpet, Double Play Artist) hosta leaves, Lysimachia punctata, roses, feverfew, Spirea Ogon and Salix foliage.

 

8 Responses to “Wedding Flowers – Part 1”

  1. 1
    Donna Maness:

    A labor of love…. Have fun at the wedding!!! Might see you at the rehearsal dinner…kamakaze kayak invasion planned…

  2. 2
    Deborah:

    Hi C.L.
    Where on earth did you find all those
    milk glass vases?
    WOW- What an undertaking to create
    such lovely arrangements!!

  3. 3
    CL Fornari:

    Deborah – There isn’t a milk glass vase left at a thrift shop from Falmouth to Orleans!

  4. 4
    CL Fornari:

    Love it, Donna! And BL and Kate will too.

  5. 5
    sandy nichols:

    DEAR CL – NOW I KNOW WHY YOU ARE TAKING TIME OUT OF YOUR SCHEDULE TO DO THIS SORT OF THING. IT IS A BUNCH OF HARD WORK. JUST HELPED ANOTHER FRIEND DO THE SAME. A BOUQUET TURNED IN TO A MASSIVE UNDERTAKING!!! SO I WILL PASS ON THE MILK GLASS I FOUND AND GOOD LUCK WITH THE MASSAGE – I RECOMMEND KARENA STROGH IN ORLEANS!!

  6. 6
    Ann McCormick:

    Nice arrangements, C. L. Just one mor talent to add to your resume.

  7. 7
    CL Fornari:

    The bride said she wanted “lots of colors” and so she will have them.

  8. 8
    Barbara Cohen:

    I love Sweet William in ANYTHING!!! Good Job C.L. And I know how much work goes into this endeavor!!!