Friday, 18 August 2017

Gentian - Garden Plant of the Month - August

Garden Plant of the Month for August: Gentian

Vivid blue
There are a lot of remarkable characters amongst the perennials, but the Garden Plant of the Month for August is very special. With its intense blue colouring and beautiful bell-shaped flowers, Gentian (Gentiana) reminds us of its natural home in Alpine meadows. The Gentian range has developed considerably, and there are now white, pink, blue and bicoloured varieties. A beautiful perennial to use in pots or in rockeries or borders. It will certainly catch the eye as is pretty as a picture! 
Gentian
Tuinplant van de Maand augustus: Gentiaan_01The current Gentian range offers compact growth and rich continued flowering. These plants look their best between July and October. The colour blue in particular has been extensively developed in the Gentian range. There are sky blue, pale and dark blue and indigo varieties. The Gentian originates from the temperate mountain regions in the northern hemisphere and the Andes. The name Gentian derives from Gentius, King of Illyria (former Yugoslavia) who is said to have discovered the healing properties attributed to Gentian, such as strengthening the digestive and immune systems and the ability to reduce bile.


Caring for Gentians
Gentian likes the spot with full sun to partial shade. The plant does have special requirements with regard to the soil. Moisture-retaining, somewhat poor soil is important, since that’s what the plant has in the mountains where it grows. Many species also require somewhat chalky and well-draining soil. It’s easy to make a mixture of sand, clay, potting soil and gravel to use for Gentians in pots. In autumn and winter make sure that the soil is not saturated with water when the frost comes. You should therefore cover Gentians, but make sure that the soil is well-ventilated.
Tips for keeping Gentians
The best thing is to do nothing! Gentians are very hardy, and will die back above ground and hibernate below ground. It’s important to leave the plant alone to keep it healthy and lavishly flowering. So don’t divide or replant it, but leave it where it is. Give the plant some fertilizer in the spring to promote flowering and you’ll be able enjoy these remarkable plants for years.

These are excellent flowers if you are looking for a blue bloom for your wedding. They work well in all designs from bouquets and buttonholes to church and venue displays. Or use as the planted form as table decorations.
Thank you to Thejoyofplants.co.uk. and https://www.flowercouncil.co.uk for the above information.

We can source all of these plants through the season just ask us for your requirements. We can also source a wide range of pots to compliment each plant or for a striking look bright and colourful pots of all shapes and sizes. Whether for a long term display or for a one off event we can source, supply and set up so you don't have to. A care service can also be supplied if needed.

Sandra x


Thursday, 17 August 2017

Pink Wedding bouquets

Our look at colour in wedding bouquets continues with Pink.

Pink is once again a very popular choice but there are so many tones and shades baby pink, rose, fuchsia, watermelon, strawberry, raspberry, cerise, hot pink and more.
A lot of pinks will tone together and in many ways a few shades of pink will make the overall look of your wedding blend together. Do bear in mind if you stick to one shade it will be difficult to match exactly with everything; even different fabric in the same colour may give a different shade when all set up. So a few tones/shades will make your life easier.

Through these photos there is a range of flowers, by no means exhaustive, but it will hopefully give you and idea on varieties and colours out there.
We start with the popular gerbera, it comes in many shades and tones but this cerise variety is stunning. You could go all oner colour with these (and add in some bling!)


and then go mixed with ivory for your maids.


Two shades of pink with ivory will look lovely if your maids are in different shades


or for the lighter pink lovers here the light pink and ivory gerbera are teamed with pink roses.


Pale pink gerbera with single peonies for a smaller bridal bouquet


and the bridesmaids were gerbera, freesia, sweet Williams and stallion flowers.


Calla lily also have a few shades in pink, this is one of the best, Garnet Glow. Differing shades through the flower adds texture as well as colour.


For a winter wedding the cute Cyclamen has many pink varieties and is highly scented as a welcome addition.


For a glamorous wedding team a pink garden rose with pink throated cymbidium flowers.


Or use Phalaenopsis orchids with raspberry middles for a modern style bouquet.


Lilies come in many shades but some of the larger flowers may be too big for a standard size bouquet, but you could use a flower or two if using in other designs. This is a small shower bouquet of asiatic lily, roses and eustoma all in pale/mid pink.


Pale garden roses on their own create an elegant posy


Or for a softer look pink and ivory roses with pink feathers mixed in.


Pale pink roses, ivory roses and spray roses


For a hint of darker pink these Sweetheart roses are perfect.


When in season Tulips have gorgeous shades from very pale to purples


A popular choice of flowers, gerbera, roses and hydrangea taking you through from bright to pale all in one bouquet.


For a more raspberry/coral pink these roses and peonies are lovely, always looking good teamed with blue.



A seasonal summer mix of different shades, stocks, roses, spray roses, astrantia, larkspur and sweet peas.


Peonies, roses, spray roses, sweet peas in a tighter posy style


Add in white for a lighter look


Ivory roses, freesia with pink roses and bridal gladioli


Or go all white with a hint of pink




If going with lots of the same flower add in a pop of colour to draw the eye through the design, roses, freesia and spray carnations


Or if having lots of texture lots of the same shade will look gorgeous. White freesia, ivory stocks, pink roses, sweet peas and eustoma


For even more examples and to see whole weddings in pink, search labels - Colour:Pink.....
There will be lots of options and inspiration for you.

If you would like to discuss your pink colour wedding (or any other colour for that matter) please book a consultation soon to start your wedding flower journey.

Sandra x


Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Cleatham Hall Wedding Flowers

Today's blog continues the series of beautiful Lincolnshire venues that we love dressing with our flowers. Today's featured venue is Cleatham Hall. Set in North Lincolnshire amongst the lovely countryside just north of Kirton Lindsey, this venue is tucked away but has the most gorgeous views.

It is a Grade II listed building and is a wonderful boutique style wedding venue.

As you pull up the drive this wonderful frontage greets you. Here we decorated the stone urns with box balls and roses, ranunculus and mixed foliage. Add in a few jars of flowers for the steps and this could be the entrance which greets your guests on arrival.





Once inside there is a grand hallway with various furniture just crying out for beautiful flowers to adorn it.


Nothing needs to be huge, simple vases of mixed scented blooms really do work here.


Or to add to the country feel, small wooden crates can be filled with blooms for the decorations.


Your welcome table can sit at the bottom of the stairs, before guests going into the ceremony room. Place your seating plan here, present table or card box to guide your guests to the ceremony.



If you are getting ready here, the rooms are stunning by the way, you may want to add to the gorgeous stairwell by adding in garlands of flowers. 

You can be as elaborate or as simple as your style,
This is ruscus foliage with a few coral coloured carnations, a very simple idea,


or for more colour, add in groups of flowers at intervals up the bannister


or go all out and have a gorgeous full foliage garland with lots of lovely blooms added in



Or just decorate the front spindles to add colour at the end of the hall, the choice is yours.


Also on this staircase are these lovely alcoves. Just think about walking down the stairs on the way to your vows and seeing gorgeous scented blooms on your way. A great chance for the photographer to work their magic, I love a great staircase shot.


Again be as bold or as simple as the rest of the designs. Add in colour or keep neutral.






One area I particularly love about this venue is the fireplaces. This one in the ceremony room is fabulous. The whole setting, the fireplace, the large gilt mirror, it just screams for flowers to be fully dressed.


Whether you go for colour or neutral blooms the effect is stunning.


Full length or half, the choice is yours.




A wedding ceremony set up with registrar table and fireplace design.


Instead of our usual long and low, how about a foliage garland with country blooms?



On to the guest tables.
With the high ceiling own the orangery both tall and low designs can work here. 
These are tall candlesticks with a flower ball of hydrangea and roses. Pumpkin vases of blooms add to the display down low.





Glass cubes of seasonal roses and peonies filled the orangery with scent and look oh so pretty on all the tables.


This whole setting is very classic, gorgeous chivari chairs, simple table settings with nothing that isn't needed. Keeping a very clean and simple style.




Tall flower balls on clear vases add a punch of colour to the room.


Another very classy clean style just with a touch more colour.



Or for real WOW factor, these delphinium filled designs with ammi and ivy are a real show stopper. Add in jars of pinker blooms at the base for a stunning look but still very country style.



A top table with more going on. A foliage garland on front, a small long and low design centre and lovely pumpkin vases with a few blooms to add to the setting. Add in coloured candlesticks and you have a very romantic setting for the wedding breakfast. This is perfect for a pale blue or coral themed day.



Lastly the perfect garden to hold your outside games or to have food wagons ect for the evening entertainment.




A perfect setting for your boutique style wedding.
I am one of the Wedding Partners at this gorgeous venue and will happily meet you their if you prefer to talk through your plans.
Are you getting married here at Cleatham Hall? Or another boutique style venue? We can achieve these designs and more. Just tell us your perfect colours or blooms and let us design your flowery dreams.

Book a consultation today to get the process underway.

I look forward to hearing from you very soon

Sandra X