Another Saturday, Another Wedding...
Loading up with buckets of flowers this morning & on our way to flower up another local venue for a wedding. These were to be used in tall florist buckets as a ceremony backdrop behind the Couple.
Foxgloves were a special request from the Bride & these whoppas were obligingly growing by the compost area, enjoying the rich soil.
This weather is just so fabulous for celebrations isn't it?
See below for how they were used later that morning.
Wooden Boxes of Cottage Garden Flowers decorated the tables at Alison & Jeremy's marquee wedding a couple of weeks ago.
The flowers brought bold, celebratory colour & a touch of the 'outside in'.
All flowers & foliage grown naturally here at the Flower Farm near Castle Douglas, & transported just 10 miles to the venue.
Flowers were arranged in the boxes without floral foam. (It's a plastic, made from oil & breaks down into tiny microplastic particles, harmful to the marine environment. It's unnecessary so I prefer not to use it.)
The boxes are very versatile & can be moved easily around a wedding venue if necessary. So as sustainable floristry methods as possible, keeping a low carbon footprint. Every box was slightly different, as I was able to use many of our daintiest flowers - like making a miniature garden!
This Tree Peony (variety unknown) usually has a large number of these blousy flowers.
Sadly, it was hit by a late frost, & there are only two this year. But those two are quite a sight this week!
Sometimes the flowers suggested to make a garden 'wildlife friendly' reads like a list of shortlived thugs many may not want in the garden. Yet the bees adore these Peonies - big open centres that can easily be accessed. I've been watching them this afternoon.
Planting beautiful cottage garden flowers creates a beautiful space both pollinators & people can enjoy & benefit from.
So perhaps I could convince you to plant more Peonies?
Just because a flower is easy to grow, it can be taken for granted, can't it?
And these little Cambrian or Welsh Poppies are so obliging, much tougher than they look. Seeding all over the garden into any space they can (yes, you could call them a 'weed' if you must.)
Dependably flowering in May in zingy Lemons & Oranges, they brighten up dull spaces (like here by my workshop). Adored by the bees too.
And in tiny bud vases, a cheerful addition for several days to my kitchen (& yes, they often appear at weddings too). So much easier to grow than their diva cousins the Iceland Poppies & definitely a cheerful addition to a Spring garden.
Time for the Tulips to move over... the Alliums are coming on strong!
The wet winter must have suited them as stems are incredibly long, almost a metre on this variety. These are going to mix in so well with other lush May blooms over the next few weeks.
These are growing in my Peony beds - it'll be some years before the Peonies need all the space so gaps are used for bulbs. There might be an acre of flowers here but I still run out of space...
Rosie Gray of Galloway Flowers. Cut Flower Grower & Florist near Castle Douglas, in South West Scotland. Using 100% Flowers & Foliage grown in British Isles, all year round.