June’s Seasonal Flowers
It’s finally here… Summer has officially begun and what a fabulous week of weather we have had to kick off June!
Not only is the weather amazing, my favourite flowers are now reaching the height of their availability and their best quality so all in all it’s been a fabulous week. Since seeing Peonies come through the wholesalers doors, I just can’t stop buying them! (When you wait 8/9 months for a flower to come round and be in season again it’s pretty exciting for a florist as sad as it may sound! Ha!)
If you are getting married and adore Peonies (like a lot of brides do) June/July is the perfect time to tie the knot. Although Peonies can sometimes be sourced out of season, the quality is NEVER as good as during the early Summer months and I really wouldn’t advise it to any of my clients as it’s just not the same and the price is always a lot higher. In addition to that, it’s amazing how many brides and grooms I meet up with who show me through their Pinterest boards and photos of flowers that they have seen and want me to re-create for them and point to a flower and something along the lines of ‘I absolutely love these Peonies in this’ and 9/10 times it will be a vintage/garden Rose that look SO similar to some Peony varieties so there are ways of going about getting that Peony look in your wedding flowers if you have chosen to get married out of the Summer months.
I am dedicating this blog post to give you a clear guide as to what is available at this time of year. It is hard as a bride/groom to be who are organising their wedding flowers if they have little knowledge of flower names/types let alone when they may/not be available and if they can have them for their wedding day.
Summer colours of 2016:
Peony – Available from late May until mid July in a range of colours. Mainly pink, red and cream. Large headed flowers that are scented and look beautiful with Roses.
Delphinium – Great flowers to create height in arrangements, available in white, purple and blue. Grown widely across the UK, perfect for country/wild style designs.
Roses – Massive availability of Roses, including spray Roses. Available in the majority of colours. Garden Roses are also available now (including David Austin Garden Roses)
Lisianthus – Great alternative to Roses and perfect to use in buttonholes and corsages. Available in a wide range of colours, mainly pink, purple, cream and green. Perfect to incorporate in to your wedding flowers if you are going for a slightly wild look.
Hydrangea – Extra large headed flowers available in June and July. These flowers grow in a variety of colours depending on the soil they were grown in! White flowers will remain white but blue flowers will turn pink in alkaline soils.
Freesia – Sweetly scented flowers with small delicate heads. Available in most colours, cream, yellow, purple, orange and pink.