Friday, April 27, 2012

Is A Colorful Wedding for you?

There's something to be said for the classic all-white wedding. Chic, elegant, easy to coordinate.

But maybe that's not "you"! Maybe you're a hot-colors-all-the-way kind of bride. Great! 
You'll have lots of options. You can start with Tangerine, the announced Color of the Year, a beautiful orange that isn't a Halloween kind of orange. Mixes well with hot pink, even lime green. Or, keep you palette monocromatic by using different tints and tones of orange, by going into the peaches with it. 

Then there's purple. From the deepest Royal Robes purple to a soft lavender, this is a color that lends itself well to any style of wedding. Purple Hydrangea is elegant and showy. And before you poo-poo carnations, be sure to check out the deep purple carnation called "Moonvista", and its' sisters "Moonshade", "Moonlite" and "Moonaqua". Imagine domes of these on your tables-stunning! There's even a lovely lavender rose called "Cool Water" that's perfect for bringing in that pastel shade.

Of course, blue is always a classic and can be mixed with so much. 
Deep blues like Iris, to lighter blues such as delphiniums all play well together, 
but don't forget that on the colorwheel, blue likes yellow and red, and even orange!

Speaking of yellow, of course it melts into orange, but can also go yellow-green, especially in greenery like variegated Flax. Large and dramatic, it can fill space easily.  Don't forget that you can add color with things other than flowers, too! The lemons in this unique centerpiece will scent the whole table!

Need help with your wedding color scheme? 

At Bloomers Floral Design, we're here to help!
Call us for your free consultation.

Bloomers Floral Design
122 South Front St.
Wilmington, NC 28401

Friday, April 20, 2012

Rustic Florals

Flowers by their very nature are rustic things...
in their natural home, they don't line up neatly,
leaves may be a bit chewed,
weeds intermingling with the blooms here and there.
This look can work for your floral decor, too!
Be it a centerpiece for a casual luncheon,
or a full-blown rustic-themed wedding,
incorporate some of these elements into your decor
for a back-to-nature look and feel.

A beautiful box filled with tulips and moss in a "pave" style is chic and elegant.

Nothing says rustic like burlap.
As a wrap for a country bride's bouquet,
this is about as from from fussy ribbon as you can get.

Used as a tablecloth, a runner, or simply as accents,
this humble fabric sets the tone.

Don't forget the branches!
From the majestic Manzanita to the curly willow with a mind of it's own,
branches bring the outside in.
The bleached Manzanita works beautifully in this lichen wreath.

Bark is Beautiful!
I'm not advocating that you go out and strip trees of their bark for this look...
be sure you're buying from a source that sells only naturally shed bark.

Rocks Rock!
Incorporate some beautiful stones into your tablescape for instant interest!

Moss is fantastic for adding texture.
You'll find crafters on Etsy who make moss placemats and runners.
Try marching a row of potted moss down the center of a long table.

Dianthus "Green Trick" can be a stand-in for pricey moss.
Would you guess it's a close relative of the Carnation?

Bloomers Floral Design
122 South Front St.

Wilmington, NC 28401


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

More tips on Flower Care

In last week's BloomersBlog post, we reviewed basic flower care,
helping you prolong the life of that beautiful bunch of blossoms or arrangement.
We continue this week with a look at some other flowers and facts...

What flower is more majestic than the Lily?
Whether Asiatic or Oriental, lilies are comprised of a single flower stem, with multiple flower heads. The bottom flower opens first, with the rest following in succession.
Clip off the blossoms as they fade; this will encourage the rest to open.
Careful of the yellow pollen! It stains hands and clothing. Best to remove these carefully with a tissue. If you do get a bit on your clothing, don't rub! Lift the pollen off with strips of tape.

The show-stopping Hydrangea continues to be a favorite,
(regardless of Madonna's recent rant!)
The word "Hydrangea" is Latin for Water you a hint that this is a heavy drinker.
If you've received a bunch of cut hydrangea, your first stop should be the bathtub!
Yes, you heard right...those big blooms will love a bath in cool water,
from a few hours to overnight.
Then, when you're ready to place them in a vase, give them a sharp cut,
and place in clean water with floral solution.

Are you getting the idea that floral solution is all-important?

Peonies, with their heavy heads, occasionally suffer from weak stems.
Simply cut them short, and float in a beautiful bowl.
They'll continue to deliver joy for several days.

Curly Willow-those curly branches in your arrangement can have another life after vase!
Simply recut the stems and place in a container of clean water, changing frequently.
You'll start seeing small white 'legs''s beginning to root!
Once you have a strong network of these, it's ready to pot into soil.
Keep it moist, especially the first year,
and you'll be rewarded with multiple stems for your efforts.

Have questions about flower care?
Give us a call at Bloomers-we're here to help!

Bloomers Floral Design
122 South Front St.

Wilmington, NC 28401