Thursday, December 22, 2011

Seasonal Wedding Flowers

Last post I wrote about the white Anemone and its popularity.  I also mentioned its natural growing season.  I thought I would take a moment to talk about why it is a good idea to use 'in season' flowers for your wedding.
I've said it before and I will say it again - Mother Nature knows her stuff!  Each season has its own set of colors.  We associate those seasons and colors for a reason.  Seasonal colors are based on what nature is providing during those months.  Think about it.    In February some brave bulbs begin to poke their heads up out of the earth and snow giving us our first taste of color for the year.  As the snow melts in March we begin to get our green back.  April and May brings a riot of bright and beautiful colors - blushing pinks, happy blues, lilac purples.  As Spring turns into Summer our roses begin to bloom along with other heat loving flowers, sunny yellows,  hot pinks, juicy oranges.  Summer turns into Fall and the colors become more muted and richer,  grape purples, cinnamon reds, chocolate browns  Winter here brings silvery blue, cool grey, icy lavender and sparkling white. 
By looking at the colors, plants and flowers mother nature has to offer you can create a beautiful and affordable event.  Straying from what is naturally in season, however, can cause a headache and cost a lot of money.
These days it is possible to find most any flower at most any time of year.  The question is, should you use it?  Back to the white anemone.  It really is a beautiful flower.  But its natural growing season is January through May.  This means if you want to use this flower any other time of year it must be imported.  The problems with importing flower some flowers are as follows.  (I will use shipping to the United States as my example).  Pricing, agricultural concerns, and quality. 
First the price.  You are paying to have a flower,  in this case the white anemone whose price has risen due to demand, shipped from another country- which  adds to the price you will pay for this flower.  Second, flowers by nature are generally fragile.  Consider this - after the flower is cut must be packed, sent across countries, unpacked and inspected, repacked and shipped to the United States.  Upon arrival in the U.S.  the flowers will have to endure agricultural screenings to ensure it is not infested with pests, parasites or harmful bacteria.  It can then go to the wholesaler to be sold.  Quite the process huh?!  Don't get me wrong.  This is a process that is done every single day, and the vast majority of flowers do just fine.  But anemones and other fragile flowers do not fare as well.  Long story short, importing flowers can be costly and your flowers may not survive their journey well - if at all.
Anemones growing season January -May
photo from bouquetbridal.blogspot.com
So what is a bride to do?  That is obviously up to the individual.  If you really love one particular flower that must be imported I say go for it - as long as you are aware of the pricing and risk of availability. 
Growing season for the peony is mid Spring to early Summer.
photo from Marthastewart.com

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