I´m new to flower gardening (apart from companions for my veggies like callendula and such!!) I have offered to grow some red and yellow flowers (Spain colours!) for a friends wedding. Any advice on what would make good wedding flowers?
Thanks in advance for helping a clueless novice flower gardener :-)))
Growing wedding flowers-help!!
Hmmm, that's fairly soon!!
I'm sorry, I'm not experienced with cut flowers. I hope someone else can come in here and help you out!!
Biscombe - what about starting some sweetpeas - you could definately get the reds in that, and the scent would be wonderful for a brides bouquet - . You would need to keep them very well watered to keep them going until june, as well as pick everyday so they don't set seed.
The yellow is a bit more difficult at that time.
You could probably find a rose plant that should be in blossom in Spain about that time - what about one of the david austin roses - Pat Austin is a very rich ambery orange (not exactly yellow) but there must be one. I would keep it container grown so not to disturb it, and give it a good prune now to encourage good growth as soon as it warms up.
Of course you could use orange blossom as the yellow (well creamy white) - it should be available then. The scent would be a good combination with sweetpeas.
Thanks for the replies! I've decided not to grow the flowers to use as cut flowers, Instead I'll do small decorated pots that the bride can give to her guests at the end of the wedding! So the flowers need to be low maybe with some trailing plants in there too! I'm not growing the bouquet thank goodness!! that would scare me!!!! ideas???
Could you get begonias, there are lots of red and yellow ones, and there are some very small neat double flowered ones. Perhaps with a little variegated ivy . They should be easy to keep looking good even if you made the holders up a couple of weeks in advance. I can't think of anything really small. Perhaps a really tiny one could have saxifrages or other little alpines, but they might have finished flowering by then.