‘Just Picked’ Wedding Flowers at Tankardstown House

Emma & Iain are celebrating their first anniversary and it’s the perfect time to share some of their beautiful memories captured by Francis Meaney Photography.

They were married in the gorgeous surrounds of Tankardstown House (a definite favourite venue). The bridal bouquets were the prettiest pastel pink colour theme with my signature ‘just picked posy’ styling for the bridal bouquets. Gorgeous sweet avalanche and sweet dolomiti roses with scented stocks, lisianthus, astilbe, nigella and baby’s breath.

Happy anniversary Mr & Mrs Miskelly and thanks for choosing Ditsy Floral Design.

#realwedding #irishwedding #countryhousewedding #weddingflowers #weddingflorist #banbridgeflorist #loughbricklandflorist #ditsyfloral #ditsyflowers

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Floral Trends | Wedding Flowers | 2015

If you’re planning your 2015 wedding then you need to know my top floral trends!

We seen the vintage, rustic and handmade trends recently and I want to move onto new styles and designs.  It seems that America often initiates many new floral movements and we quickly see them spread over to the UK.  Across the pond, bespoke design­ers in Canada and the United States are embrac­ing the local flow­ers and green­ery trend. More and more designs are fea­tur­ing lots of green­ery and gar­den flowers such as roses, peonies, hydrangea and dahlias. Flo­ral designs take on a less tra­di­tional shape with a decid­edly asym­met­ri­cal feel.

In the UK this trend has been labelled the ‘just-picked-from-the-garden’ look, it was just starting to be popular with brides in 2014 and it looks like this gorgeous trend is definitely staying for 2015 weddings.  Judith Blacklock of The Judith Blacklock Flower School is quoted saying:

“This summer, brides will choose softly-coloured blooms that reflect the gentle tones of the English garden.”  

So, instead of having a massed rose bouquet or other bouquet of one single flower, choose mixed flowers that look like they could come from the garden. If you’re having an autumn wedding, then why not choose flowers inspired by the woodland. Think ferns, foxgloves, trailing ivy and blowsy roses.  The look you’re going for is unstructured and wild. You could even use acorns, oak leaves and moss in your centrepieces to really reflect the season.

Early Summer Wildflower Bouquet
Early Summer Wildflower Bouquet

Annu­ally the Pan­tone Color Insti­tute declares a par­tic­u­lar hue to be the ‘Colour of the Year’.  For 2015 it’s ‘Marsala’.  Sen­sual and bold, deli­cious Marsala is a dar­ingly invit­ing tone that nur­tures; exud­ing con­fi­dence and sta­bil­ity while feed­ing the body, mind and soul. Much like the for­ti­fied wine that gives Marsala its name, this robust shade incor­po­rates the warmth and rich­ness of a taste­fully ful­fill­ing meal, while its ground­ing red-brown roots point to a sophis­ti­cated, nat­ural earth­i­ness.

Look for dusty reds and light bur­gundy flow­ers to find col­ors that will match a 2015 Marsala flower design palette. Pic­tured below are clock­wise from top left: Bur­gundy Baby Arti­choke, Brown Lisianthus, Blaz­ing Fury Cym­bid­ium Orchid, Black Prince Echev­e­ria, Choco­late Cos­mos, Dark Pink Astran­tia, Sumathi Maroon Vanda Orchid and Leu­ca­den­dron Tereti­fo­lia.

2015 Pantone Marsala Flowers
2015 Pantone Marsala Flowers

Marsala fits the new ‘Bohemian’ trend for weddings – rich jewel like tones of red, cerise, purple and emerald used in free flowing, natural style bouquets.  Buttonholes which feature seed heads and textured foliages rather than a focal flower make a ‘manly’ floral statement for the groom.

Scabious Seedhead buttonhole
Scabious Seedhead buttonhole

And once reserved for Pinterest, more and more brides are now embracing the ‘Flower Crown‘. However, I’ve yet to encounter a bride brave enough to order one for herself but the trend is definitely being manifested in flower girls and junior bridesmaids.  Maybe this year as I can’t wait to create my first bridal crown!

Floral Crown by Chic Vintage Brides
Floral Crown by Chic Vintage Brides

Finally, ‘Jam Jars‘ are here to stay – especially if you are having a barn wedding or rustic theme. Nothing compares for cost effective cuteness.  They can be decorated to suit your theme and are perfect posy size.  Use as cost effective table centres or gifts for the Mothers.  Think about hanging them from pews in the Church or from a distinctive tree if you are having an outside ceremony.

Wildflower Posy Jar by Ditsy Floral Design
Wildflower Posy Jar by Ditsy Floral Design

The last splash of Autumn colour

It’s nearly the end of the growing season for #britishflowers 2014.  We’ve enjoyed a great early summer, a mild and humid mid summer and the most amazing extended Indian summer through Sep and Oct.  I still had some sweet peas flowering on the plot at Hallowe’en!! A little bit uncharacteristic, but this is the thing with #flowerfarming, each year and season is different and it’s almost impossible to predict exactly when things will be in flower.  It’s much better to guarantee brides and other customers specific colours rather than specific flower types.

Now, it’s time to clear the beds, sow the last of the autumn seeds and get ready for the madness of Christmas!!  The work never ends #busyflorist #artisanflorist #flowerfarmer – love it!

Here’s some bright #seasonalflower photos to celebrate the last splash of Autumn colour from the #DitsyFloral #CuttingGarden.

Thanks for reading x

Vintage bike with a basket of seasonal blooms www.ditsyfloraldesign.co.uk
Vintage bike with a basket of seasonal blooms http://www.ditsyfloraldesign.co.uk
Bright and cheerful handtied bouquet www.ditsyfloraldesign.co.uk
Bright and cheerful handtied bouquet http://www.ditsyfloraldesign.co.uk
Seasonal Autumn basket www.ditsyfloraldesign.co.uk
Seasonal Autumn basket http://www.ditsyfloraldesign.co.uk
Halloween Pumpkin Flowers #locallygrown www.ditsyfloraldesign.co.uk
Halloween Pumpkin Flowers #locallygrown http://www.ditsyfloraldesign.co.uk

Bringing in the Flower Harvest #artisanflorist #flowergrower

This past weekend I have been concentrating on harvesting the hydrangea heads in my garden before the wet and windy weather ruins them all. I am delighted with the armfuls of blooms that I cut from one single shrub! These will now hang in the garage for drying. The trick to drying hydrangea is not how you actually dry them but the timing of when you cut them, so try to leave them as long as possible on the plant before cutting.

Home Grown Hydrangea
Home Grown Hydrangea

I plan to use the dried hydrangea through out the leaner winter months for floral arrangements and Christmas Wreaths, such as this gorgeous #natural #christmaswreath.

Luxury Christmas Wreath with Hydrangea
Luxury Christmas Wreath with Hydrangea

I’ve also been foraging around the garden for other ‘filler’ materials for drying – the furry seed heads of clematis, nigella and scabious seed heads, as well as apples that will be sliced into rings and dried slowly in a low oven for approx. 90 mins. I’m looking forward to experimenting with lots of dried ‘natural’ materials to my wreaths this Christmas.

I also collected the last of the sweet pea pods from my very brave sweet peas still showing a bloom or two in mid October, in Ireland…crazy!! #flowerfarmeryear

Thanks for reading

@ElaineGrows

 

Bridal Bouquets

#bridalbouquets #bouquets #weddingflowers #seasonalweddingflowers #weddingflowersni #vintagewedding #justpickedweddingflowers #weddingfloristbanbridge #homegrownflorist #britishflowers #irishflowers #niweddinghour

Just thought I would blog some of my recent bouquet work…

Rustic #vintage #bouquet with Café au Lait Dahlia #ditsyfloraldesign
Rustic #vintage #bouquet with Café au Lait Dahlia #ditsyfloraldesign
Rich berry tone #bouquet from the garden #britishflowers #ditsyfloraldesign
Rich berry tone #bouquet from the garden #britishflowers #ditsyfloraldesign
#vintage peach and berry red #bouquet #ditsyfloraldesign
#vintage peach and berry red #bouquet #ditsyfloraldesign
Pretty in Pink posy style #bouquet #ditsyfloraldesign
Pretty in Pink posy style #bouquet #ditsyfloraldesign
Peachy pink #bouquet #gardengrown #justpickedweddingflowers
Peachy pink #bouquet #gardengrown #justpickedweddingflowers
romantic roses #bouquet #ditsyfloraldesign
Romantic roses #bouquet #ditsyfloraldesign

 

Hot pink zinnia and cosmos #bouquet #justpickedweddingflowers #ditsyfloraldesign
Hot pink zinnia and cosmos #bouquet #justpickedweddingflowers #ditsyfloraldesign

My Contribution to the Revolution #BritishFlowers #Homegrown #Seasonalflowers #DitsyFloralDesign

Earlier this year my second post on this blog was all about ‘The Home Grown Floral Revolution’, check it out here:
https://ditsyfloral.wordpress.com/2014/01/09/the-home-grown-floral-revolution/

I thought it was time to update you on some of my progress and my commitment to seasonal #justpicked flowers.

Spring sown sweet pea coming on well in the tunnel 3rd March 2014
Spring sown sweet pea coming on well in the tunnel 3rd March 2014
Autumn sown Ammi Majus plants in abundance 3rd March 2014
Autumn sown Ammi Majus plants in abundance 3rd March 2014
First sweet peas blooming 29th May 2014
First sweet peas blooming 29th May 2014
Sweet love, first bunch of heavenly scented sweet peas from the Ditsy Floral Cutting Patch #sweetpea #posyjar #homegrown
Sweet love, first bunch of heavenly scented sweet peas from the Ditsy Floral Cutting Patch #sweetpea #posyjar #homegrown
The first bunch of mixed blooms from the Ditsy Floral Cutting Patch, mainly grown from @higgledygarden seeds! #wildflowers #soproud #happyflorist
The first bunch of mixed blooms from the Ditsy Floral Cutting Patch, mainly grown from @higgledygarden seeds! #wildflowers #soproud #happyflorist
The dahlias and zinnias are just starting to bloom and will keep the cutting patch going right through to Autumn.
The dahlias and zinnias are just starting to bloom and will keep the cutting patch going right through to Autumn.
Posy Jar #justpicked from the garden
Posy Jar #justpicked from the garden

I have been using my floral abundance to create beautiful Posy Jars, perfect for a small gift, so next time you visit friends bring a Ditsy Floral Posy Jar rather than a bottle of wine or box of sweets. Something different! Love flowers, love Ditsy Floral Design.

x

 

I’m back…

Hello and apologies for my absolute disgraceful lack of blog posts in recent weeks and months! I think this might be one of my worst kept resolutions ever!! And the guilt I’ve experienced every time wordpress reminded me to blog!!

But not to worry, I have actually been doing loads to build my business recently – with weddings and bridal consultations to my gardening discoveries and learnings.  I have lots of content to update you on in coming posts.  In the meantime, a quick update of me and some photos from a recent shoot in my garden…

Elaine Groves, a freelance florist and home grown flower grower in Banbridge, Co Down, Northern Ireland.  From my small cut flower patch and polytunnel outside Banbridge, I grow my own flowers, herbs and foliages for a truly traditional ‘country chic’ or ‘wild romantic’ style.  All my creations are hand made with love and dedication at my peaceful floral studio in the heart of the countryside.

Photography credit to Oliver McKeown.