Recently I was offered my first chance to grow wedding flowers and with some (realistic) trepidation have accepted. So now the planning begins. What a responsibility, but how exciting to have a definite focus to work towards. Just what I need as Spring is so stubbornly refusing to cooperate. The date is early August so this should give me lots of time for planning and successional sowing once I have decided exactly what it is I should grow.
The brief from my daughter’s lovely friend is very open, but definitely must include cornflowers – lucky then that I already have Autumn and early Spring planted plants. Will just need to keep this going.Couldn’t sleep on the first night after taking up the offer for thinking about larkspur and nigella. Almost got up in the dark to sow some. In daylight, it was clear that some calm planning was necessary. Even a mood board perhaps – never done one in my life, but now might be the moment. Want to give the bride an idea of the different possibilities before it is too late to sow them. So far, along with the cornflowers, nigella & larkspur (white and blue) I am thinking dill and ammi (I do have some Autumn sown in pots) and fail safe cosmos. Also hoping that I will be able to keep my sweetpeas going until then.
But what about the impact flower? Possibilities include dahlias, roses if they are still flowering at the plot and sunflowers.
Stuck indoors with the last of the snow lingering, I sent off a flurry of seed orders. The very opposite of the careful planning that was needed. Scabiosa in all its guises seems to be my current obsession and the sturdy, Autumn sown Black Cat and (perhaps more appropriate for a wedding) Blue Cushion plants give a head start.
So over four months of planning, propagating and plotting to go which is a very fine prospect indeed.