(Closed) Growing my own flowers…

posted 7 years ago in Flowers
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’ve never seen anyone else do it, but I’m so pumped for you! What an awesome PERSONAL touch to your wedding! And of course, I’m partial to those two types of flowers, as they were prominent in my bouquet! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Post # 7
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Honey bee

Just remember, different temperature changes can cause fowers to come out at different times of the year each season.

My mom tried to do some flowers for the bathroom and even though they almost always are bloomed by a certain time of year, this year because it was so cold they didnt bloom in time.

Just be prepared with a back up plan just in case they bloom too early and are starting to wilt or arent bloomed at all!

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Honey bee

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Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Whew, I was worried that you were planting them for a wedding this year! I’ve actually heard of people attempting that, but a lot of flowers take about a year to start fully blooming. Definitely be flexible, since your relatively new plants might not produce as much as you want or at the time you want.

I’m planning on using flowers from my garden to decorate for my friend’s bridal shower since I have a bunch of different types, at least one will be blooming at that time! I’m not sure how you did it, but you might look into buying some with late, mid and early blooming times so you’ll have better luck at catching at least one of them. Good luck and don’t forget to fertilize them!

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

For our reception, we used hydrangeas from my mom’s garden. She has two very big plants of them. We had a small freeze right before the wedding, but managed to have enough to fill our centerpieces with them.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@couawilou: Thanks! Our Day of Coordinator was also our florist, so he was cool with using my mom’s flowers. I think I had roses and dahilas (since they were in season) in the centerpieces as well. Either way, it’s definitely possible to use your own flowers in your centerpieces and bouquet.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@couawilou:

I am doing this ๐Ÿ™‚

I planted bulbs in late2009 and greenhoused early 2010 and did test bouquets (without filler flowers) last summer the week of our wedding date for 2011.

One thing about calla lilies.. I planted one last year and it took fantastically! bloomed well (mid July) and lasted for a long time (about 3 weeks uncut).

However.. despite fall fertilizing & leafy-mulchy insulation, it has yet to come back this year. I was talking to my g-pa (a horticulturalist) and he said that some species of callas are only biennial. And that unless a rodent or some other pest was munching on my calla bulb, it wouldn’t come back until next year.*sad face*

 

That being said, your wedding date says October, and I am not sure that you will be able to re-bloom your flowers if they are natural mid-summer bloomers (even in a green house this can be tricky). For me, my dahlias didn’t bloom until the last week of August in 2010, and lasted through to my bday (at the end of September) but they certainly weren’t around in October. So while you may luck out with a long summer & warm temps lasting over to October, I would definitely, definitely start looking into fall flowers as an alternative or back up plan.

 

The only other thing I could suggest to get your blooms to come later in the season is to lift your bulbs (as if to transplant) and plant them later in the season (like late June-mid July instead of April-May) as this will “extend” their natural growing season and place the blooms later, in the fall, rather than midsummer.

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