(Closed) stargazer lillies?

posted 9 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I’ve considered them, and my sister use them.  I think they hold up pretty well (can’t say about the cost, but I think they run toward the somewhat more expensive).  I think they look amazing, both color-wise, and because they add such a bold and cheerful shape to any arrangement.  There are two caveats: 1) the pollen droppings from the stamens can be a mess and they do stain.  Unless you have a florist willing to pick each one off, be prepared to have the pollen fall on your table.  And for this reason be pretty wary of using them in bouquets.  2) I absolutely love the scent, but some people might find it overpowering or be allergic.  The florists I talked to all mention this as a cause for concern…though they don’t strictly say you should never use them.

 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

We considered them and our florist did point out the pollen issue, but he almost treated as it as standard procedure that he and his staff will pick the stamen off. Of course, we were only talking about 3 bouquets and a couple of bouts, but this just lead me to believe a good florist will handle any pollen worries, but I may be mistaken.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I second the previous comments about the pollen, the scent, and the fact that florists will remove them.

I worked in a flowershop and it was standard operating procedure to remove the pollen from the open flowers (if for no other reason than the employees don’t want to get pollen all over themselves!)- however, if some of the lillies aren’t open, it’s obviously not possible to remove the pollen from them!

I think they are great for centerpieces.

In bouquets they look awesome, but do be aware- they are a little fragile.  If the petals get banged up they get brown creases on them that are pretty obvious.  So if they are in bouquets- be very gentle and try not to lay your bouquet down and bend the petals.

Also- while they may be more expensive that other flowers by the stem, a single stem will have multiple flowers on it (upto 4 or so depending).  So by the bloom, they aren’t so expensive.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

the pollen gets everywhere, but they are beautiful

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

It sounds like the labor of removing the pollen/stamen might make these a more expensive and potentially fraught-with-problems choice (getting smushed, getting leftover pollen on you) than other flowers for a bouquet. However, they are a fairly large flower, so it might take fewer to make an impact…so you might recoup some cost there. If it was me I would use them in a centerpiece versus a bouquet. You don’t want to be worried about your bouquet staining you or getting mashed up during the day. Your bouquet will see a lot of handling, whereas a centerpiece will be stationary to be admired by all.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

If you want the lilly look without the pollen- try alstroemeria (aka Peruvian lillies).  The blooms are smaller, but they are SUPER hardy, have multiple blooms clutered at the top of each stem and come in a variety of colors.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

We had to nix them from our bouquets because my sis is allergic to the scent….gives her migraines.  We had a few other guests that have a hard time with strong scents (sinus/allergy issues) so we just didn’t include anything with an overpowering smell.  But they might be just fine for bouquets as long as you and your maids are fine with the scent!

Post # 11
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I am using 5 in my bouquet along with hot pink roses and white carns and stephs, some to decorate my arbor and 3 on the top of my cake.  At my florist 3 stargazers is $24.  My florist removes the pollen as standard procedure.  I love the smell-they are my favorite flower and have a great color.  I was not aware of this before my florist meeting but there are actually 3 different types of stargazer lillies, each with slightly different pinks.  My florist ordered one of each so that I could finalize my exact stargazer.  I highly reccommend these flowers, they have a great scent, for those not allergic, great color, and a great shape!  As long as you don’t bang them up they should be perfect.  

I was talking abouth them over Easter at my Aunt’s house and some old lady that was there piped in and said "oh you don’t want to use those, they smell like funerals"!!! Ugh, people need to watch what they say…as long as there are no nosey old ladies in your face, I think most people like the stargazer.  Good Luck!

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