Green Thumb Bees!

posted 2 years ago in Flowers
Post # 2
699 posts
Busy bee

Honestly I probably wouldn’t actually grow them in a log; these plants will need water and you are going to end up with soggy logs and potentially rot. As for what flowers would be in season; it really depends where you live.

Grow the flowers in containers with lots of drainage or actually in the ground. Dahlias are some of my favourite; there are a ton of colour varieties and you can get bags of bulbs for cheap. Their blooming season is a bit later then your wedding; but i’ve never tried growing them in a greenhouse.

Peonies are typically blooming late spring/early summer in BC

Post # 3
47187 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

 I would not recommend trying to grow the flowers in the logs. Grow them either in flats or in pots. When it is time, place them in the log and cover up and visible soil with moss.

You have to be vigilant caring for them, because no one wants critters wandering on to the table from the centerpiece.

 Go talk with a garden center to find out what would normally be blooing in June and how many weeks you can gain by starting them in the greenhouse. I woud choose plants that are covered with small flowers like impatiens, begonias.

Post # 4
661 posts
Busy bee

I’d do white pansies. Those things will grow anywhere. 

Post # 5
4253 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Nope, don’t grow them in logs.  They will not be fresh at all, and the flowers will not grow properly because they will rot due to not having any drainage.  Pots, pallettes, or any other planters.

I will also warn you, if you have never grown plants like this in this capacity, you may be getting in over your head. The flowers may not be as full as it would if you purchased them from the florist.  Just be sure you have a backup plan.  Not saying you won’t be able to, but it’s harder to grow from seeds than it may seem to have all the flowers perfect just in time for your wedding.

Post # 7
9588 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

honestly I like the hollowed log but I’d just use it as a vase.. get some floral foam to fill the hole, buy roses and greenery wholesale online, and make arrangements that way.  

if your greenhouse stays above freezing you can probably grow succulents from cuttings if you start now.. get them up to 2 to 4 inches in diameter by June. they’re trending as a wedding “flower” and they’re quite expensive to buy but easy to grow if you have sunlight.

snapdragons also will take advantage of a head start if you grow them as seedlings in a greenhouse. I bet that’d be pretty.. snapdragons for color and height, cream roses for body, succulents for interest/green, and a bit of extra greenery for texture… 

Post # 8
729 posts
Busy bee

I would even skip transplant them to log the week before. The flowers on your pictures is much denser compared to how many flowers from a living flower plant would be (sorry bad English). The roses, berries, and filler plants from that bush and tree, not from small plants like pansies.
Also, there is a chance that even if you transplant the plants 1 week before, it can get waterlogged/invite bugs in meantime, flowers not blooming as much as you thought it would be (sparse looking), etc.
I’d follow the amanda1988 suggestion, just use the log as vase, put foam in it, wet it, and put the flowers 1-2 days before.

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