Post # 1
I’m in the process of creating centerpieces for our wedding. Our tables are going to be long farmhouse style so I need something that will take up some length. My fiance thought about taking thin logs and then hollowing them out length-wise to use as planters. Our wedding is in June and we have a greenhouse so getting these flowers going as early as March wouldn’t be a problem. I think it would be fun and a bit cheaper to grow from seeds as opposed to buying pre-grown flowers from a nursery. That being said, what flowers would look nice and actually grow in a log?? I would need something that would grow fairly small and nothing that needs a ton of space. Our colors are gray and navy with the bouquets having very light pink, peach, magenta, and orange. Any thoughts??
Post # 2
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
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
I’d do white pansies. Those things will grow anywhere.
Post # 5
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 # 6
Thank you all for the input…I did intend to say I’d grow them in the greenhouse and then transplant them the week of. Soggy, rotting logs are not appealing. Nor are bugs that could come with it! Rethinking this a bit…:)
Post # 7
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
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.