Post # 17
It’s not crazy (awesome garden, btw!), but I would definitely have a backup plan in place. We used white hydrangeas from my parent’s garden as all of our centerpieces, and they turned out great. It was a little nerve-wracking the week of the wedding trying to figure out if enough would be in bloom, if the blooms would be big enough/open enough/whatever to use on the day of the wedding.
We did order some small spray roses from 50 flowers to augment the hydrangeas, and the company was great to work with – super fast shipping, competitive prices and the flowers arrived in great shape. I would have a backup like that, just in case.
But I think you can definitely grow your own flowers!
Post # 18
Aww, I wanted to do this, but most of my flowers bloom in the spring and I wanted a fall wedding.
One word of caution–sometimes flowers take a few years to start heavily blooming. I would consider buying plants that have already started growing from your local greenhouse instead of seeds. Good luck and don’t be shy with the fertilizer :o).
Post # 19
Thanks for all the advise ladies! I don’t feel so “crazy” now 🙂
Post # 20
i love your garden 🙂
I am growing our flowers for our wedding. I established the beds & bulbs this summer though, so that they would be more proliferate this summer (which will give me more flowers to work with).
I am also planning on planting more (different varieties) flowers & bulbs early this spring as back up number 1 (bulbs planted after the thaw will often bud & bloom later in the season than those that stay in the ground over the winter).
Back up number 2 is my gpa’s garden & my FFILs garden (both over 20 years established with awesome annuals).
Back up number 3 is the scads and scads of wildflowers that surround our house & neighbourhood (seriously, fields upon fields of wild flowers).
back up number 4 is my hook up with a local florist & the farmers market.
Good luck! Just make sure you have an emergency budget & back up plan just in case!
Post # 21
I planted some dahlias, but we ended up going to the dahlia farm too! I’m in your area. 🙂
Post # 22
I don’t think it’s crazy at all. I’m planning on doing the same thing. The flowers you named aren’t particularly difficult to grow, so you should have no problem. Just make sure with the marigolds that you deadhead them so they’ll continue to bloom strongly throughout the growing season.