Post # 1
So I am DIYing my flowers for my December 22 wedding. I have been practicing centerpieces and bouquets with roses and carnations but Mr. Hust and I want some blue in the arrangements. I am thinking Irises from Sam’s Club because we already have a membership and I love the look of them. The only problem is I’ve never worked with them before. I have done hundreds of arrangements for family parties and my own home but these delicate flowers are kinda giving me a heart attack.
I have to admit I am obsessive about the wedding details, I am a planner so I want my wedding to be as drama free as possible. I know that if we get these flowers and they aren’t usable or they break all over the place I will have a panic attack. My Maid/Matron of Honor, who is amazing, is rounding up all six of my other bridesmaids to help me with the flowers so I don’t want to be a snippy missy to the wonderful girls that are helping me with my day.
Has anyone worked with these flowers before? I’ve heard their stems are close to tulip stems in the way the bend. Is that true?
Thanks in advance for the insight ladies!
VGamsky soon to be VHust!
Post # 3
@VGamsky: I’m not a professional florst but I grow irises and complete in our Iris Society’s design competitions.
Since you are talking about December, you must be using Dutch iris. They come in bright blue hues (and white and yellow.)
I would characterize their stems as non-bendy. They are more rigid than tulip stems. I’m not sure that you can bend their stems at all without breaking them.
Iris flower petals are rather fragile, so don’t bang them around.
Post # 4
@FauxPas2012: Thanks for the information. I don’t really need to bend them thankfully we are using them in the middle of the arrangements so that might work perfectly! I was worried they would end up drooping like tulips do so I am really thankful that won’t be a problem. I will be sure to pass that note along to my lovely bridesmaids I am going to make a little booklet for them so that if they have questions about each kind of flower while we are working they won’t have to come get me. We are having all of my aunts there as well so it’s going to be a full house!
When I was in grade school I competed in rose growing contests they were so much fun! Thanks for the great insight.