- 5 years ago
- Wedding: August 2013
yeah, that is what i was thinking too (and what a lovely lovely idea!!)
Thank you, ladies! These are available (I assume) year round for our August wedding. I am wondering if they are affordable. We are on a tight budget. We will probably have 36 6’foot tables, so we will need quite a few. I assume that together, the mint and lavender will smell great!? J
If you start from seed, dont expect to have lavender flowers for a year (I believe they are perennial.) Mint is very easy to grow but I’ve always had trouble with it from seed (and I grow everything from seed so that shows the experience I have.) I would just pick up plants from the nursery if you do want to grow it. Mint is also very invasive if you put it out in your yard so some people will actually plant a 5 gallon bucket in the ground and then grow the mint inside of that so the roots don’t take over.
Exactly how many cups/jars/vases of them would you need and what is your budget for this?
Do you have a yard? Or family with a yard that knows how to garden? It is worth a try depending on what kind of space and hours of sunlight you have. I’m a gardener and the thought of DIYing my cernterpieces was daunting. There are so many things that can go wrong. For example– bugs, wind, hail, lack of sun, mold, and plain bad luck. You cant always guarantee that it will work, so if you do go the DIY route, make sure you have a back up plan! And if you go with a florist, I’m going to suspect that the mint/lavender wont be waaay cheaper than normal flowers. That being said, I think your idea is timeless, classic and beautiful. I would absolutely love to go to a wedding with tables that looked like that.
@sheepandbear: My fiance has a huge yard. We definitely have the space. His mom is retired and loves to garden and we can ask her to tend to them. I am clueless as you can tell … I assume if we purchase these, it would cost us versus trying to grow them. 🙂 I am definitely open to trying the DYI route. If it doesn’t work out, we will go another route. I thought the mints and lavendar would be less expensive – guess not. 🙁 Thanks for all your help! 🙂
If you are growing mint in your yard, please do it in a container or a contained space. Otherwise, they spread like weeds and your yard will be overrun with mint leaves. Our mint plant (from a small plant, not seed) sucked for about 4 months and then finally it took and grew well after that. Mother-In-Law has one from a pot too and hers flourished from day one.
We have English and Spanish lavender and I prefer the look of English in my yard but I suggest Googling the two and seeing which one suits your needs/looks better. English is more wild looking and Spanish is more neat and orderly. These are super easy to grow and in the span of two years, they’ve grown at least 5 times their original size. They get quite tall and spread-out, so I suggest planting them in a space where you have room. They also get a ton of bees so hopefully you aren’t allergic to them.
@GMelanie: oh wow, so 36 tables of 4 vases each= 144 vases; that’s alot of mint there girl! I have no idea how many plants that would end up being, the local nursery might be able to better help with that. I second that it needs to be in buckets/pots or something similar- mint has a taproot that spreads out and regenerate unless the entire taproot is removed. I’d just get maybe a dozen more plants than the nursery thinks you’d need, extra mint isn’t a bad thing- you can use it for tea, your food/desserts, potpouri around the house, etc.
With your timeframe & the huge amount you’d need unless your in a budget pinch I wouldn’t start from seed, that’s a huge hassle and takes up to another month. I’d just get starts from a garden center.
I’d def. have a backup plan too- mint cuttings can’t be all that pricey, but it might be more difficult to find as it’s not a flowery type of plant…
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