(Closed) Please Help – What Kind of Plants Are These?

posted 5 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@GMelanie:  I think clusters of mint leaves.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@GMelanie:  looks like mint, I have it growing on my balcony now. The ones next to it look like lavender but I’m unsure since I’ve been too lazy to try and grow it.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

yeah, that is what i was thinking too (and what a lovely lovely idea!!)

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@GMelanie:  Not sure if you want to go the DIY route but mint is crazy easy to grow, and goes pretty fast. It’s been growing in my flowerbed border for years & I just now finally got rid of it (the ants congregated underneath it so it had to go). 

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

@GMelanie:  mint

 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@GMelanie: 

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?

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Yep, mint.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@GMelanie:

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.

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@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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