2009-10-02 / Columnists

The Diary Of A Green Thumb

Commentary by Danielle, Danielle's Rockaway Florist

Choosing flowers for a spring or summer wedding is a no brainer. There are little limitations in availability, and there is a bounty of sweet pastel or bright and sunny flowers that pair together for a seasonal bouquet or centerpiece. Loosely clustered flowers are gathered with a soft, fresh picked "garden" feel.

Planning flowers for an autumn wedding is a little more challenging for the average person because so many of the beautiful seasonal flowers available are not seen in everyday gardens. Lush, richly hued clusters of burgundy, rust and burnt orange compliment each other just as much as the plum and honey tones inspire a dramatic, seasonal look. Your options are as stylish and gorgeous as ever and the assortment of flowers available this time of year is so different.

You can choose from the velvety textured black magic roses, deeply colored black dahlias, plum calla lilies, and purple majesty millet. Nothing compliments this rich color better than the seasonal honey tone orchids, peach berries, or bold clusters of mini sunflowers with a green center.

Red rovers and sunset lilies offer a beautiful shade of rust that can be paired with brighter hues of red and orange for a traditional seasonal look, or accented with a bright pop of color. Flowers in a bold shade of purple really make a beautiful and unexpected twist on a fall arrangement.

Antique peegee hydrangea can be used with almost any combination of fall flowers for a soft, romantic look. They add so much beauty to even simple shades of white and ivory flowers, and really give your centerpieces a seasonal but elegant feel. Liberal use of candlelight adds warmth and glow to your room.

This season offers so many interesting accents that will help to compliment your choice of wedding flowers. Natural oak leaves have many shades of fall and give a dramatic effect when added to any arrangement. Use the autumn harvest for inspiration. Clusters of berries or pods add interest. Lining small potted mums down the center of a long table, clustered with gourds or pumpkins make a great centerpiece for an outdoor affair. I love to work fresh fruit into a table centerpiece at this time of year. Imagine a full cluster or peach, terracotta and créme blush roses with trails of ivy and small green apples. A bright centerpiece of burnt orange lilies, deep pink heather, rust rovers and fresh pomegranates. The possibilities are endless, and really add something different to your flowers.

Earthy containers or copper pots make an interesting alternative to the traditional glass vase. An antiqued ceramic or gold leaf vase can completely change the look and add so much interest to even a simple cluster of blooms. Hollowed out pumpkins, full with bunches of seasonal flowers and hints of wheat or cattails really make a great conversation piece for the more casual reception. For more ideas to help plan your wedding flowers, visit us online at www.DaniellesRockaway- Florist.com where there are so many creative floral arrangements for weddings in all seasons. When there, you can also order a copy of our complimentary wedding guide DVD. It is a great way of becoming more familiar with our wedding work with samples of bridal bouquets and table centerpieces. If you have an affair coming up soon, feel free to contact us and make an appointment for a consultation. They are free of charge, and always helpful in creating personal and creative centerpieces for your special event. Write to us at 436 Beach 129 Street with any gardening questions or tips for our readers. Enjoy the fresh air and beautiful colors of the season!

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