Blooming busy

Posted on January 29, 2014 by claire ongley | 1 comment

With our wedding only a month away, I'm finding myself quite immersed in wedding organisation. It serves me right for wanting to take the DIY approach to wedding planning. I hope I'm not the only one who started out saying my wedding would be very relaxed and I'd just do most of it myself, and the next minute finding myself devoting weeks to sourcing a particular shade of asiatic lily.

Yes, my latest project is wedding flowers. A few months ago I knew absolutely nothing about flowers, and couldn't tell you the difference between a dahlia and a chrysanthemum. Well, I can tell you that's all changed. Several hundred hours browsing at flowers online later, and I'm an expert on the subject...that's not entirely true, but I have acquired a moderate knowledge.

My plans to have peonies, dahlias and gloriosa lilies were dashed before I even got started, when I discovered they wouldn't be in season for my wedding day. As an alternative to peonies, I fell in love with David Austin roses, but they are tricky to get hold of in New Zealand. (I thought I might start up a side business.)

As usual, Pinterest has been my source of information and inspiration. I'm not sure how people planned weddings before Pinterest to be honest.

I thought I'd share some of my favourites blooms and bouquets from the perennial pages of Pinterest.


Alas, the glorious Gloriosa lily is not in season for my wedding day.

via Pinterest


Dahlias, peonies and roses....

via Pinterest


David Austin rose?

via Pinterest


Peonies, succulents, ranunculus, hypericum berries and garden roses...what amazing colours!

via Pinterest



Mini cream roses, apricot cottage roses, billy buttons, bright pink 'brains' 

via Pinterest


Dahlia, gloriosa lily, garden roses, amsterdam rose, ranunculus, hypericum berries, ilse peach spray rose, succulents

via Design By Aubrey Blogspot




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Diana Sinkinson
Diana Sinkinson

April 06, 2014

Your business looks great. Do you sell plants? I am trying to source Hypericium androsaemum
(either Bamboo or Rio )
I would be pleased if you would let me know if they are available.

Thanking you.

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