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Popular Wedding Flowers

All women love flowers, whether it is receiving them as gifts, or wearing them or decorating their homes with them.

But even more than that they love carrying them in a bouquet to complement their wedding gowns on one of the most important days of their lives.

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The bridal bouquet is one of the most important components of a modern bride’s attire whether the special occasion is a simple garden wedding taking place at the family home or is a lavish and opulent event. Flowers do add a nice touch of romance and visual beauty to a wedding, however, there are even more meaningful reasons for them being present.

A bride carrying a bouquet of flowers is an ancient tradition. In Ancient Rome, brides wore or carried flower garlands. They believed that flowers signified hope of fertility, fidelity, and new beginnings. During the Middle Ages, it was thought that strong-smelling spices and herbs could ward off and drive out poor health, bad luck, and evil spirits as well as help to mask the scent of body odor. Frequently comprised of herbs instead of flowers, dill was particularly popular, given it is the herb of lust, it was consumed by the groom and bride during their reception and was believed to increase sexual desire.  

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During the Victorian age, flowers became a regular component of the wedding bouquet and this tradition has continued up until the present day.

Queen Victoria popularized the modern bridal bouquet. When she married Prince Albert, she carried a tussie-mussie with her, which was a small clutch of flowers contained in a filigree holder full of orange blossom, mytrle and moss.

During the Victorian era, lovers frequently sent various flowers as an expression of their love. Every flower had its own meaning, and exchanging flowers became very popular and became associated with romantic love. Due to this romantic association, flowers became an important aspect of wedding ceremonies. Brides chose their flowers carefully for the various sentiments that they represented, and whichever blossoms she carried with her, became “her flowers” for life.  

However, during modern times, although they might have seemed very charming, the old traditions appear to have been largely forgotten. Brides now choose their flowers for their shape, fragrance, and colors. The wedding bouquet is the ultimate accessory for the bride and significantly adds to the day’s overall appearance. The blooms chosen by a bride are a way that she can express her own personality, taste, and personal style, as well as complement her gown.

Imagine yourself walking through a beautiful garden with each flower at the peak of its life.

Which of these flowers would you choose for your wedding: something trendy or classic? Neutral or colorful? Small or large?

If you don’t even know where to begin, we can help narrow your flower options down before you go the florist.

Start with the basics, the three most popular, timeless, and beautiful wedding flowers.

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Roses

Roses have long been thought of as a symbol of love and beauty and are part of many fairy tales and myths. Romantic poets and writers have used this flower as a metaphor for true love, passion, beauty, and emotion. When it comes to the world of weddings, the rose is an all-star. Roses are available in bi-color varieties and solid hues – there are even tipped and striped roses. Over 3,000 rose varieties are commercially grown, and many are quite affordable and available all year long. Although roses tend to be associated with beautiful aromas, not all roses carry a scent. There are three main kinds of roses that are very popular wedding flowers: garden roses (old-fashioned, expensive varieties with wonderful scents and open, bushy heads), spray roses (roses that have 5-10 small heads on each of the stems, and a garden-grown, natural look), hybrid tea roses (uniformly shaped, classic commercial roses that you tend to see at the local florist). 

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Tulips

Although tulips tend to be associated mainly with the Netherlands, it originates from Persia. The tulip represents “happy years” and “consuming love,” and makes a very meaningful choice of flower for a wedding. The flower is grown in a broad range of colors, including vibrant shades (purple, orange, red, magenta), pastels (peach, yellow, pink) as well as cream and white.  Available throughout most of the year, the more common tulips are quite affordable, although rare varieties may be expensive. Tulips are very versatile and can enhance both causal events and more elegant weddings. They also work very well in nearly any wedding detail – from table arrangements to boutonnieres and bouquets. There are three varieties that are used the most: parrot tulips (which have intense colors and striped, ruffled petals), French tulips (elegant and expensive with large tapered blooms and extra-long stems), and Dutch tulips (commonly seen in gardens and local florist shops).

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Calla Lilies

Also called the arum lily, the trumpet-shaped, elegant blossom comes from Africa and in the language of the flowers symbolizes “magnificent beauty.” The distinct form of the calla lily has been widely depicted in both art deco and art nouveau work, along with 20th-century photography. Two kinds are readily available: a miniature version that is perfect for boutonnieres and small arrangements and a large-headed variety that features a smooth, long stem that is well-suited for presentation-style bouquets and tall arrangements. The most popular color is cream ivory. However, calla lilies also are available in dark purple, mauve pink, orange, and yellow.

So which one will be your top pick on your big day?

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Liven Your Garden Walls With Living Pictures

Making Your Garden Walls Come Alive

With plants, you can create living pictures. For instance, garden landscapers and designers are into weaving together cutting of assorted succulents with everything from pallet boxes to picture frames. It is a fantastic tip worth trying this spring. It can be what you have been looking for that can add some color and texture to your outdoor space.

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various succulents

The succulents are the primary elements in the living pictures you create that give each piece a sculptural quality that exudes sundry aesthetics making it ideal for any outdoor setting. If you are thinking of a bohemian feel or something close to Southwestern or to keep it simple with a contemporary, the living pictures will not fail you. They are a great addition for any urban home that has limited outdoor space.

Moreover, what you will be bringing into your garden is a new element of verve that is nearly maintenance free. As such, living pictures can make even the novice of gardeners to look like master gardeners.

Below are some surefire tips on how to make living succulent pictures

Pick Your Box Frame Style

If you are thinking of something substantial, then consider using a wooden pallet its back framed out like a shadow box. You can use the wall panels or opt to buy them online via garden shops.

Keep in mind that going big means that you will be dealing with bulky creations and opting for this right away can be daunting, especially if you are new at gardening and landscaping. I recommend you start small with simple poster frames and boxes. Consider working with antique frames that will give your creations a vintage look. Frames that are chunky and streamlines give a modern feel.

Frame shown with mesh attached to the underside. You will then nail this frame over your box, like a lid.

You will need to cut a shadow box to fit the back of the poster frame and then spread a chicken wire or any light wire or PVC mesh over the front. You will have to screw or nail the shadow box to the frame and ensure that it has a depth of around 2-3 inches. Then set the wire mesh inside and secure it with samples to the frame. Lastly, nail plywood, cut to fit, to the base of the shadow box.

Take Cuttings

The beauty with succulents is that they can work with any kind to make the living pictures for your garden walls. However, the best results are seen from the type that stays small, such as the sempervivums and echeverias. I also suggests sedums and aeoniums if you are thinking of add some pop of color and texture; adding that they do need some bit of TLC to mitigate their growth when they start reaching out of the picture.

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When making the succulent cuttings, snip off the small buds and have the stem at a length of about a quarter inch. If you do not have any succulents in your garden, then get some from the local nursery or your neighbors.

Succulents grow fast and with ease thus are not hard to come by.

When making the succulents, get rid of the bottom leaves and then place each cutting on a tray and leave it to cool under a shad for a couple of days. It will allow “scab” to form at the ends of the cuttings in readiness for planting.

Add Soil

Before filling the frame with soil, set it on the table with the mesh-side up and use your hand to push the dirt through the mesh openings. Consider using cactus soil because it has big granules that make it ideal for potting as it has excellent drainage. The addition of a layer of sphagnum moss over or under the soil can help improve moisture retention that reduces the frequency of watering.

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gardening soil, pots, trowel.

Fill In With Plants

The last part is planting your succulents, which will be fun and you are allowed to get creative. You can spread out the cuttings in whatever design you prefer and then pick each and poke it into through the opening of the wire mesh into the soil. Pick a focal point from which to start; it can be at once corner, side, or from the center of the box. Play around with the colors and textures of the succulents to create motion such as spirals or waves.

You can even enhance the overall look by painting various color stripes on the pallet or box that complements the different hues of the plants or color theme.

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completed succulent picture frame art planter

Opting to work with one type of succulent may suffice; it works well with collages that have some upright and draping plants. This is one of the exciting options that exudes a dramatic look and elegant feel.

Care And Maintenance Tips

• Initially, set your work on a flat horizontal surface, such as a table or shelf, preferably ‘not’ facing the sun directly. The new plants should be shaded for about a week or two to allow the roots to develop; then you can begin to water your plants and move to a spot with a little more daylight.

• Too much watering will cause the soil to pour out when you hang up the picture right away. Therefore, give the succulents enough time to develop and be rooted before you place the living picture on the wall. It will also be enough time for the dirt to get compacted; this can take about 4 – 8 weeks depending on the climate.

• When it’s time to water them, take them off the wall and lay them on a flat surface. You should water the succulents weekly and allow the water to drain before you hang them up again on the garden walls.

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Top Gardening and Fall Cleanup Tips

When it comes to fall and getting ready for winter, there are plenty of things that you want to prioritize to properly prepare.

This is especially true when you are looking to prepare your garden.

Below, we will be going over some of the top tips that you shouldn’t skip.

Tips For Gardening and Fall Cleanup

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Leave Wildlife-Friendly Plants Up and Standing

One of the main things that you are going to want to do when you are in the process of cleaning up and preparing for the winter is to be sure that you are leaving up plants that look good for animals and insects that you will want to encourage. While you cannot always choose which insects enjoy the plants, you can save what looks good to you and the birds as long as possible. This will allow you to be able to maintain a healthier garden throughout the colder months.

Compost all Debris

Another tip that you are going to want to utilize and implement is to destroy and remove the debris. When you are cutting back and raking, you will want to focus primarily on the things that are ailing. For instance, if you are dealing with plants with specific issues, you want to destroy the debris by cutting them back. This will allow you to get rid of and keep diseases from becoming a mainstay in your garden. By cleaning up the plants completely, removing infected roots, you should be able to effectively increase the chances of getting rid of the problems before they become larger.

Gather Leaves

When it comes to taking care of your garden throughout the winter months, you will want to try to save as many leaves as possible. By doing this, you are going to be able to have a better time composting and the ability to keep your garden as healthy as possible over the winter. In order to shred, you might want to run over leaf piles with your lawn mower and then rake the shredded remains into one big pile.

Weed, Weed, Weed

When it comes to maintaining a healthy garden throughout the colder months, you are mainly going to want to focus on weeding. Besides cleaning up everything around the diseased plants, you are going to want to weed consistently. This is something that you must do consistently or else weeds can become a very big problem.

Overall, there is a lot that you are going to want to do when it comes to preparing for winter.

 

By following the tips above, you should be able to adequately prepare your plants and everything else.

Be sure to be consistent with your garden care throughout these months because what you do during these months can impact your in-season results. Therefore, you want to be consistent in pulling and getting rid of weeds throughout the fall and winter and you want to form a good compost to keep your plants and soil as healthy as possible.