Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Autumn Blooms

As of last week, autumn has fallen upon us! I know Houstonians don't experience as much of a season change as some other cities, but we do boast cooler nights and beautiful clear weather for fall weddings. A green tip for choosing flowers is to focus on seasonal buds for your big day. This way you avoid unfair trade on import flowers, that may not even last in our heat, and save some moo-lah. Flowers indigenous to the fall season are naturally rich in saturated hues of oranges, reds and yellows. Take a tip from nature to plan your fabulous fall affair!

My personal recommendations, and fall favorites, are alstromerias (available in so many beautiful colors), freesia (for their sweet scent) solidago (a wheat-like yellow bloom for it's earthy vibe) and ranunculus (for it's flaky, almost feathered looking petals, very romantic). Other popular autumn choices are sunflowers and gerbera daisies, and, the year-round greats like roses, lilies, and hydrangea. This is a great season to incorporate branches and berries into bouquets and floral arrangements. Try substituting twine and stems of wheat or bunches of fresh herbs in place of traditional ribbons and bows.


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