Wedding Inspiration: Summer flowers

We’re all about bringing you wedding inspiration, especially when it comes to flowers. When you think of summer, what comes to mind? For me, it’s the abundance of colours and textures that take over landscapes from the side of the road to farm fields and home gardens. One lovely summer morning we paid a visit to Amy in her magical flower field at Sideroad Farm in Walter’s Falls where she grows the most beautiful flowers. Supplying an abundance of blooms through their own farm store, the Collingwood Farmer’s Market and to floral designers like myself, she really knows how to grow them! She kindly shared a few of her beautiful flowers with us to play with, all organically grown with love and care of course! Read on to see some of the beauties that you might find in your summer wedding bouquets.

Cosmos

With their vibrant colours and soft fluttery petals, cosmos are a lovely cut flower throughout the summer season. They are a hardy annual plant that thrives in full sun and produces an abundant amount of blooms. Though it can be tedious, a little bit of time spent deadheading fading flowers will encourage plenty of new growth and keep the flowers coming all summer long. With their delicate stems and light blooms they float gracefully in arrangements and work well in both a rustic or more upscale, romantic design.

Summer ontario local flowers cosmos
 

Larkspur

A relative of delphinium, larkspur are an annual flower in a range of colours from white and pink to purple and blue. They are an early summer bloomer with a tall spike-like shape and clusters of flowers. They are beautiful for adding height to an arrangement and are also lovely for drying. Though you might be tempted, these should not be used near any food as they are toxic.

Summer Ontario local wedding flowers larkspur
 

Sweet peas

One of my very favourite early summer flowers, the sweet pea is the epitome of elegance. From it’s delicate fragrance to the most graceful petals and whimsical tendrils they are a true delight. With many varieties and a wide range of colours, chances are they will be used in everything I design while they are in season.

Summer ontario local flowers sweetpeas
 

Dahlias

Dahlias are truly an essential summer flower. Blooming in mid summer, they are a cut and come again kind of plant. Meaning that when you harvest the flowers, more will continue to bloom right up until the first frost. There are so many varieties but the ever popular Café au Lait dinner plate dahlia is perhaps one of the more sought after varieties for weddings because of it’s impressive size and soft velvety petals often ranging from creamy blush to a more colourful pink.

Summer Ontario local wedding flowers dahlia


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Words: Ashley Elaine
Photographer: Frances Beatty Photography
Flowers: Sideroad Farm


Raw Therapy pop up with The Spa Truck & The Bivalve Oyster & Libation Co

Earlier in July, after a pretty full day of working on the blog, we took a bit of a break and headed over to Thornbury Village Craft Cider & Brewhouse to check out a fun evening event. The aptly named Raw Therapy pop up featured relaxing treatments from The Spa Truck and freshly shucked oysters from The Bivalve Oyster & Libation Co plus some great beers, ciders and wines!

The Spa Truck brings the pampering to you in the form of a 1962 vintage air stream trailer. They had a few different treatments on the menu including a head and shoulder massage, an anti-aging hand treatment and a rose quartz facial roll. We indulged in all three of the treatments being offered and was it ever delightful. We both left feeling more relaxed, and inspired to book a full session with them in the near future. We highly recommend the head and neck massage, especially after a long day of staring at a computer screen.

Meanwhile, The Bivalve Oyster & Libation Co was serving up some delicious, fresh oysters. The duo never stopped shucking for a second, and brought an incredibly joyful energy to the patio. They provided fresh horseradish, an onion mignonette, lemon and local hot sauce to enhance the flavours of the oysters. The whole experience was delightful. It was Ashley’s first time enjoying fresh oysters, and it definitely lived up to the hype.

If only every Tuesday could be so pampered!

Spring flowers

Spring. It’s the time of year we yearn for everything green and new and fresh. It’s the season of new beginnings and the reminder that warm summer days are on the way. Between the budding apple trees and lilacs, bright yellow forsythia and many other signs, the Georgian Bay landscape is showing lots of promise. To celebrate this beautiful shift in season, here are a few of my favourite spring flowers to design with.

Tulips

No spring arrangement would be complete without tulips. With so many kinds of tulips out there, the options are seemingly endless. There are tulips with double the petals, ones with frilly edges, exotic looking parrot tulips, single tulips and many more. To enjoy tulips in your garden, plant the bulbs in the fall once temperatures start to drop for a beautiful show of blooms come spring. Though they are also loved by animals such as deer so if you are in a spot frequented by tulip loving animals, be prepared to lose a few blooms. When it comes to arranging with tulips, my favourite is the double tulip. They are full of petals, also known as peony flowering, and put on quite the show as they continue to open and change.

double tulips spring flowers in ontario
 

Muscari

Typically blooming in mid spring, muscari stems are made up of little bunches of blue bell shaped blooms. Also known as grape hyacinths, the bulbs multiply easily and will provide flowers in your garden year after year. As a cut flower, these blue beauties may be delicate in size and shape but they pack a colourful punch when paired with other favourites like narcissus or poppies.

muscari spring flowers in ontario
 

Ranunculus

Grown in a wide range of colours, ranunculus are known for their long vase life and layers on layers of delicate petals, making them a must have for many floral designers. While they aren’t seen as often in home gardens as other bulbs such as tulips, they are a very popular and highly sought after cut flower. I like to use them as an accent, floating gently above heavier focal flowers or feature them in a more minimal style arrangement and let their beauty truly shine.

ranunculus spring flowers in ontario
 

Whether you’re looking for inspiration for your bridal bouquet, your kitchen table or for what to plant in your garden, these three beauties are lovely options. Tulips, muscari and ranunuculus will add that extra pop of colour we’re all craving by April & May.

Do you have a favourite spring flower? Leave a comment and share with us!



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Words: Ashley Elaine
Photographer: Frances Beatty Photography