DIY Corner: Grow Your Own Wedding Flowers

posted on 16 April 2013 by The Tie The Knot Team
posted to Wedding DIY, Wedding Flowers

DIY Wedding Flowers

Why go to the trouble when your local flower stall will have all you need and more? I thought along these lines, until I mistakenly grew a bed of sunflowers.

Amongst what we feed our chickens, I sprinkle the type of sunflower seeds you would give to parrots. My chickens are semi-partial to them (not as much passion as they express for coconut), so they leave a few. And these inadvertently got worked into the soil (they do love to scratch).

Within a month there sprang an entire bed full of sunflowers (in amongst the nettle and mustard lettuce) – without my having to plant a single seed!

Suddenly I had visions of growing other flowers – give them to the chickens to work through the soil and bingo – all the blossoms you need. Of course you don’t need chickens in order to successfully grow blooms.

Here are a few tips on Growing your own:

  • Timing is of the essence – blooms like sunflowers, lavender, arum lillies, strelitzias and agapanthus can be coaxed into bloom in one growing season. Speak to someone who knows and grows flowers, read the seed packets – see which flowers are mostly likely to bloom in the season in which you will marry, and how many weeks they will need to be perfect for the day
  • Go with all year round blooms – the type of flower you can almost guarantee will grow at any time of year – roses, chrysanthemems, asters, carnations, lilies, fynbos, germini, gerbera daisies, beautiful gypsophila and sunflowers – are a safe bet
  • Make use of your shrubs – have a good look around your garden; you’ll be surprised at how many of the shrubs you can use for your bouquet – dog roses, fynbos, hydrangeas, lilacs
  • Involve others – ask your family and friends if they’re prepared to each grow a bed of flowers, or contribute the blooms of a shrub
  • Feed the soil – make sure the soil in which you plant is rich in compost, and use worm castings and worm liquid often to feed the soil

Wedding Links

Happy Wedding Planning!
♥♥♥

Oh, and please “Like” us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter – we’ll ♥ you so much if you do x

What Do You Think?

Comments are closed.