Hi! Us here again to talk more flowers! This time we have a winter bouquet to breakdown. With Punxsutawney Phil telling us it’s going to be a short winter, we figured we would squeeze in a winter bouquet before it’s too late.
Our second bouquet in this series is titled “The Aspen”. It’s a fun snowy twist on a garden-style bouquet.
So why do we love this bouquet so much?
The simple answer: it’s different. It’s not often we get to do a winter wedding bouquet but when we do, oh boy, we love it! This winter bouquet wasn’t designed for a bride, however. It was just a fun Sunday creation with some leftover blooms and winter greens. And if you’re wondering, yes it did smell like Christmas.
So what is in this bouquet?
We have a lot of texture going on in this bouquet with both the greenery and flowers. But let’s start with the greenery this time!
Pine: With its long skinny needles peeking out here and there, pines give this bouquet a true winter feel. Although it is more of a non-traditional greenery for wedding bouquets we couldn’t help ourselves. While it is technically available year-round as it can be fresh cut locally we find it to be used the most during the winter season. We give pine a $$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Balsam Fir: Another uncommon greenery for bouquets that we absolutely love! Nothing says Christmas wedding more than that soft smell of a Balsam Fir. This confer is available to cut year-round but just like the pine, we find it most often used in the winter months. We give Balsam Fir $$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Cedar: This evergreen foliage is the thickest and lush of the winter foliages. It gives a beautiful true green color throughout the branch with the tips sometimes showing a greyish blue tint. It is an extremely hardy greenery and available year-round. We give it a $ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Mini Variegated Pittosporum: These white and green leaves remind us of Holly leaves with their elongated shape and color pattern. They are a great filler year-round and we give them $$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Baby Blue Eucalyptus: This dusty blue/green foliage is a favorite among wedding couples. The long stems with horizontal leaves give a different texture when paired with most other greens. It is a great greenery to add height and structure to an arrangement. Be warned though, it can have a sticky sap when the leaves are removed. Baby Blue Eucalyptus is available year-round and scores a $$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Grevillea Foliage: This jagged almost saw style greenery transitions from a dusty green to rusty red. Grevillea Foliage is typically available late fall into the winter. We give Grevillea Foliage a $$$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Safari Sunset Leucadendron: A fun twist on a “greenery”. These deep red/burgundy stalks of foliage have cupped leaves that grow in an upward fashion. While other leucadendron varieties come in a variety of colors this one is our favorite. It is available year-round and we rate it as a $$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
White Mini Poms: These cute little minis are a wonderful substitution for mini carnations. They also remind us of mini dahlias too! These mini poms are available year-round and are another great budget-friendly option. We give them a $ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Red Hypericum: These berries are all the rage and come in a huge variety of colors from white to green, pink, peach and of course red and burgundy. Another common name for them is St John's Wort. Although, we don’t think that such a sexy name especially when you are describing them to potential brides. Hypericum berries are available year-round and rank as a $$ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
White Statice: Statice is like the gift that keeps giving. This cut flower is super versatile and can be used fresh cut or dried. Betcha can’t guess which way I used it in this bouquet. (hint: I’ve had it in my house for over a year now) Statice is a branching flower so each stock has multiple blooms. It is available in so many colors but our favorites are definitely white, lavender and pink. One of the best things about Statice is that it is available year-round and is very cost effective. We give Statice a $ out of $$$$$ on the expensive scale.
Raspberry Scabiosa: This tangy bright colored flower is also called the pincushion flower. You most often find it in more wildflower bouquets and arrangements but we like to tuck it into everything. A fun fact about scabiosa is that they are in the honeysuckle family and according to historians were used to treat scabies in the middle ages. While Scabiosa can be purchased year-round we find the local season to be August through October. One the expensive scale we rate Scabiosa $$ out of $$$$$.