Summer Lovin’

Summer - beach, icecream, sunshine, barbeques, late nights, cold ciders and beautiful blooms. 

Here are my top 5 summer flowers which you will see in my arrangements throughout the next few months:  

Hydrangea.  

Beautiful big tufts of tiny colourful flowers found in most established gardens - no doubt your grandma grew these at some point! Hydrangea grows in large bushes and the colour of the blooms depends on the pH levels in the soil in which it grows. Hydrangea naturally grows in white, pink, purple & blue tones. 

Once cut, hydrangea needs plenty of water and can be misted with a spray bottle to keep it firm & fresh - the flowers can absorb water through their heads. Hydrangea also makes a beautiful dried flower if dried when fresh.  

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Kangaroo Paw.  

This beautiful Australian native gets it’s name from the shape of it’s blooms which resemble tiny kangaroo paws (obvs!). Native to the South West of Western Australia & naturally found in reds, pinks, oranges & green, it makes a stunning & long lasting cut flower that looks particularly effective in arrangements.

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Agapanthus.  

Yes, that flower that grows EVERYWHERE! Available in purple & white, agapanthus are one of the most underrated flowers of all time. Their large heads look amazing in floral designs both full of blooms & ‘naked’ - with the blooms stripped off. The individual florets also look lovely in delicate wired work.

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 instagram: @wildmagnoliaflorals

instagram: @wildmagnoliaflorals

Zinnia.   

These bright & happy little blooms are one of my absolute favourites. They are native to the South West USA and are a very popular garden flower throughout the world. Zinnias grow naturally in white, lime, yellow, orange, red, purple, or lilac. It is also claimed that a zinnia flower was the first flower to bloom on the International Space Station outside of the Earths biosphere. 

 instagram: @floretfarmer

instagram: @floretfarmer

Veronica.  

Long slender stalks of veronica look beautiful in all kinds of floral designs, and is one of my most-used when it’s in season!  

It is the largest genus in the plant family with over 500 species and some are used as medicinal teas by the Native Americans. I love the texture veronica provides to floral arrangements and it’s quirky shape that often bends with the light. 

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 Photo by Laugh Out Loud Photography

Photo by Laugh Out Loud Photography