Sunday, 10 July 2011

Flower Inspiration - Rose Bouquets

Roses are such a popular choice when choosing any kind of flowers, but are particularly popular for weddings. There is something pleasing about the rose's simple charms - it's spiral of petals which draws the eye into its centre, its soft shape, or the many beautiful colours and shades available. Roses have become a tradition, and maybe a staple of wedding flowers, and while they are lovely, classic, elegant and all the rest of it....I'm starting to get a little bored with them. 

Now some of you will probably be outraged, how can I be bored with such a lovely flower? How?! Why?! Well lets set things straight. I've got nothing against roses, I like them plenty! All I'm saying is lets get a bit more imaginative when it comes to using roses for a wedding bouquet.

"Rosalind" roses from David Austin. Via Each Little Word

There are loads of gorgeous varieties of rose just begging to be made into a beautiful bouquet! Why not step away from the standard tight headed varieties and go for something more open? Using a garden rose from David Austin or The Real Flower Company can give you a very romantic and soft, blousy look, and can be lovely when mixed with seasonal berries, leaves or summer flowers. Or how about a frilly rose like the large headed King Arthur, Supergreen or smaller El Torro varieties. 

 Gorgeous bouquet of frilly "Super Green" roses, brunia, ornithogalum and dusty miller via Bow and Arrows

Go wild with colour and choose something variegated or bright. Mix it with your favorite classic rose to uplift a traditional look, or pick a selection of other bold flowers to make your bouquet really pop with colour. 

 A bright modern bouquet, using dahlias, hydrangea and nerine with roses as an accent flower. Via The Full Bouquet

There are also a number of beautiful and unusual rose varieties on the market such as the striking Purple Tiger, the lovely variegated Ranuncula, and its cousin the unsurprisingly named Green Eye, all of which would make a beautifully quirky bouquet used alone, or could add character when used along more standard style roses.

"Green Eye" roses via flowerstudioiom and "King Arthur" (source unknown)

"Ranuncula" Rose via flowerstudioiom

So lets mix it up! There are so many other varieties out there other than aqua and akito - lets use them with wild abandon!

12 comments:

  1. I couldn't agree more. Wow, those top two bouquets blow me away! How easy is it to source these super duper varieties? Do you need to buy them direct from specialist growers or are they more freely available than that? x

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  2. Your local florist should be able to order them from their wholesaler or flower market for you, and you can buy lovely bunches of David Austin or Real Flower Co roses online.

    The more unusual ones will be a bit more pricy (but worth it!) but varieties such as super green are usually the same price as any other rose you'd see in a florists shop.

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  3. Completely agree with you! Every bride wants their wedding to be different and unique - why should their bouquets all be (more or less) the same?! There are so many gorgeous varieties out there, grab the opportunity to be different!

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  4. Oh I LOVE that green rose bouquet. ah, I really hope I get to work with you soon! One day at least. I love with a bouquet had a some originality and spark to it.

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  5. Loving the Roses and Astrantia combo xx

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  6. I can relate to you as being a bit bored with roses. And you're right, is not about the rose actually, but the way you use them. When preparing my own wedding I realized I was absolutely tired of rose buttons (especially red rose buttons). I made my own bouquet and actually ended up using some roses, but I recognize I had to be a little annoying at the flower shop in order to have the roses the way I wanted. A bit more open, less 'perfect' (or so they think) but more expressive and sweet. I also used lovely little roses (here in Portugal we call them st therese roses). Here's a picture of it at my blog: http://goo.gl/dhU77. Would love to ear your thoughts about!
    ** Ines

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  7. Thank you so much for stepping by my place, you're really sweet!
    ** Ines

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  8. Wow I just love the garden roses, and what beautiful bouquets.... thank you for sharing glad I came across your blog...

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  9. Apologies for the late comment, but thank you for featuring a couple of the roses from my shop! I always try and stock at least a couple of unusual varieties just to make sure I stand out from the supermarkets. They aren't always more expensive either... Ranunculus is usually cheaper than other plain red roses such as Grand Prix or Red Naomi. Beautiful Blog by the way x x

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  10. i like very much of these flowers. it's looks so gorgeous. There are loads of gorgeous varieties of rose just begging to be made into a beautiful bouquet!

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  11. That green flower bouquet is fabulous. i love that all flowers.

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  12. They look almost real. Appropriate for any occasion actually.

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