There is a tremendous amount of pressure on us garden style florists to use only extremely hard to find garden flowers and only the most exotic specimens of those. I can't even count the times a week I see on instagram someone talking about how they "foraged" their flowers (hopefully NOT from somebody's garden, but you never know).
I love those flowers too, but I'm a business person, not a 20 year old sunhat wearing independently wealthy vagabond who drives around clipping things from yards instead of buying them at the flower market.
Sorry if that sentence seems random, but I have a feeling it will get a few cheers from some of you.
It's hard to not be jealous seeing other people get their hands on amazing flowers. Of the NYC florists who get to use varieties I've never even seen before. But then I try and check my privilege and consider the florists in the middle of the country with no local markets who are jealous of what we can get in LA.
Which brings me to these centerpieces from yesterday. A bride who wanted all white and was extremely concerned that nothing show any tiny trace of browning or bruising had me reaching for varieties that are considered passe amongst many modern garden florists. I ended up loving what I made, and it was a flower recipe with ingredients that most florists should be easily able to get their hands on.
I love using more unusual flowers and I will always do my best to source from local growers as much as possible. That said, it's so nice to have this reminder that Columbian hydrangeas can still be graceful, that traditional roses can sometimes work as well as garden roses, and that queen anne's lace can be graphic and modern. It's all in the styling.
Brides and flower enthusiasts, sorry about this post. This one's for my florist readers. And for them I'm also giving the recipe for this arrangement:
6 white hydrangea
5 Polo roses
3 Vendela roses
5 white freesia
2 white peonies
2 stems of white lisianthus
2 white veronica
3 white stock
1 stem of white campanula
about 1/4 of a field bunch of queen anne's lace
and greenery. I used
-1 branch of tree ivy
-3 stems of brake fern
-2 hosta leaves