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Bouquets from the Marchioness Garden (ll)

Timing is everything when making bouquets from a home garden, as the season determines the flowers to be used. This time of year in the Marchioness garden, mid-June, white flowers, like peonies, are just fading, and others, like cosmos, are just starting to bloom. This transition makes things a bit difficult, but I’m up for the challenge.

I’ve been dreaming about making bridal bouquets from my home garden for awhile now, and I’m determined to come up with the prettiest, lushest, whitest and/or blushiest bouquets possible. After foraging for a couple hours, I came away with not only enough flowers, but a plethora of greens, like ferns, as well as small branches from a starry, white flowering dogwood and heavenly scented Japanese lilac.

I brought everything inside, and then spread it out on a table. I followed the same process for the wedding bouquets in the previous post on how to make bouquets. With “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” ringing in my ears, I decided on “something old” and I wrapped the stems in vintage ribbon and strips of antique lace and embroidery.

The bridal bouquet should be extra special. Elegant in color and style and incorporate personal touches that represent the bride. It could be a token heirloom, like a blue ribbon from a family member, or leaves from an oak tree to symbolize the cycle of life. These personal touches should tell a little about the brides hopes and dreams for the future.

Scent is an important component in a bouquet and luckily there were enough roses and peonies and lilac left to give the bouquet a heady fragrance. Herbs and scented geraniums are abundant during the summer months and make for great filler and greens. Aromatherapy is helpful. There nothing quite like the sudden draft of a fresh sage and rose to calm frazzled nerves.

It turned out that the Marchioness garden had more than enough for two beautiful bouquets, one white, and one blush. These bouquets can also be used as center pieces, simply remove the ribbon and put them in a vase of cool water. The ribbon can be saved and passed down as a token of affection to someone on their special day sometime in the future. So don’t let the seasonal transition hold you back.

I hope you’ve been inspired to forage your own gardens for your wedding bouquets!

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