I can’t quite believe we are now in July already! This year is quite literally zooming by! How glorious has the weather been over the last week, long may these warm sunny days continue. Along with the lovely weather, the summer season also brings with it a plethora of beautiful flower and foliage varieties some of which I wanted to share with you today.
Probably the most instagramable flower there is! I mean come on who doesn’t love peonies?! These beauties only have a short flowering season so you have to make the most of them whilst you can! They normally flower from May through to early July and there are so many different varieties available! Some of the most popular include; Sarah Bernadt which has a soft pink colour and coral charm which although doesn’t smell quite as pleasant you can forgive them for their rich vibrant shade which fades to a soft light peach as they get older. Another more unusual variety that I have been using in my designs recently is the tree peony. Peonies have a good shelf life, depending on the variety they should last from 7 to 10 days as long as you change your vase of water every few days and re-cut their stems at an angle.
One of my most favourite flowers, their sweet-smelling scent is just delicious! They have a rather long flowering season which starts from April time right through to August. Available in pretty much every colour imaginable, some varieties also have variegated and two-tone petals. In the language of flowers, the Sweet Pea carries a meaning of delicate pleasures, which is rather fitting for such a graceful flower.
Lupins also known as bluebonnets are bright bold flowers that come in different shades of purples, pinks and blues. Known for their large pea like flowers that grow intense clusters on tall spikes. They flower from late Spring through to July.
The common name for Aquilegia is ‘Columbine’ which comes from the Latin word meaning ‘dove’. These pretty delicate flowers with their bell- shaped petals are available in a wide variety of colours including; blue, purple, white, pink and yellow. Some varieties are also bi-coloured. Known as the quintessential cottage flower they flower from Spring through to early summer. Aquilegia is also said to symbolise innocence.
Cornflowers also known as Bachelors Buttons are popular in wildflower gardens and meadow style designs. These dainty flowers are available in punchy shades of royal blue, hot pink and dark purple. They have a meaning of wealth, fortune and friendship and flower from May through to September.
Cow Parsley also known as Queen Anne’s Lace is from the carrot family. It has white delicate petals that look so pretty when arranged on mass together. It grows abundantly throughout the summer months and can be found on roadside verges and hedgerows.
A popular foliage during the summer months mainly due to it’s wonderful fresh scent not only to use for summer drinks and cooking but also in flower arrangements too. They like to be well hydrated so it’s important to give them lots of water to drink and they will have a long vase life. Favourite varieties I like to use include; Apple, Pineapple, White Variegated and Spearmint.
A pretty silvery toned foliage that has a soft furry texture to its leaf. It’s a hardy foliage that is heat resistant which means it is perfect to use during the summer months.
Known for its luscious fragrance, it also has gorgeous trailing foliage that is ideal for hanging designs. Associated with love it also symbolises beauty and sensuality. Jasmine originated in the tropical regions of Asia but is now grown worldwide. Jasmine tends to flower from early summer until autumn.
Do you have a favourite summer flower? It’s hard to choose when there is just so much choice! That’s one of the wonderful things about mother nature though, each season will bring with it new flower varieties to marvel and enjoy.
I actually fell into flowers by chance, it all started whilst away travelling through Central America back in 2008 when I had an epiphany that I wanted a career that allowed me to be more creatively hands-on (up until that point I had worked in the fashion and homeware industry). I decided to take the plunge & study for a creative degree, originally enrolling for an FDA in design display but fate stepped in as the university discontinued the course. This left me wondering what on earth I would study instead? Reevaluating the list of other course options available I spotted it… Floral Design and Events Management and thought to myself ‘that sounds interesting’. After just a couple of classes, I had fallen hook line and sinker for the flowers! Three years later I graduated with a first class BA Hons degree in Floral Design and Events Management and following on from my graduation established Joanne Truby Floral Design in 2012 and have never looked back since!
With a focus on design and details and a ‘thinking outside the box’ attitude when it comes to working with flowers, our style is natural and organic yet abundant with a romantic feel. We adore mixing different colours and textures to create stunning floral combinations. With an ethos for creating wow floral concepts, I'm inspired by many different elements around me; art, interiors, travel along with nature itself and the seasons. I adore mixing different colours and textures together to create truly stunning floral combinations and I love nothing more than seeing a design concept come to fruition on the day of a wedding or event after months of planning. I also love teaching our floral masterclasses, it makes me so happy passing on my knowledge and seeing people ecstatic with their final creations. When I’m not busy designing flowers I also love to write about them and have had the pleasure of guest blogging for a number of leading wedding blogs along with writing regular features for print magazines including Wedding Flowers and Accessories and Perfect Wedding sharing our expert knowledge and guidance on all things flower related. To me, flowers come armed with a superpower, which is never failing to evoke such happy emotions, & I feel very lucky to work with such naturally beautiful materials. I adore flowers & foliage's and like to work with the best of each season's offerings. The smell, the delicate petals and the wide array of colours, shapes and varieties available never cease to amaze me!