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Flowers for an early June Wedding

Can anyone recommend what flowers to plant for my daughter's wedding at the beginning of July 2016 . I live just North of Carlisle on the edge of a forest where light can be an issue, and the ground can also be quite wet so intend to grow most of any suggestions received on my sunny (that's when there is any!!!) patio in pots.

My local soil is predominantly acidic as Rhododendrons grow easily & plentifully, but am willing to buy alternate types of soil/compost. Am looking forward to any advice regarding this.    


  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,583

    Are these purely for decoration in the garden or are you hoping to use some as cut flowers?

  • Thanks for your reply.

    Both, I would predominantly like cut flowers to pad out the very expensive bridal flowers, not for the bouquet, but for the table arrangements & to decorate the aisle which are going to be quite informal in large decorated jam jars etc 

  • Thanks for your reply.

    How did the forgetmenots last up during the day, honesty is a great idea, have never grown nigella before are they difficult to grow? From the bbc gardeners website it says they flower in July - we are further north so am not sure if they would flower in time. Will try them in the greenhouse. Can you suggest any flowers with slightly larger heads, ideally I want something to replace/supplement the roses that usually cost a fortune.

  • YviestevieYviestevie Posts: 7,063

    Just looked at some of garden photos taken in June this year and the following were in flower.  I live in the West Midlands.

    Delphiniums, Roses, Honesty, Lupins, Peony and Foxgloves.

    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • YviestevieYviestevie Posts: 7,063

    As I am quite a bit further south I also checked May.  Forget me not, Lupins, Camassia, Tulips,  Alliums, Lilac, Geums.  Honesty Roses and Peony were also in flower.  Hope this helps.

    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • Is there a colour scheme? It might help to focus your choices? I would suggest foraging some lilac to pad out the expensive flowers. It flowers late May down here (so maybe a bit later for you?) and grows abundantly on the roadsides etc.
  • Can you do a dry run to an early morning flower market, the ones that the florists go to and find out if it would be available if things don't go according to plan for you.

    Like a safety net when in need at the last minute.
  • Suggest gypsophila Covent garden annual, sweet peas, scabious, cornflowers, but everything depends on the weather and your situation.
  • Wow, thank you so much for the suggestions.

    1st her colour scheme is predominantly white, lots of Gypsohila with occasional very pale lilac/pink roses & flowers.

    Have grown sweet peas before but not sure whether would get them for June, Cornflower is possibly a bit too deep blue for the colour scheme, though I love it, but its my daughter's choice.  

    Will def try Scabious as I can start them off now in seed trays.

    Lupins & Delphiniums all seem to get eaten by the huge number of slugs we get because of the wet (we have half an acre & slug hunting is not my fav thing - have tried various deterrents & killers but the little 'darlings' always seem to return with a vengeance). But might try them in pots up higher.

    Unfortunately although I have quite a few peonies but they would def not flower in time.

    Will def try the Camassia as it appears to like our soil and may flower late enough for June.

    Have got lots of Foxgloves growing wild which might just be out by then, but aren't the leaves supposed to be poisonous, not sure these would be advisable as we will be having young children at the wedding? What are your thoughts on this because I know my daughter has admired them in my garden & the wild flower colour would be perfect? Have never cut them for an arrangement does anyone know how long they would last in an arrangement?

    Lilac sounds like a fantastic idea, and will really contribute to the smell. Unfortunately as mine had grown really leggy & has stopped flowering because they were over shadowed by large trees, I have now cut back both the trees & lilac quite drastically, so will be surprised if I get any flowers for next year. However I'm sure I can raid some friends gardens & the colours will be just perfect!

    The plan is that my friend who is doing the flowers for us is going to come round at the beginning of the week before the wedding & asses what she can use & also what offers I have managed to get from friends gardens, then she can work out what she needs to buy. 

    Those of you who have done flower arranging before is there anything I can do to ensure that both wild flowers & flowers cut from gardens last as long as possible?

    Many thanks for your advice I am now getting inspired to get ordering seeds etc bulbs etc so I can get going in the greenhouse!

    Have tried growing Gypsophila before with not much success, but I wasn't really trying. However have read it blooms from June on-wards which means it may not be out early enough up here in time, so may have to buy. However its worth ago.

    Will also give Sweet Peas ago but may need to start them off somewhere warm in March to ensure I can get them to flower in time as mine have been usually a bit later.

    Thank you so much for all your advice, its great and am now going to start ordering & checking what seeds I already have.  Please keep the advice & suggestions coming.

  • YviestevieYviestevie Posts: 7,063

    If you start the sweet peas off in October they will flower earlier, take a look at the sweet pea thread on here.

    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
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