Wednesday, November 10, 2010

when life can't give you peonies...

can't have these pretty peonies at your wedding because of the seasons?
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...have no fear!  there are so many other gorgeous, fluffy, detailed flowers out there that if peonies aren't in your season, you can still create the look you're going for.

now it's no surprise that i'm not much of a rose type of girl, but i have to admit i do like some roses, just not most. thanks to erin over at sparkle & hay*, i was recently introduced to juliet roses (or english rose: rosa sweet juliet), which i have to admit, have changed my entire outlook on roses!  and - they bloom in summer and fall, which helps fill the peony void :)  check out these beauties!

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if you're still not sold on roses, below are a few of my favorites that fit with the "big, fluffy, detailed" theme.

ranunculus - we all know i am obsessed with these.  their flowering period is June - August but there is still a way to get them up through end of September and in to October, if you look hard enough (or book Jennifer Hodgins at Branford Flower Shop :))  these flowers are so beautiful and very intricate - just make sure you order enough though, because some of the blooms can tend to be small.  i LOVE the look of these in the boutonniere!

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mums (spider, football) - blooms late summer to late fall and are very budget friendly.  a little goes a long way with these, because they are so large in size and fill up space nicely.  i love these and can't get enough :)

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asters - blooms late july through late october and are another budget friendly, pretty option.  look for the "ostrich", "china", or "giant ray" varieties.

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dahlias - there are so many dahlia varieties out there but my personal favorites are the waterlily and dwarf, because they both give that whimsical look (in my opinion).  a lot of people asked what kind of dahlias i had in sunday's mason jar post, and those were the large waterlily versions.  dahlias start blooming in july and go all the way through the first frost of the year (and if you're doing your own flowers, you can get these at farmers' markets for a great price).

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i could go on and on, but you get the picture.  just because a certain flower may not be available, doesn't mean you can't find something else just as beautiful to fill the gap :)

for an even more comprehensive list of seasonal flowers, click here for a guide i found to be helpful when planning my own wedding.

*side note - i met up with erin on monday night when i was home in connecticut and it was so much fun!  we met over a glass of wine and talked weddings, details, and life in general.  i love how this blog has given me the opportunity to meet and network with so many amazing people, and erin is right up there in my list of favorites :)

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15 comments:

  1. I am so not a rose girl either but that Juliet - she's gorgeous!! That third pick down... you'd never think that was a rose. And I adore ranunculus too!!! So many gorgeous pics here! Lucky girl getting to meet up with Erin!

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  2. I'm not a big rose person either, but those Juliet's are absolutely gorgeous. I was originally thinking peonies but our timing and budget may not allow for it.. the Juliet's seem like a good replacement!

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  3. what a heavenly post.. i love each one of those especially the coral roses

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  4. I really love dahlias, those and the ranunculus would be my replacement!

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  5. Seriously, I want to open up a little flower shop just so I can stare at all these pretties all day:)

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  6. I wish this post would have existed 8 months ago when I was making flower decisions! =) I love the ranunculus! They are gorgeous! Oh well -- our roses were pretty ESPECIALLY for DIY =)

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  7. What a GREAT post to help give brides other options!!!! :)

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  8. So many great options out there, that we don't always know about!

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  9. sooo gorgeous. It is amazing what nature can do.

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  10. I love all of those flowers, but they don't match my wedding colors :(

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  11. This is such a great post! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. I love this post, I'm another person who wanted peonies but couldn't because our wedding was in September. There are so many other great options though! Love your blog!

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  13. Haha, I think I may be one of those rare girls who really didn't give a crap about the flowers at the wedding ;)

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  14. OO I love your new header!! How did you do this?! I need to do a little blog make-over...the problem: I am pretty much tech-silly and I can't figure out how to do it! :-)

    And peonies are soo pretty!!

    I just tagged you in an award! Check it out!http://latache-t.blogspot.com/2010/11/me-fabulous-well-thanks.html

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  15. I too am a peony lover...but I also love these alternatives, especially the ranunculus...just beautiful

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