Monday, January 3, 2011

Floral Spotlight: Billy Buttons

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Another favorite lovely little detail that I have grown to love in floral arrangements is the billy button, otherwise known as billy balls, Australian bachelor buttons, drumstick flowers or craspedia globosa/pycnosorus globosa.  These bright yellow flowers offer a burst of color throughout your event via bouquets, boutonnieres (my favorite!), and even in your decor (on the cake, a few simple stalks in a mason jar for centerpieces, etc.) 

Although they are a perennial wildflower found in Australia and New Zealand, these bright beauties have been finding themselves worldwide lately and I consider them a rising star in the "details".  Don't live in Australia or New Zealand?  You can also buy them as seeds to plant in your own yard here in the US or abroad.

Here are a few of my favorite shots of billy buttons working their magic:

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I love all the simple colors in this bouquet - the blue satin wrapped stems, the green lemon leaves, and of course the yellow billy buttons.

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See how they add a touch of color to the decor?  Love it.

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You can even pull this lovely little detail all the way through to your paper suite!  

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Simple and classic.

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A statement bouquet with a summery color palette.
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And adds a perfect pop of color to the cake :)
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I think I love the bride's dress as much as the bouquet!
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I love when a hidden detail works its way up to becoming a main event, which is exactly what the billy button has done over the past few years.  Have any other images to share?  Contact me!

16 comments:

  1. soooo gorgeous! i am digging those flowers! the yellow is making me happy too!

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  2. Those are my absolute favourite yellow 'flowers' and I HAVE to find them in NZ for the flowers! I HAVE TO :)

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  3. beautiful round-up! i'm not super into yellow, but this might change my mind :)

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  4. ♥ ing the heck out of these! and them on the cake :)

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  5. Love the new header, love billy buttons. :D

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  6. lol love these!! Love that invitation...so adorable!

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  7. Those are so pretty! I always wanted to know what they were called. Thanks!

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  8. Beautiful! I love the jl designs bouquet!

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  9. Wow another great flower I didn't even know existed... what rock have I been living under?

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  10. one of my absolute favorites.. have some on my desk now!

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  11. LOVE it! The first bouquet is AMAZING!

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  12. Fabulous post - love your floral spotlights and these are making a serious comeback I feel! They are so much fun!!

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  13. Fun, fabulous post!! You chose amazing photographic examples too! So bright and cheerful! Very fun!

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  14. Love this- such a great highlight on such a cute little detail!

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