Peonies please!

Peonies are a big favourite for weddings. Unfortunately their window of availability is very short – a month, maybe two. In South Africa they are usually available from around mid October to mid November.

Andrea was fortunate enough to get married in this short period of the year. Peonies are in fact her favourite flower so perhaps this is why she chose to get married at this time. We were able to create soft and romantic blush and white arrangements for her and the bridesmaid’s bouquets.

The Blushing Brides in the bridesmaid’s bouquets and boutonnieres blended beautifully with the colour of the Peonies. Her colour scheme for the reception was coral, pink, yellow and green – the team put together 100 jars of arrangements which formed the table decor.

Pink and white peonies and blushing bride boutonnieres

Pink and white peonies and blushing bride boutonnieres

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Flowers: Lisianthus

It’s the season of Summer and there are loads of flowers out in full bloom! This past Saturday I took a brave, early morning visit to the Multiflora Market in Turffontein, Johannesburg. A few months ago I made a great find at our local florist – lisianthus, so I was once again out to see if they’d be available at the market for my wedding in February.

Lisianthus or ‘Lizzy’s’ are a great alternative to roses which are very pricey and seen so many times before. I’m a big fan of Peonies – but sadly if you’re living in South Africa, they’re only available for a very short time in October/November. Lisianthus have a similar feel to Poenies – not as full petal-ed but soft and romantic like their sister Peonies in the rose family.

Lisianthus come mainly in white but also a deep purple and some beautiful pastel colours. One of my favourite things about them is actually the closed buds, they’re soft and beautiful and add so much character to a bouquet. Lisianthus are available all year round and go for around R40 a bunch.