WEDDING bells are ringing once again. After a year of costly cancellations, I have been looking for ways to boost brides’ and grooms’ budgets — beginning with the blooms.
Lots of couples spend £1,000 or more on flowers. So I spoke to Shannen Godwin of plant specialist J Parker’s to hear how growing your own can seriously cut costs. Here are her tips to stem your spending . . .
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FIT YOUR THEME: Matching your flora to your theme can make a big difference and gives a professional look. Shannen says: “For a vintage wedding, marigolds can be quickly grown in pots indoors and are very hardy. “A romantic wedding suits a bouquet of anemones. The intricate, dark sepals mixed with the delicate petals give a dramatic touch, plus they bloom throughout most months of the year.”
SOW YOUR SEEDS: Get prepped and plant. Shannen says: “The next step is to purchase the seeds. Sow them in small pots until they germinate. “Afterwards, you can take them outdoors to a sunny spot that doesn’t get excess water and is free of weeds.”
CUT CAREFUL: Make sure you don’t over-cut your blooms and don’t harvest them too soon. Shannen adds: “Once your plants begin to flower, you’ll need to keep a close eye on them. Chop off dead flower heads regularly and continue until you’re ready to harvest — the day before your wedding. “You’ll need sharp scissors and a clean bucket. Cut the stems at a 45-degree angle and remove any stray leaves.”
KEEP IT FRESH: One trick of the trade is to keep things cool. Shannen says: “Florists use coolers but for this DIY arrangement, try to keep your cut flowers away from sunlight and use a water spray bottle to keep the flowers moist during the day. “Also note that white cut flowers brown quickly when exposed to air.”
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