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Blush Summer Flower Subscription Program – It’s Time!

Just because you’re too afraid to take out the lawn furniture yet doesn’t mean you can’t have a little bit of summer on the dining room table (the inside one, of course).  The Blush Summer Flower Subscription Program begins July 7th and we have lots of fun in store for you this year!

Spring Wedding Flowers -What’s Local Right Now

Although it’s not officially summer yet, last weekend’s wedding for Tam and Mike sure started to get us in the mood! This was a fun one for many reasons, not least of which was the amazing amount of locally grown materials we were able to use thanks to the new Seattle Wholesale Grower’s Market.

Along with the beautiful David Austin ‘Juliet’ Garden Roses from California, the local stars were: Viburnum (2 kinds!), Ranunculus, ‘Coral Charm’ Peonies, Rubus, Raspberry Vine, Nicotinia, Peterkort Roses, and of course, Temptress Poppies……..

Peach Bridal Bouquets…..and Sunshine Too!

While we await the “real” images from yesterday’s absolutely gorgeous wedding at Terra Bella (formerly Larkspur Farms, in Conway), here’s a sneak preview of the bridal bouquets.  The roses for Megan’s big day were: David Austin ‘Juliet’, ‘Vendela’, and ‘Surprise’ (from PeterKort).  Peach and white Stock, Ranunculus, Larkspur and Sweet Peas rounded out the spring-y bridesmaid’s bouquets. Now just wait until you see the dress……………

Think Spring……In January!

Looking back to January at this cheerful yellow, coral and turquoise palette designed by Kirstie Warren of SimplyWed makes us wonder if we might have possibly blinked and missed Spring in the Northwest this year (??) Oh well, it was fun while it lasted and we had a fabulous time exhibiting at Novelty Hill-Januik during Weddings in Woodinville.

The theme was “Whimsy and Wit” and Kirstie outdid herself down to the very last detail. We added centerpieces to the tabletops in yellows, corals and reds  using just a few of our Spring favorites – Ranunculus, Tulips, Acacia, Craspedia, and a little Stock for fragrance.  The fringy soft yellow Double Tulips are one of our favorites for Spring bridal bouquets too! Thank you to Mode Wedding Photographers for the wonderful images.

Is that Hostess Gift stash of yours running low?

Don’t worry, Blush’s Papwerwhite pots will come to the rescue and keep your favorite Hostess-with-the-Mostest smiling for weeks to come.  Inside the festive burlap wrapping are newly planted Paperwhite bulbs waiting to ring in the New Year. We have two options: A rustic 4″ Birch covered pot for $15 or a square galvanized container for $20. Now you can get back to worrying about bigger and better things…..or just enjoying the season.  Happy Holidays!

Fall Wedding Bouquets – Straight from the Field!

We have lots of catching up to do from our 2010 wedding season, so here we go! We were so thrilled to be a part of  Amy and Howard’s beautiful day on Cypress Island shot by Suzanne Fogarty and planned by Soiree Event Stylists of Anacortes.  Amy left all of the decision making for her bouquet in our hands and had just one request: ” I want it to look like I picked it straight out of the field”………how’s that for an easy-going bride!?!

September is a wonderful time to be building fall wedding bouquets in our neck-of-the-woods, so we were able to use mostly locally grown materials, including: Dahlias (a couple of our favorites, ‘Cafe Au Lait’ and ‘Karma’ Chocolate), Amaranth, Scabiosa, Veronicastrum, Chasmanthium (Northern Sea Oats), Millet, and Artemisia.  To top it all off, we threw in a couple of non-locals  (only because we knew Amy would love them): Ranunculus, Seeded Eucalyptus, and Creme d’la Creme Roses.

What’s Local Right Now, and What’s Not!

Well, we had planned on featuring local Peonies in our first Summer Flower Subscription delivery, but Mother Nature didn’t quite cooperate. Thanks to our less-than-ideal weather we got to mix some California Garden Roses in with the Nigella, Raspberry Vine, Sweet Peas and Baptisia…..which certainly didn’t ruin our day. Nevertheless, for those of you keeping up on the availability of seasonal Skagit Valley flowers, we always like to disclose any non-locals sneaking into our “What’s Local Right Now” features. The white rose you see here is Fair Bianca, which we love for white or cream bridal bouquets. It’s beautifully scented with that perfect saucer-shape and natural growing pattern. The pink rose is Yves Piaget, also beautifully scented and a wonderful complement to the fresh summer greens! Our next delivery is July 9th, so fingers are crossed for sunshine!

What’s Local Right Now

We’re cheating a bit on this week’s “What’s Local Right Now” feature, but had to share the little piece of luck we had last weekend for an event at Semiahmoo. Thanks to some funny (okay, awful) weather patterns and the accidental late planting schedule of one of the  growers we work with, local ‘Bowl of Cream’ Peonies and Picotee Ranunculus ended up in the same centerpiece arrangements…… in June! They’re joined by Sweet Pea vines, Tuxedo Black Sweet William,  Nigella and Jacob’s Ladder. The cheating part comes in with the addition of some beautiful ‘Faith’ and ‘Alicia’ Roses, which are not local but begged to be on the table…….

A Little Frosty Elegance…..

Although we love our greens, once in a while it’s fun to change up the mood and pair our favorites with a touch of  silver. Accents of Dusty Miller in a white bridal bouquet of  ‘Bowl of Cream’ and ‘Duchesse de Nemours’ Peonies will turn a candlelit walk down the aisle into something out of a fairy tale…….don’t worry, they’ll still love you and the dress too…

Beautiful Locally Grown Flowers – Blush Summer Flower Subscription

We’re hoping this beautiful image taken last summer by David Perry for A Fresh Bouquet might bring back the sunshine and let us get on with all we have to do this season!

We’re so pleased to announce our Summer Flower Subscription Program starting on June 25th! Get your hands on beautifully fresh blooms provided by our local Skagit Valley cut flower growers this season without leaving your lounge chair….that’s right, we’ll be dropping them on your doorstep every other Friday! Sorry, we don’t barbecue or wash windows but we can at least help make sure you have something pretty on the table.

You’ll be dazzled with treasures like Peonies, Sweet Peas, Dahlias, Roses, Garden Phlox, Sedum, Hydrangeas, Lilies, Celosia, fruiting branches, grasses and herbs. The list goes on forever, but that would spoil the surprise. For the full story, click here.