A Thousand Threads

Category: Floral Inspiration

Floral Inspiration: Hydrangeas

Mark and I have a special love for hydrangeas.  Early on in our relationship, I moved into a new apartment with a lovely front patio.  To celebrate the move, Mark brought me the most beautiful hydrangea and placed it outside the door in a big red pot.

We joked that it was our “love hydrangea,” and in the end the joke kind of stuck… we got attached to the thing.

Over the years we’ve fought to keep that little hydrangea alive and as strong as our love… and despite a few setbacks, it’s stronger than ever.  So, the day he proposed, Mark left me a hydrangea.

Season: Hydrangeas are available nearly all year, but are most plentiful in early spring.

Meaning: Japanese legend has it that the emperor once sent a bouquet of hydrangeas to apologize to the family of a girl he loved.  It was his only recorded apology. The flower has come to symbolize earnestness and honest emotion, from joy to grief.

Pros: Hydrangeas have very sturdy, woody stems and come in a wide range of colors.  Common shades are blues, purples, whites, pinks and greens.  Hydrangeas are also beautiful dried, so if you plan to preserve and keep your bouquet, you might consider using hydrangeas.

Cons: Hydrangeas can be fragile and dislike the heat.  To avoid drooping, keep your bouquet in water as much and as long as possible.

Photo: Matchbook Magazine

Floral Inspiration: Ranunculus

Native to Asia and celebrated for its bright beauty, the ranunculus is available in nearly every color, from white to pink, red, yellow, and orange.  Often considered as a cost-effective alternative to the rose and the peony, the lush, multipetaled bloom is actually a relative of the buttercup — that little flower you might have picked and held close to your chin as a child — and stands just as well on its own as it does as an accent.

Season: Late fall to early spring.

Meaning: You are radiant with charm, attractive.

Pros: The sturdy stem and hardy flower of the ranunculus make it a popular choice for wedding arrangements.  Once cut, ranunculus can last up to a week, making it an ideal pick for both bouquets and centerpieces.

Ranunculus comes in many colors, and is pretty in bouquets at all levels of openness, from a tight bloom to a fully open flower.

Cons: Because there is only one flower on each stem, and the flowers tend to be small, many stems will be needed in each bouquet.  Unless, that is, you use the ranunculus as an accent flower.

The ranunculus can be wire-wrapped, but prefers to be in water and may begin to droop by the end of the night without it.

Photo: Once Wed