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Winter Flowers: The Bridal Bible of the Best Seasonal Blooms

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This week floral style blogger, Kyla Helgeson, guides us through this seasons blooms, the best winter flowers for weddings and all occasions.

Oh, baby it’s cold outside! It feels like we’ve been thrown head first into winter this year, there seemed to be no gradual change from summer, autumn and now winter. One day it seemed warm the next it’s simply freezing. I do love every season throughout the year, warm summer nights, autumn leaves in the hills and winter for me is all about home cooking, spending time with my children for cosy cuddles and of course the winter flowers! It is one of my favourite times of the year for flowers.

So this week I wanted to delve into the types of wedding flowers available in winter, mostly because I am inspired by this time of year, with sweet peas, hyacinths, stocks, tulips, helleborus and blushing bride all making an appearance. Also, for many winter brides searching online for inspiration it can be confusing as to the winter blooms that are available in Australia with European and American inspiration thrown in the mix. So here is the bridal bible of my favourite seasonal winter flowers Australia.

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Winter Flowers | Floral Design by Forever Cole Events | Image by Peyton Rainey Photography

Hyacinth

The hyacinth flower grows from a bulb that produces four to six tall straight leaves and one to three spikes of flowers. On each large flower spike there are many little florets. These florets can be wired (very carefully) and used in buttonholes, corsages, flower circlets and other intricate designs.

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Hyacinth Buttonhole | Floral Design by Green And Bloom | Photography by
Byron Loves Fawn

The whole larger spike can also be used in wedding bouquets as a great focal point flower. As you can see in this bouquet example below by Kae And Ales, a bouquet of all hyacinth is simply divine. These beautiful blooms are available in white, blue, pink, purple, peach and lemon tones. When buying hyacinth for home, they are often sold in bunches of four stems. They are sometimes sold with the bulb still attached and you can leave them like this as they will last longer, or you can cut off the bulb and clean the stems of any excess soil. For longevity, recut the stems and keep changing the water every other day.

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Hyacinth Bouquet | Styling & Floral Design by Kae And Ales | Image by Maria Lamb

Sweet Peas

I adore sweet peas, simply adore them! They hold so many personal precious memories for me. My Mum and I would plant them together in the garden and I would love going and seeing which colours they blossomed to be as they can be a bit of pot luck. Mum used to affectionately call me sweet pea and now I find myself calling my daughter sweet pea too.

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Sweet Peas | Image by Bradley James Photography

As cut flowers they are gorgeous in hand-tied posies and perfect for wedding bouquets. They have soft delicate blooms that gives a romantic ruffled style. Plus the colour range of sweet peas is extensive and amazing, from a divine cream with a purple edge, through to pinks, mauves, purples and reds. They add a softness to a bouquet or floral design when scattered through and mixed with other seasonal blooms. How gorgeous is this bouquet by Bows and Arrows?

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Sweet Pea Mixed Bouquet | Floral Design by Bows and Arrows | Photography by Ryan Ray Photography

Stocks

Another personal favourite winter flower of mine is stocks. This also comes from my mother as she used to tell me how when I was born (a winter babe in August) she was given stocks and her hospital room was filled with their sweet woody scent. Every year I try and give my Mum a bunch of the first seasons stock, which reminds me, I better get to the markets!

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Stock Flower | Floral Design by Simply Bouquets | Image by Josh Gruetzmacher Photography

Stocks are a great flower to use in winter weddings, as a feature in a bouquet or to place through table centres and larger arrangements. They have a very thick tall stem so just a few can make a great impact. Through out the season their size and quality does range, so look for tall thick stems and check the freshness by looking at the florets. You can tell when a stock is coming to it’s end as the flowers discolour, turning brown and mushy or slimy just like rotten fruit.

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Stock Table Centerpiece | Floral Design by The Flower Post | Image by Kaitie Bryant Photography

 

Helleborus

The hues that can be found in helleborus are so divine, muted tones of white (although not a pure white), green, dusty pink, mauve, maroon and even black. What I love about these blooms most is they look like they have been hand painted, with contrasting speckles, veins and blended colours. They can be found in winter gardens as a low-growing plant.

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Hellebore Flowers | Image via Floret Flowers

As a cut flower they are delicate and have a short vase life of only a few days. Perfect for the most special day of all, for wedding bouquets they add a point of interest as a unique accent flower with their buttercup blooms and work really well scattered loosely through garden posies. I am absolutely in love with the tones in this floral design by Sarah Winward.

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Seasonal Hellebore Bouquet | Floral Design by Honey of a Thousand Flowers, Floral Designs by Sarah Winward | Image by Chikae O.H.

Tulips

I have to admit, I have a love-hate relationship with tulips. They are so beautiful, especially the parrot tulip varieties which I love. But did you know, they are a flower that continues to grow in stem length even after it has been cut! For this reason, I sometimes think of them as naughty children, as you try to put them in place in an arrangement, only to see the next day they have grown wild and are finding their own path. They naturally tend to bend and ‘fall over’ too, so they are best enjoyed from a higher viewpoint like a mantle, for example, then you can look up into their gorgeous throats.

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Tulips | Image by Brooke Images

For weddings, tulips can be used as a tight compact posy bouquet like the example below. Posies like these can work well in simple vessels for a table centerpiece as well. Tulips are great flowers to also submerge inside a round fishbowl or cylinder glass vase filled with water. If you want the blooms tight, order only a few days before your wedding/event, enough for them to start showing colour but not fully open.

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Tulip Posy | Image by Jose Villa Photography

They are also pretty displayed in their natural carefree form, like this example by Kathleen Deery Design. Either way, they look beautiful and are a lovely choice.

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Tulip Table Centerpiece | Floral Design by Kathleen Deery Design | Image by Sylvie Gil Photography

Blushing Bride

Finally, it’s not winter and not a winter wedding without blushing bride. In contrast to some of the other delicate winter blooms, this little flower is a native from South Africa and very long lasting. The blooms are mainly white with slight pink and green hues. They are an interesting little bloom that I love to admire and add great texture to wedding bouquets.

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Blushing Bride | Floral Design by Moon Canyon | Image by Lacie Hansen

In bouquets and other floral arrangements, blushing bride, can add great texture and a point of interest in a design.

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Blushing Bride Bouquet | Floral Design by Saipua | Image by Readyluck

So this winter, rug up and take a walk in your local area or botanical gardens and try and catch some of these gorgeous blooms that will brighten up any day. For brides, there are many pluses to winter weddings, the best being the flower choice is divine!

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Kyla Helgeson is one Australia's top wedding florists operating as The White Orchid Floral Design. Based in Adelaide, South Australia, Kyla has studied in New York and is a former finalist in Tesselaars floristry competition. In 2015 Kyla joined the Tesselaars marketing team as our floral content advisor and has since authored over 50 popular floral style blogs.

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      Thanks Maaike, stay tuned and I’m sure I can put together a handy guide for all the other seasons including summer 🙂

    1. Author

      Hi Linda, yes parrot tulips are available in June, July and August. They can also be available the months either side of winter depending on how long the season lasts, it can vary year to year 🙂

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