Monday, March 16, 2015

Inspiration Pictures from Pinterest-- Seasonal Blooming Branches

The power of Pinterest does have many advantages.  One advantage is that some recently popular flower types have become more readily available all year round to meet the growing demand of popular looks demonstrated on the site and others like it.  Examples of this include hydrangea, peonies, and dahlias.  In past years, these flower types had defined growing seasons and were only available certain months of the year.  Now, it is steadily becoming more commonplace for us to see them in all seasons of the year.  However, this trend is not as common for some blooms, especially blooming branches.  Though there are more individual farms that cultivate and grow blooming trees/shrubs, they are a commodity that still heavily relies on mother nature versus climate controlled greenhouses to reach blooming maturity.  Here is one of our more popular Pinterest inspirations that includes blooming branches:

As with most of the images on Pinterest, this centerpiece is stunning.  We love it and wish we could do this every month of the year!  However, (you knew it was coming) these blooming branches are really only available in the spring months.  The exact weeks/months will vary year to year due to weather factors.  For instance, if an early spring freeze occurs in one region, all the flower buds on the blooming branches at several farms may be wiped out.  The remaining branches at other farms will then be in high demand due to lack of supply.  Likewise, a warmer than normal spring can also be a challenge.  Though we all like a warm week in early spring, it can cause premature blooming in whole crops of branches.  If it warms up enough, trees will bud and bloom in a very truncated period of time, causing a shortened blooming branch season.  This would be bad news for someone hoping for blooming branches in mid-May for instance.

So, here are some thoughts about achieving this design without the blooming branches.  As we have mentioned in previous blogs, a good designer can find ways to mimic a look without the exact blooms.  Take a glance at the shot with several of the blooming branch pieces in one room: 

This image gives a very soft, ethereal-looking sense to the space.  A similar vessel and non-blooming branches could be used with the same base of hydrangea at the opening of the vase.  Then, tall, linear flowers could be incorporated into the branches to soften the whole arrangement and mimic the blooming branches.  The overall look and feel would be very similar and would have applications far beyond the spring months.  

As with any inspiration picture, flexibility is key to achieving the same general feeling.  Don't become discouraged if the blooms in your favorite photo are out of season for your wedding.  Just be willing to take suggestions about how to make the next best thing available your new favorite.

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