Updated: Sep 12
If you're planning on designing your own wedding bouquet and centrepieces maybe you should consider having a look around your garden to see if there is anything in there that you can incorporate into your DIY wedding flowers display.
Scabiosa - August 'flower in the spotlight'
I find Scabiosa flowers both beautiful and elegant. Some of the blooms remind me of pastel coloured snowflakes.
If you're blessed enough to have Scabiosa growing in your garden and your wedding is booked to take place during the summer months then you're in luck.
SOME SCABIOSA FACTS
It's known by other names such as Scabious or pin cushion flower.
It's known as Scabiosa due to it's connection with the skin problem Scabies. Centuries ago it was used to help treat the condition.
Why Pin Cushion? Purely because on closer inspection you'll see that the centre of the flower does look like one.
7 REASONS YOU SHOULD BE USING SCABIOSA
IN YOUR WEDDING BOUQUET
YOU'RE PLANNING A SUMMER WEDDING
Scabiosa flowers are available from July to October
YOU WANT TO GIVE YOUR WEDDING BOUQUET A COUNTRY FEEL
Scabiosa is a meadow flower. It's natural habitat is apparently 'sheep grazed' land.
YOU NEED TO GIVE A DELICATE AND AIRY FEEL TO YOUR BOUQUET
Their delicately frilled petals and dainty long, slender stems will enable you to achieve this look effortlessly.
YOUR WEDDING COLOUR SCHEME INCLUDES PASTEL COLOURS
Scabiosa comes in some lovely subtle pastel colours such as lilac, pink and blue as well as white.
YOU CARE ABOUT THE LOCAL POLLINATORS
Bees and Butterflies can't resist Scabiosa flowers.
THERE IS AN ADDED BONUS WITH SCABIOSA
When they are done flowering they gift you with an equally beautiful seedpod which can be used in your Autumn floral displays.
THE SCABIOSA FLOWER REPRESENTS TRUE LOVE
THESE ARE SMALL FLOWERS PACKED WITH TEXTURE
They are not the biggest flowers, but they make up for that with their beauty.
Add tons of soft texture to your Hydrangea and rose bouquets simply by combining them with several Scabiosa.
MORE HINTS AND TIPS
This flower will look equally as brilliant in your table centrepieces as it will in your bouquets.
Try grouping a cluster of glass vases in differing shapes and sizes on your wedding tables, then place Scabiosa stems in each.
Remember you can mix both pastels and stronger colours of them together (There are some beautiful rich pink and deep plum varieties available).Then stand back and admire your striking display.
As I mentioned earlier Scabiosa grows naturally in meadows, therefore I'm sure you won't be surprised when I tell you this flower works well with grasses.
If you need a bouquet with lots of texture, try to include flowers such as Veronica and Astrantia, among your bigger blooms. The slender stems of the Astrantia will definitely add some nice subtle movement.
If you are planning on including this flower in your bouquet be warned you will need to treat this bloom gently.
You could probably say it is as delicate as it looks, though with the correct handling the rewards are absolutely stunning.
Before you use any fresh flowers in a bouquet, please be sure to condition them. Even if you are cutting them fresh from your garden you still need to give them flower food and allow them to have a good drink before doing any work with them.
Remember to use a clean, sharp instrument to cut the stems.
Cut early in the morning and not in the heat of the day.
FOR MORE TIPS WHEN WORKING WITH CUT FLOWERS SEE
If you don't have any Scabiosa growing in your garden yet and your wedding is planned for next year or the year after, then you have plenty of time to stock your garden in readiness for your big day.
Give them plenty of sunshine, don't over water and make sure the soil is not too acidic.
Trust me it will save you money and your garden will look stunning!
PC Creations Leeds wishes you every success with your wedding planning.