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Summer Of Blooms

image                                            Natural Vibrant Bliss

Summer is a wonderful time for flowers, yet many gardens start to look bare of color or simply wilt when the summer heat strikes. That’s because gardeners often plant for a spring flush. Those flowers that bloom in spring fade off by summer because the extra heat does not suit them.

Yet there are many beautiful blooms that come into their own with that extra summer heat, so adding these to your planting will keep your garden looking a riot of color throughout summer. 

I recently ordered some seed discs to plant in my outside planters. 


A seed disc is packed with a variety of seeds, and the paper pulp that surrounds them allows for easy - low maintenance germination. Simply place the disc in your container, cover with 1” of soil, then water. It’s that easy!


Seed discs can save you time. They are much easier to use than handling and sowing small and fiddly seeds and because the seeds are pre-spaced out for you, there is a lot less thinning out of seedlings to do, meaning you save more time and waste fewer seeds  


With a little planning you can have beautiful blooms that come into their own with that extra summer heat. Seed discs are available for both annual and perennials. Both annuals and perennials bloom beautifully in the summer heat so choose some of each. (Seed discs are available on  Amazon or Etsy).

Annuals must be planted every year as their name suggests. They are usually only good for one season, so require a bit more work. But occasionally you will get an annual to come up the second year. Sunflowers, cosmos, salvia and marigolds are favorite annuals for summer flowers. Snow in summer; coxcomb and the globe amaranth are three less common flowers that thrive in the heat of summer, while angelonia, perilla and the sun coleus also make good choices.

Perennials are those plants that last for more than one season. Some last for two years, while other types last for several years - or are permanent. If you choose perennials with a long blooming season you will get more enjoyment out of them. Not all perennials are as showy as annuals, but some, like azaleas are a mass of bloom, albeit for a short period of a few weeks.

image                                                         Astilbe

Longer blooming perennials include Astilbe, purple coneflower, Gaillardia, Rudbeckia and various daylilies - but there are many more. Many times you can cut perennials back after the first bloom and they will bloom again. Tradescantia, perennial geraniums, salvias and veronicas will do this.

If you have a fence or trellis to cover, you could add some of those fantastic flowering vines for lush summer flowers. Black-eyed Susie with its cheerful orange flowers and jet black eyes will brighten up any garden, while the blue/mauve trumpets of the morning glory vine add a lovely blue haze. The night blooming moonflower will fill your garden with a glorious fragrance - there are many more to delight the heart of every gardener.

***  For more information on ordering Custom Seed Discs please visit Natural Vibrant Bliss or Amazon

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If you consider yourself a novice at working with flowers but you’d like to learn how make a bouquet for your wedding (you can do it!!) there are two tips I can give you:

1) Make your bouquet in a vase first. This will make it much easier for you to manage and will allow you to step back and see how you’re liking it.

2) Choose a big bloom to make up the majority of your bouquet and then just a few smaller bits to bring some life and personality into the equation. Tree peonies, like the ones we used above, are definitely more expensive and harder to get but they are so amazing on their own that you don’t have to do much of anything else to them to make a beautiful bouquet. They will make your job SO much easier!


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Pros & Cons Of Popular Wedding Flowers

Ah, the language of flowers … 

What are the most popular wedding flowers? There are many articles out there talking about everyone’s favorite flowers, but very few hit on the pros and cons of each one. So I contacted the premiere Vancouver Florist  Flowers on 1st for some flower advice.


         image                                                         Gerbera Daisy Centerpiece

Gerbera Daisies are always an excellent choice; they add simplicity to the bouquet and are available in a vast array of colors. They represent purity and innocence and are considered a flower for all occasions.

Uses: They can be used for both centerpieces and bouquets. You can have a few long stems in a vase or create a low compact arrangement using their wide petals to cover the spaces in between for a dramatic effect.

Pros: Daisies are very versatile, and affordable. Plus, they can be used for both formal and informal events.

Cons: Daisies work well with wires from inside the stem but don’t hold up well when wire wrapped.


             image                                                        White Rose Arrangement

The all time favorite wedding flower! Available in many colors all of which have special meaning: white means purity and innocence, red means love and passion, pink means happiness, and yellow means friendship.

             image                                                            Pink Rose Bouquet

Uses: Roses can be used in all your wedding florals from the corsages and boutonnieres, to the bouquets and centerpieces. They can be mixed with other flowers or left to stand alone and can be used in tall arrangements as well as low compact ones.

Pros: They are long lasting, sturdy, fragrant, and are just big enough to be seen without being overwhelming.

Cons: Roses that are still closed are not quite at their best yet those that are too open look sloppy. They have to be opened just enough to be at their most beautiful.


          image                                                             Tulip Arrangement

This perfect spring flower is available in almost any color you can imagine. Just like roses, tulips, too, carry special meaning depending on their color: ivory or cream tulips mean “love you forever”, red reflects a “declaration of love” and yellow means “hopelessly in love”.

Uses: They make excellent bridal party bouquets and beautiful centerpieces.

Pros: They work well with almost all flowers and are long lasting.

Cons: They don’t do well when wire wrapped so they should always be hand tied into bouquets. For this reason, they do not work well as corsages or boutonnieres but make great bridal bouquets and centerpieces.


          image                                                          Pink Orchid Arrangement

This is a tropical flower which brings an exotic yet elegant look to your floral bouquets. Orchids are available in many dramatic colors and with so many varieties to choose from, you can take the look from simply exotic to downright striking.

Uses: Orchids mixed with softer flowers like roses and lilies add interest to a bouquet or arrangement. They also look great alone or you can add some simple green foliage for a modern approach. Orchids make great hair accessories, too. One or two stems are all you need to create a stunning bridal hair look.

Pros: Orchids add sophistication and elegance to any affair.

Cons: These flowers are temperamental; so, following the temperature and handling instructions when making your own orchid arrangements is vital.


          image                                                    White Calla Lily Arrangement

These flowers are known for their elegance and variety of color, like white, orange, yellow and burgundy. Calla lilies are perfect for weddings because their trumpet like appearance looks as though they are heralding the union. 

These long, trumpet-shaped beauties are an exquisite choice for a formal black and white color scheme

Uses: They can be used alone to create stunning bridal party bouquets or table centerpieces but they also work well in arrangements with other flowers, like roses.

Pros: No filler flowers are required to make a calla lily bouquet stand out as this is the perfect stand alone flower. A do-it-yourselfer’s dream, simply tie a white sheer ribbon around 5 or more calla lilies and voila! Easy and elegant.

Cons: Calla Lilies are extremely unforgiving if handled incorrectly. They mark easily and show signs of wear and tear when mishandled.



                                     Pink Carnation Arrangement

Carnations are this years comeback bloom. Subtly scented, frilly as tutus, and found in every shade imaginable, carnations are becoming a popular wedding flower once again. 

Uses: Look great when used in tight clusters for monograms, pomanders, centerpieces, and boutonnieres.


Available in many colors 
Available year round in standard and mini 
Hold up well in and out of water 
Hold up well in heat for summer outdoor weddings 
Very Inexpensive 

Cons: Some people associate carnations with being cheap - (Personally I disagree….I love carnations!)


          image                                                         Blue Flower Arrangement

Hydrangeas are very popular for their volume; their clusters of flowers give the illusion of many flowers bunched together. Blue is the most popular variety but they are also available in pink and white.

Uses: perfect for monochromatic bouquets or arrangements. They can easily be used for the bridal party bouquets or for the centerpieces, with other flowers or alone.

Pros: hydrangeas are very sturdy and can last a long time out of water. They are also beautiful when dried; so, if you are looking for flowers that you can preserve, the hydrangea is your best bet! Plus, they are available almost all year long and they work well with most flowers!

Cons: their versatility is limited to bouquets and arrangements as they are not suitable in boutonnieres or corsages.

*** A very special Thank you to Flowers on 1st for inspiring this blog and allowing us to use their beautiful flower photos.

Flowers on 1st is a premiere Vancouver florist and can help you plan the wedding of your dreams. 

Give them a call today: 604-558-0303, or Toll  Free: 1-877-558-0303

For a floral consultation you can visit their store located in Kitsilano at 1855 W.1st Ave, Vancouver British Columbia.

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DIY Peony Wedding Bouquet

Bouquet Recipe:

  • 3-4 stems of pink peonies (we used “Felix Crousse” variety) 
  • 3-5 stems of Viburnum (aka “green snowballs”)
  • 3-5 stems of white Sweet Peas
  • 2-3 stems of purple waxflower (filler flower)

How To Make This Bouquet

First strip the foliage from the peonies and arrange them stem by stem in your hand into the bouquet shape that you want.

Then fill in around them with all of the other flowers.

I left some of the viburnum leaves to add some green to the bouquet and tucked in the waxflower where the bouquet needed a little pop of purple. 

When working with Sweet Peas, you’ll need to be gentle with the blooms as they are delicate and can bruise easily.

Once you have the composition the way you like it, just tie everything together with floral tape and then use ribbon of your choice to wrap the stems (I used a green satin ribbon).  Voila! You have a beautiful and simple bouquet that anyone can easily put together.

The colors in this bouquet would work well if your wedding colors include pinks, greens and lavender or purple.

***A special Thank You to Flower Muse for sharing this DIY Wedding Bouquet Tutorial with us.


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Airy, cloudlike, and delicate, baby’s breath (real name: gypsophila) is not just for filler! Inexpensive and long-lasting, baby’s breath is perfect for DIY projects and other made-ahead decor. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite ways to use baby’s breath in your wedding or party.

Gorgeous baby’s breath chandeliers 

For a variation on the chandelier, how about pomanders? String them throughout your outdoor or tented reception.

Never has baby’s breath been so elegant as seen in these gorgeous escort card drawers.

Fluffy baby’s breath is an absolutely perfect choice for creating beautiful wreaths to grace your venue doors.


An adorable hand-stamped muslin bag is the perfect holder for a baby’s breath chair sachet.

Your flower girl couldn’t look any sweeter! Ribbons and baby’s breath combine to form a beautiful crown.


I absolutely adore this large, fluffy bridesmaid’s bouquet.

Interspersed with vibrant sunflowers in glass vases, baby’s breath make lovely centerpieces.

Monograms are ever-classic, and these DIY baby’s breath monograms only take 20 minutes each! Make them in mini for delicate table numbers!

Baby’s breath boutonnieres are oh-so-chic on classic blue suits for a daytime wedding!


Use bobby pins to tuck sprigs of baby’s breath in your hair for a sweet touch perfect for a garden wedding.

Fluffy baby’s breath will add a magical touch to your aisle.


A wreath of baby’s breath makes the perfect base for your centerpiece of candles, or even in larger scale at the base of your cake!

Baby’s Breath looks lovely on a dessert table.

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Not only is lavender thought to bring good luck to marriages, but it’s also a symbol of undying love and devotion. When it comes to incorporating this fragrant bloom into your wedding, the possibilities are endless. Add a sprig to each guest’s place setting, work it into your bouquet or serve up lavender-infused mojitos as the signature cocktail of the night.


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Guest Blog Lia Griffith

Last Christmas, a designer friend of mine introduced me to making the paper poinsettia from a cocktail napkin. I loved this idea, and after a few tweaks and a glitter addition, I love it even more. I now call it my 30 second gift topper. I have made a step-by-step tutorial below and promise after a few tries, you will have it down to 30 seconds too. This would be very pretty in white or even gold or silver napkins. Give that a try! Cheers! ~ Lia

* A Very Special Thank You To Lia Griffith. You can see more of her great projects at her Etsy Lia Griffith Shop 

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6 Pretty Flowers And Their Symbolic Meanings

Instead of simply grabbing the nicest thing at the supermarket, pick a bouquet with a message. 


Symbolism: Bashfulness


White Rose

Symbolism: Purity



Symbolism: Fantastic extravagance



Symbolism: New beginnings


Red Tulip

Symbolism: Declaration of love



Symbolism: Radiant with charm


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DIY: Mini Floral Place Settings

These floral minis are a sweet and unique way to incorporate fresh flowers into your reception décor.


They’re fairly easy to make and can double as favors. Imagine how pretty they’d be situated on top of each place setting!


  • Scissors
  • Floral foam 
  • Small vessel or decorative bowl
  • One large bowl filled with water
  • Hydrangeas and other fresh flowers with small to medium size blooms

Step One:
Cut down a piece of floral foam to fit snug inside the vessel or small, decorative bowl.

Step Two:
Once the foam has been cut to size, drop it into a large bowl of water and let it sink to the bottom. After letting it soak for about a minute, place it back into the small vessel, and begin cutting down your fresh flowers. Each stem should be cut at a sharp angle to ensure it can pierce through the foam.
Step Three:
Starting in the center and working your way out, begin adding short stems of hydrangea clusters to the arrangement.
Step Four:
Once the entire bowl is filled, add additional flowers and fillers. Depending on where they are placed, some stems will need to be slightly longer than others. Add finishing touches with your favorite blooms and fill areas that look sparse.

Styling Tip:
When the seasons change, so does floral availability. Just remember, hydrangeas are a key factor for keeping this project simple. The stems are nice and hearty and hold the surrounding florals in place.
These miniature arrangements can also be displayed on a place card table with paper flag table numbers or dispersed with small votive candles along the center of a long banquet table.

 * Photos By: Brittni Mehlhoff 

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DIY: Flower Dyed Thank You Notes

Guest Blog: 


What to do with the once-glorious wedding garlands and bouquets after the big day? When they sadly begin to wilt, you can plunder those bouquets for the natural colorants to dye your thank- you cards! We used yarrow, marigold, and hollyhock to give these notecards a wash of delicate hues and confetti marks.



• white notecards – look for 100% cotton or watercolor paper • masking fluid
• alum (aluminum sulfate or potassium aluminum sulfate)
• flowers, see below

• tray – enamel tray, lipped baking pan, or plastic bin • rolling pin or empty wine bottle


Many plants and flowers contain the natural dye colorants, notably those with the species name “tinctoria” following their genus name. Here are some of the many options:


Black Hollyhock Daffodil
Garland Chrysanthemum Golden Marguerite Goldenrod
Lady’s Mantle
Queen Anne’s Lace Russian Sage
Yellow Cosmos


Using a stencil or your best calligraphic hand, write out your message on each card using masking fluid and a paintbrush.

Fill the tray with warm water, measuring as you go. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons alum per quart of water, stirring to dissolve. Submerge the notecards in the water one at a time, making sure there are no air bubble between them. Let stand for 20 minutes.

Fill a pot with the same quantity of water and bring to a boil. Remove the cards from the alum bath, and empty the tray. Scatter a layer of flower petals, whole blossoms, and leaves in the bottom of the tray, gently crushing them between your hands as you go. Cover this with a layer of notecards, and continue layering plants and notecards until the tray is full, ending with plants. Run the rolling pin over the contents to further crush the plants, releasing their dye.

Carefully pour the pot of hot water into the tray until the cards are covered, and watch as the color blossoms! Allow the dye bath to cool, 1 hour or overnight.

Remove the notecards from the bath one at a time, gently swishing though a pot of clear water to remove any plant material (though stubborn bits will easily come off when the cards are dry). Lay the cards out on a trash bag to dry, and when they are just barely still wet stack them beneath books to dry flat. Remove the masking fluid with your finger or an eraser.






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This soft, romantic rose and  ranunculus bouquet would be perfect for an antique inspired wedding.

Bouquet Recipe

Print out the photo and take the recipe to your local florist to have this pink, peach and orange bouquet recreated.

Pink, Peach And Orange Bouquet Recipe

  • 4 Stems White Adromeda Flower
  • 3 Stems Peach Spray Roses
  • 6 Stems Peach Stock
  • 3 Orange Ranunculus
  • 4 Pink Ranunculus
  • 4 Stems (Caramel Anteke) Garden Roses
  • 5 Stems Mini Red Leucadendron Pods
  • 8 Stems Leptospermum Scoparium


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