I know I’ve been MIA for almost a month…between getting a new job and doing some work for Oregon Bride Magazine, time (and energy) seems to be hard to find. But don’t fret, I am back. And still dedicated to finding and reporting on all things chic and cheap! So since it is now October (again, where does the time go?!), I thought I’d provide you with the 411 on the flowers blooming in October, which also equal the flowers that will be the cheapest during this month. So, without further ado….
One of the primary flowers of October is the mum. Although most mums are fairly similar in make-up, there are actually 13 key types that you may wish to employ in wedding designs. The key differences across mums are the size of the flower itself (in both fullness and diameter) and the petals.
The Spider Mum is a unique flower within the Mum family. Each stem has a single head with long, tubular outer petals and a bulb-like center. Resembling an exploding firework, spider mums are sure to bring excitement to any wedding bouquet, table centerpiece or flower arrangement.
The Anemone is also called the Windflower,and Lily-of-the-Field. The name is derived from the Greek word ‘anemos’ meaning ‘wind’. In Roman times Pliny wrote that the anemone flower was opened by the wind. The flowers of the taller types are carried on long, wiry stems and nod gracefully in a breeze. Anemone flowers come in vibrant shades of red, pink, blue, purple, and white, and have a dark center, sometimes ringed with white. But a white Anemone flower usually has a yellow-green center.
October is also a prime month for lilies. While typically thought of as a spring flower, properly tended lilies have a second bloom season in the first blush of cool weather after the summertime heat. For a majority of the United States, this means that these classically beautiful flowers will be available to the October bride.
Though not typically seen in wedding arrangements, this fall season flower has one of the widest color ranges of any garden annual. Included in the wide color range are red, purple, blue, bronze, pink, black, yellow, white, lavender, orange, apricot and mahogany. the flowers may be of a single color or have two or three colors with a face. The plant itself is compact, not more than 9 inches in both height and spread, and bears many stems. the medium green, coarsely notched leaves are oval or heart-shaped. Pansies would make a beautiful and unique addition to your floral arrangements.
Also a garden flower, the snapdragon is known for its wispy jaw-like upper and lower petals. A single stem averages 10-15 of these unique blooms, which are grouped closely together giving the impression of a single lengthy flower. They come in a varietry of colors and would heighten any wedding bouquet, table centerpiece or flower arrangement.
These whimsical flowers come in an assortment of colors and sizes that would look fantastic at your fall wedding. From reds, oranges, and yellows to white, pinks, and blues, they are sure to match any color scheme.
Chinese Lantern Plant
OK, this plant is so cool. I think it would look amazing in an October/November centerpiece. This fruit-laden plant gets its name from the calyx, the balloon-like, papery, red covering over the fruit, which resembles a Chinese paper lantern. To use in arrangements, simple hang the plants upside down to dry the flowers and voila! They last for a long time, so they would be great home decorations or used for craft projects after your event!
So, to all of you October brides, take advantage of the beautiful flowers and plants in season this month. They’ll not only look beautiful, they’ll save you some major cash. sounds like a win-win to me!