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May flower inspiration

We are with Jay Archer this morning, she has once again completely blown me away by her floristry. I love her use of colour and structure. Here is a little guide to May flowers (sorry its a few days in to June) and how you can veer away from the pastel theme of late spring-early summer. 

May is an exciting time in the flower world, if a little challenging! It’s hard to promise brides certain flowers as they can be quite unpredictable; English roses are trickling through, ranunculus are all but finished, anemones are supposed to be over but I saw loads at market last week! English stocks are at their best right now, Solomon seal is around for a few short weeks and scabious has even made an appearance- but that really is early! One thing that are fool-proof this time of year, are peonies… everyone goes mad for them, but let us not forget oxeye daisies, foxgloves, wallflowers and cow parsley. 

Moving away from the lilac and neutrals of Spring, May generally sees more colourful wedding palette choices, with brigher pinks, yellows and blues. One colour way which seems to be growing in popularity but has often been over-looked, is red and pink. Many think of red as too harsh for this time of year, a little Christmas-like even. However, paired with the right foliage tones- fresh greens, no silvers or dark greens- and playfully softened with pink, red is an absolute treat. Here’s some seasonal faves:

1st Riot

1st Riot







4 Bottlebrush


5 Campion


6 Dicentra King of Hearts

Dicentra King of Hearts

7 Foxgloves


8 Honeysuckle


9 London Pride

London Pride

10 Peonies


11 Sage


12 Sweet pea

Sweet Pea

13 Sweet Williams

Sweet Williams

14 Mixed


I love the moodiness of this shot, and yet how vibrant the peachy foxgloves and pink peonies look… the vivid green, lemon scented mollucella- or Bells of Ireland- lifts the arrangement, and the asparagus fern adds a whimsy effect

15 Large arrangment 16 Large close 2

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