The Q&A Archives: Wedding Flowers

Question: I have a girlfriend who is getting married June 19, 1998 and she wants to grow her own flowers. What do you suggest for this time of year to force indoors, and how many weeks should we allow for them to be at their peak?

Answer: Unfortunately, I doubt you'll find bulbs anywhere at this time of year that are suitable for forcing, and if you did, I wouldn't count on them being reliable. Fortunately, there are other options. A coworker of mine started pansies in pots and used them as table decorations at her wedding, but she has a greenhouse! You could purchase pansies in six-packs at a local garden center at that time of year and pot them up for centerpieces. Another friend trained english ivy cuttings in pot to small, heart-shaped wire topiary (you could fashion them from wire hangers!). A combination of ivy AND pansies would be delightful! <br><br>Flowers for a wedding bouquet are another matter. I don't think you have enough time to have suitable flowers blooming bymid-June. You may want to try sweet peas, since they sprout early and make beautiful, fragrant bouquets, but for such an occasion, it sounds risky.<br><br>If you want to pursue these ideas, and need further direction, write us again through the Q&A page.Hope it's a wonderful wedding!

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