Lots of colour and texture from September 2016’s cut flower of the month:  the dahlia! The dahlia’s most eye-catching feature is its petals: sometimes evenly coloured, but often noticeably bright with spots or lines. Some flowers have a single row of petals, others have dozens – this fabulous flower has an incredible number of colour and shape variations! For example, the petals can be round, elongated or rolled. Dahlias can reach a height of 1.5 metres and a flower… Read more »

The flower plant of the month for August is a perennial favourite due to it’s huge blooms and range of colours:  hydrangea!   In the first half of the year you see red, pink, purple, white, green and blue hydrangeas, as well as hydrangeas which combine several colours. In the second half of the year there are the ‘colour-changed’ flowers. These hydrangeas have a green/dark red/brown tone and are good for drying. These are actually flowers that the grower has… Read more »

  The cut flower for July is full of impact with it’s height and bright colours:  gladiolus!   The gladiolus offers a double treat: flowers in beautiful bright colours, fantastic petals or bicoloured blends bloom on both sides of the long stem. The flowers come in white, red, yellow, pink, purple, orange, cream and innumerable combinations of colour per flower. There are both single flowered and double flowered varieties. This floral hero rises high from late spring until deep in… Read more »

My favourite flower for 2015/16 is Sweet William.  Sweet William is a dianthus and has the same strength and long vase life of his big sister the carnation.  Great value as it is often grown outdoors, it is on the market throughout the summer and is at home in a jam jar or a bridal bouquet, bringing it’s sweet little charm to all arrangements.  Lots more Sweet William inspiration on our Pinterest board!

The trees are no longer bare, we’ve packed away our heavy winter coats, at last summer is upon us! If you’re anything like us, you’re crossing your fingers and toes for another beautiful Irish summer like the last few we’ve had. All this sunshine is making us of dream of summer gatherings, weddings, bouquets and displays inspired by the warmer climates of the southern hemisphere. The beautiful South African protea flower, the Australian royal bluebell, even the eucalyptus hails from down… Read more »

wild flowers

Here at Bloomsday as we dust off the cobwebs and dream about the warmer months ahead, we can’t help but think of what flower trends are big for spring and summer weddings in 2015. When it comes to your spring/summer wedding, there’s often a big emphasis on the flowers…but of course! With much more choice from springtime onwards, there’s really no excuse to neglect this very important area of your wedding planning. And we might be biased, but it’s the… Read more »

We are in the height of the peony season at the moment, any late May, June, or early July 2014 brides may want to pay attention! Especially loving the big, blousy, single flowering coral coloured peonies which are super trendy this year. We are doing lots of colour pop coral bouquets, but the pale pinks and white peonies are still as popular as ever. Check out our peony board over at Pinterest where we’ve collected all these amazing images. Also… Read more »

Beautiful images by photographer Lisa O’Dwyer of the Tipperary wedding of Bo and Talbot we did a couple of weeks ago (you saw her bouquets and buttonholes in our last post)…just stunning!  It’s really hard to get good photos of church flowers and she captured them perfectly, love all the detail.  Thanks to Bo and Lisa for sharing the photos! See more photos at Lisa’s blog!

We did a beautiful wedding a couple of weeks ago, in the Bayview Hotel in Ballycotton, Co. Cork.  The bride loved our vintage style ‘collection’ table centres, but wanted to use china, crystal, and silver vases, along with some of our little collaged jars.  I suggested that we line the tables with a selection of antique linens and doilies that we have here in the shop, to complement the pretty, ‘granny’s dining room’ feel. The Bayview has a lovely atmosphere,… Read more »