A GERBERA DAISEY WEDDING. . .Care for new flowers.
Colorful Bridal Bouquets
Gerbera daisies also known as transvaal daisies are members of the sunflower family and named after the German botanist Traugott Gerber. It’s a popular cut flower because of a large variety of colors and its hardiness.
When my client contacted me she made it clear she wanted nothing in her wedding other than gerberas, which is a first for me. In over fifteen years I’ve never had a wedding with only one variety of flowers.
This week I received l60 multi colored gerbera daisies for a wedding on Sunday from a group in Charlotte that I used in California before moving to North Carolina. You could say they are flower providers for the stars because they furnish a lot of flowers to big celebrity events in Hollywood and Los Angeles
With the three bridesmaids dressed in clover green we decided that each bridesmaid would have a different color combination. One girl will carry only red and light pink, the second girl yellow and orange and the third peach and hot pink and every bouquet will be hand tied with two colors of chiffon ribbon.
The bridal bouquet is larger and a combination of at least ten different colors, hand tied with ivory satin and faux pearl studs. It’s always good to keep the bridal bouquet looking different from the bridesmaids, not only in size but color. There were so many flowers I made two bridal bouquets, one bright colors, the other soft pastels. She can choose.
Gerberas have large heavy heads, and porous stems that sometimes do not support the heads very well. The best care for them is to immediately cut their stems, put them in room temperature water and with chicken wire over the buckets each gerbera head can rest on the wire to keep the stems straight. Once they have hydrated, (about 45 minutes) move them into the floral cooler to harden, with their heads held in place. This process should keep the heads from bending over, if not, a fine green wire can be inserted into the stem and up into the head for support.
Gerbera is also important commercially as it is the fifth most used cut flower in the world following such popular flowers as roses. I’m showing some pieces we did for this wedding in the adjacent photos.
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