Monthly Archives: July 2016

Aisles & Altars

Jenna Lam Events | Jose Villa Photography

Jenna Lam Events | Jose Villa

Vo Floral Design | Tyler Vu Photography

Vo Floral Design | Tyler Vu Photography

Affair with George | Andy Green Images

Affair with George | Andy Green Images

 Sinclair & Moore Events | Belathee Photography

Sinclair & Moore Events | Belathee Photography

Tracy Taylor Ward Events | Roey Yohai photography

Tracy Taylor Events | Roey Yohai Photography

Blush Floral Design Studio | Salwa Photography

Blush Floral Design | Salwa Photography

Kate Farley Design | Svetlana Photography

Kate Farley Design | Svetlana Photography

Botanic-art.de | Ashley Ludaescher Photography

Botanic Art | Ashley Ludaescher Photography

Faith Flowers | Ross Oscar Knight Photography

Faith Flowers | Ross Oscar Knight Photography

Providing Safe Wedding Cake Flowers For Guests

Recently, I had the chance to visit with Houston floral designer Maggie Bailey of Bramble & Bee. Towards the end of our visit, the conversation somehow landed on wedding cake flowers which reminded me of all the emails I’ve received over the years asking about the safety of using certain flowers on cakes eaten by wedding or party guests. Maggie was kind enough to share some pointers with us on determining which flowers are safe to use as cake decorations, as well as her techniques for safe bloom placement…

Maggie Bailey

From Maggie Bailey:

Many of the gorgeous cakes in recent weddings feature clusters of dainty blooms or cascades of dramatic roses! Fresh cut flowers for wedding cake décor has always been popular, but seems to be the norm as of late. To that end, here are some ideas for ensuring that the blooms you use and the way you use them are safe for party guests.

An important factor to consider is that the cut flowers we use for arranging were probably not grown with the intention of being eaten. Likely, there were chemicals used on and around the flowers to aid in various aspects of the growing process. If you’re able to source your flowers from organic growers, then you have one less thing to worry about, but the majority of floral wholesalers are sourcing from farms that do indeed use chemicals in fertilizers and pesticides. So, even if the flower is technically edible, it may not be safe to eat.

Here are some popular wedding flowers which are considered edible:

Edible Flowers

Common blooms that can be potentially poisonous when consumed are:

Potentially Poisonous  Flowers When Consumed

A few tips for flower placement: When designing for the top of the cake or between layers, consider using design trays. When sticking flowers directly into the cake, you can use floral tape to completely wrap the stems. Water tubes or straws (regular or smoothie/extra wide) are great for sticking into the cake and preventing the stems from coming into contact with the cake at all!

Step-By-Step Cake Flower Placement | Maggie Bailey | Bramble and Bee

Thanks for you insights, Maggie! And thank you, Buttercup Bakery, for providing the sweet cake for Maggie’s tutorial images.

Please feel free to chime in and share your techniques and insights on this topic in the comment section. We love to hear from you! We can learn so much from one another.

Happy Weekend. xo

Botanical Brouhaha Expert Discussion Panel: No. 84

Question:

I use garden roses in my designs and love them! Recently, I heard about garden spray roses. Have you used them? If so, what are your favorite varieties?

'Madame Butterfly' Spray Garden Rose | Seattle Wholesale Growers Market

‘Madame Butterfly’ Garden Spray Rose | Seattle Wholesale Grower’s Market

Answers:

‘Marie Romantica’ | Passionflower | Lians Jadan Photography

‘Marie Romantica’ | Passionflower | Lians Jadan Photography

I adore garden spray roses! The heads are a bit smaller, and the stems nod in such a lovely way. I love ‘Marie Romantica’- a icy pale blush with a flat head, and ‘Maria Theresia’- a richer pale pink with tons of ruffles. “Wendy” from Peterkort Roses in Oregon is super special as well- creamy white silver dollar sized heads that open completely flat and lasts forever. I’m not sure she’s technically a “garden spray” but she’s one to have in your back pocket for certain!

‘Marie Romantica’ | Passionflower | Amanda Dumouchelle Photography

‘Marie Romantica’ | Passionflower | Amanda Dumouchelle Photography

Susan McLeary (Passionflower)

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I often design with garden spray roses from Peterkort Roses. My favorites include ‘Wendy’, ‘Surprise’, ‘Mimi Eden’, and ‘Moonstruck’. They are at their best when they are fully open so I keep them out of the cooler until they are at the perfect stage to design with.

Alicia Schwede (Bella Fiori / Flirty Fleurs)

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Go to see a nice selection with images at Green Valley Floral website.  See Artisan Roses – Garden Spray Roses.

Garden Spray Roses Green Valley Floral

Hitomi Gilliam (Design358)

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The finest spray roses come from Peterkort roses in Portland, Oregon. I especially like ‘Maria Theresia’ and ‘Wendy’. You will love the many different varieties they offer. Speak with Norm and get to ordering. They are a very prestigious and famous American grower and one of the last of their kind. They are a beautiful company to work with!!!

Holly Chapple (Holly Heider Chapple Flowers)

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My all time favourite garden spray rose is one called ‘Eden Romantica’. It has various shades of pink, with green guard petals and a beautiful form. It’s amazing and my clients love it!

Clare Day (Clare Day Flowers)

12 Artistic Cascade Bouquets

Affair with George

Affair with George

Amanda Randell | Clare Kinchin Photography

Amanda Randell | Clare Kinchin Photography

Bella Bloom Floral Designs | Willow + Wolf Photography

Bella Bloom Floral Designs | Willow + Wolf

Bows and Arrows | Anna Tereshina Photography

Bows and Arrows | Anna Tereshina Photography

Crimson & Clover

Crimson & Clover

Fleurs Tremolo

Fleurs Tremolo

Fleurish Design Studio | Ballad Photography

Fleurish Design Studio | Ballad Photography

Fleur Chicago | Emilia Jane Photography

Fleur | Emilia Jane Photography

Fleurs Tremolo

Fleurs Tremolo

Mood Flowers

Mood Flowers

Pamela Stanmire Williams EMC

Pamela Stanmire Williams EMC

Fleurs Tremolo

Fleurs Tremolo

Color Inspiration: White on White

Ava Flora

Ava Flora

Blush Floral Design | Whyman Studios

Blush Floral Design | Whyman Studios

Dilly Lily | Jose Villa Photography

Dilly Lily | Jose Villa

Floresie

Floresie | Anna Tereshina Photography

Amanda Randell

Amanda Randell

Atelier Bloom Bloom

Atelier Bloom Bloom

Maxit Flower Design

Maxit Flower Design

Michael Daigian Design | Jen Huang Photography

Michael Daigian Design | Jen Huang Photography

Poppies and Posies

Poppies & Posies

Porter and Ives | Rebecca Wilcher Photography

Porter & Ives | Rebecca Wilcher Photography

Springwell Gardens

Springwell Gardens

Studio C Floral | Perry James Photography ‪

Studio C Floral | Perry James Photography

Valley Flora | Sylvie Gil Photography

Valley Flora | Sylvie Gil Photography

Verde Flowers

Verde Flowers