Florists Favorite – Clematis

We are long overdue for a Florists Favorite – and now we have a great one!

From a Boston floral design duo I’ve long admired,  Apryl Sahadi & Julie Crites of Petalena.  Their favorite flower is Clematis, a flowering vine.

Here’s a lovely macro photo they shot of the delicate purple flower:

Of their reasons for regarding Clematis so highly, they share:

How can we possibly pick a favorite? There are too many that we love! We often find ourselves working away in the studio on a wedding or event and every so often just stop and wonder at the beauty of so many of the blooms are we are blessed to work with! Clematis though is an absolute favorite as an early summer and fall flower. We love this bloom for its delicately arching stems, sweet little tendrils of green, and the way it adds a sense of ‘wildness’ and organic movement to a bouquet or arrangement.

And here it is their favorite flower (a darker purple specimen), put to lovely use in a bouquet- this is a bridal bouquet from October 2010, where clematis is combined with dahlias, ranunculus, and hellebore for a dramatic bouquet of tonal plums and purples.  The first Photo is by the excellent Boston based wedding photographer Meghann Gregory Photography, with credit for the second going to Petalena:

clematis bouquet

bouquet of clematis, dahlias, ranunculus, and hellebore

These photos remind me – I’ve found a bunch of photos of really wild, just picked style bouquets that I absolutely love lately and realized the common denominator is really bright, rich colors.  They make the bouquets look edgy and fun – pastel + garden style can seem a little too quaint and almost stale to me for some reason.  I’ll be posting those tomorrow!

December 9, 2010 - 8:44 am

Julie - Hi Kate!

The post looks great, thanks for sharing our work! Looking forward to reading your post tomorrow about wild and brightly colored bouquets…you’re totally onto something there.


Julie – Petalena

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