Zinnias Day 2

There are so many more lovely zinnia images to share!  I really do feel that this is one under-rated wedding flower!

I will get straight to it…

These look almost like edible arrangements from a farmer’s market – and it’s not really a wonder since they’re grown on a sustainable farm! I don’t know what the tan whispies are on that top arrangement, but I must find out, they’re so cool…Florist friends, please help! ; ) These are from Love N Fresh Flowers, the farm in Philadelphia that I posted about last week.  They seem to grow zinnias as a primary flower there.

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I think all of these are really cool – mixed colored zinnias are the main focal flower in all of them, but with some white, herby mix ins to keep things really loose and casual.  The top and lower left images are from NYC based Poppies & Posies, whose work I love! And on the bottom left, a beautiful bouquet from Springfield’s Vermont Country Flowers.

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You don’t normally see zinnias in pastel arrangements, but these pale limey green guys mix right in with super feminine peachy roses for a really fresh look.  These are from Sugar Magnolias (motto? Nature Composed), which is in Madison Virginia, right outside of Charlotesville.  They use mostly local, sustainably farmed flowers as well.  It’s more than a trend!

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I LOVE how they look all by themselves, in white milk glass.  The photo on the left is from The Knot, and on the right we have another hit from Love N Fresh Flowers!

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And last but definately not least, we have some zinnias in filled vases (ding!), with fruit (ding ding!) and in a non typical, unusual container (ding, ding, ding!):

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That first photo was from wedding florist Elisabeth Zemetis of Blush Floral Design’s own rehearsal dinner.  Brilliant.  She’s out of Connecticut, by the way.  Below left is from Let’s Entertain (cute party blog!), and right from Chiana Wedding Flowers.

February 18, 2011 - 1:25 pm

Sprout - In 21 years of floristry, and access to a world of flowers at the Boston Flower Exchange, I’ve never seen those tan whispies in the first picture. I’m dying to know what they are! I hope someone knows…!

February 18, 2011 - 3:18 pm

Kate - I feel like I saw it on the excellent blog of Francoise Weeks as I was going through it yesterday, but didn’t even put two and two together or record it! I’d programmed this zinnia post last week and forgot how much I wanted to know what those things were….i may have to look through her entire blog all over again! It was either on there or on Blossom Sweet’s also excellent blog

February 18, 2011 - 9:19 pm

Terri of Coulee Creek Florals - Those cool, wispy things are Clematis seedpods! The species that have bell-shaped flowers that tend to hang upside down…I have one that’s blue and one that’s pink. I can’t remember their names, though. I’ve used them a lot in floral arrangements, and in a groom’s bout once–he said they were like something you’d see in a Dr. Seuss book.

February 18, 2011 - 11:32 pm

Paula Rae - Hmmm.. I was going to say they look like a variety of Nigella… I’ve only seen Nigella in it’s blue/white/lavender color scheme, but who’s to say that it doesn’t come in taupe! 🙂

Also, I was going to mention that I love Zinnias, too! I think they are under-showcased simply b/c of their ephemeral existence and lack of serial cultivation.. Likely now that people are expressing a keen interest in them as a cut flower, one that would be purchased consistently if it was available, more growers will play with extending their season and we’ll be enjoying them more and more over the years… such is the story of many-a-flower!

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