Astrantia

Lately I’ve been noticing astrantia everywhere and especially loving it.   It’s on Floret Cadet’s “Most Wanted” board on Mayesh’s Floral File, meaning it’s among the flowers I haven’t personally worked with yet and am most dying to get my hands on!

It’s a small, somewhat scraggly form, and has an effect not unlike nigella or scabiosa in bouquets.  It comes in all shades of pink, whitish pale to rosy to a deep purple burgundy tone.   In my online stalking, I found that it’s showcased on the sites of a lot more UK floral designers than US based ones – interesting! I don’t know if it just has that English cottage garden look to it, or if it is actually more abundant there.

Most often, you see it in really frilly, vintage style pinky lacey looks, like the first few below.  This one is from Real Cut Flowers in the UK.  The really pale whitish ones look almost like dandelions after they’ve gone to seed (in a good way!):

astrantia peony peonies pink wedding bouquet vintage romantic lace

Rose and Grace Florist (another UK based) mixes the pale astrantia with the deep burgundy rose color- lovely! These guys definitely play well with peonies:

rose amaranthus vintage peony wedding bouquet lace astrantia pink peach

And with astilbe! This is from Downeys Bloomster Och Jazz, a Swedish florist whose site and blog were a cool discovery from this post and very worth checking out:

astrantia spray roses roses astilbe wedding bouquet vintage pastel pink peach

From the UK’s Flower Magician, aka Jane:

astrantia sweet peas lily of the valley lisianthus

astrantia peony bouquet wedding pink red vintage hydrangea

Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design was another great discovery – I LOVE the cascade shape of course, and mega bonus points for the blushing bride and snowberries in here! ; )

astrantia vintage romantic cascade wedding bouquet calla snowberries sycalyptus dendrobium roses astilbe blushing bride protea

These lovely flowers were created by Chicago based florist Scarlet Petal for the wedding of Jen Schefft, who some of you may know from her storied career on The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and various off shoots.  I didn’t really follow those shows and tend to automatically think that anyone who would go on a reality dating show and I wouldn’t really get along, but seeing what she chose for her bridal and bridesmaids bouquets, I realize that I was too quick to judge – clearly, we’d be great friends ; )

hellebores ranunculus bouquet wedding bridal sweet peas anemones astrantia jen schefft bachelorette chicago wedding

sweet pea astrantia wedding bridesmaid bouquet purple jen schefft wedding chicago

I love these dreamy images from Fairy Nuff Flowers, and think their site and blog are adorable.  I see those amnesia roses about 1,000% more on UK florists sites than I do from US based designers, by the way. I’m kind of on the fence about them, but they look absolutely beautiful in this design!

anmesia roses astrantia waxflower eycalyptus bouquet wedding

This fun closeup is from the UK’s Wild Acre Flowers– a flower farm and also a silversmith- how cool is that?! I love the green / red varigation on this one!

scabiosa astrantia bouquet red burgundy

These are from Cincinnati’s Robinwood Weddings, and I LOVE the hellebores in there, just like in the Scarlet Petal bouquet.  Two of my faves!

hellebores astrantia cymbidium hydrangea calla wedding bouquet

dahlia astrantia nigella hydrangea wedding bouquet scabiosa

More hot pinks and deep purples, this time from Real Simple:

Bouquet of ranunculus, astrantia, and chocolate cosmos

And it’s seen a lot less often, but the pale astrantia also looks great with oranges and yellows, and particularly with poppies (but what doesn’t look good with poppies?) From Martha Stewart Weddings:

And from another of my great discoveries of this image search, NYC’s The Designer’s Co-Op:

And finally, here it is in the most current and seasonally appropriate arrangement of today’s post, another warmer / rusty colored arrangement, from a wedding that took place just this past weekend by my friend Olga at Landish Flowers.  Which reminds me, I need to add that salmon amaryllis to my Most Wanted board immediately!

salmon amarayllis wedding centerpiece geranium leaf cafe au lait dahlias roses astilbe fall autumn wild astrantia

What have your experiences been with astrantia? In photos, it looks hardy and pretty straightforward to me – leave a comment here if anyone has tricks to share though!

 

 

November 22, 2011 - 11:40 am

Olga Miroshnichenko - I just can’t get enough of this stuff either Kate! So fun to work with, and I found that a little really goes a long way. Thanks so much for including Landish in your post.

November 22, 2011 - 5:02 pm

Kelly Sullivan (Botanique) - Oooh- I LOVE ASTRANTIA! And I love the arrangements from Landish and Fairy Nuff Flowers. Thanks for the inspiration! It is much needed on this dreary, rainy Seattle day!

November 22, 2011 - 5:16 pm

Kate - thanks olga & kelly – hope the rain clears up for the holiday!

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