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!):
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:
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:
From the UK’s Flower Magician, aka Jane:
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! ; )
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 ; )
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!
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!
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!
More hot pinks and deep purples, this time from Real Simple:
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!
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!