Are you getting married during the Summer and have visions of growing your own flowers to be used in your Wedding Bouquets? However, you live in Northern Ontario, where the Summers are a bit iffy as far as warm weather goes. Zinnias are a nice flower, last lasting and they come in all colours.
Don't forget to plant some grasses, and hops ( on the right) look beautiful trailing out of a Bridal bouquet.
Sweet Peas are another favourite, but quite difficult to grow in Northern Ontario, except in a greenhouse. They smell heavenly, and come in all colours.
Glads can be grown here, but it takes all Summer to have blooms reach maturity. It may be easier to order Glads from a florist. If you are having a Fall Wedding, you can try growing Glads.
Dahlias have showy blooms, but again are a late Summer thing in Northern Ontario.
You will need to prep you Flower bed, and then mulch ( to keep weeds down) and also to keep you Flowers clean. ( i.e. no mud on blooms). Do not start anything from seed, our growing season is far too short here in Northern Ontario. Buy Bedding-out plants from Paulusma's Greenhouses, My Blooming Business, Creekside Nursuries, etc.
Plan on spending a lot of time, washing and debugging your blooms. They will need to be properly hydrated, and be kept cool until the day of the Wedding. Once your bouquets are arranged, spray them with Fresh flower sealant ( Crowning Glory) to keep them looking their best.
If you are on a Budget, Ferns can make beautiful centrepieces.
Here's a bouquet of our Garden flowers, mixed with blooms from a florist.
Always have a Plan B, if your blooms do not materialise, due to too cool weather, too much rain, not enough rain, and so on. Order your blooms from a Florist, at least a month ahead of your big day. If you are in #ThunderBay, you can check with Brule Creek Farms ( they may grow Sunflowers, https://www.facebook.com/brulecreekfarms/), and Moss Cottage www.theurbanfarmchick.blogspot.com, and of course, you can contact us at #TheCamellia. We offer DIY make-your-own-flower-bouquet Classes.
The Camellia, 30/32 Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, On
Open Wednesday through Sunday.