Flowers for October Wedding

jenskiJanuary 23, 2011

Hi everyone. I am growing my own flowers for my October 15, 2011 wedding.

First of all, I KNOW that everyone will say that I am crazy. Growing my own flowers? For an OCTOBER wedding? In MAINE?!!?!?!

So let's get this all out of the way:

1. Yes, I am crazy

2. It won't really matter if I have massive flower failure. It's not that kind of wedding.

3. I do have a backup plan. Two of them, actually.

OK, now that we are all calmed down about that, here is the plan:

1. I have some gorgeous dahlia bulbs on the way. This year my dahlias were flowering into the third week of October. I realize that we had a long growing season, but I am prepared with row covers if they are necessary.

2. I have the following seeds which I plan to direct seed in mid to late June for a later bloom:

Fortress Purple Statice

State Fair Mix Zinnia

Rocket Mix Snapdragon

Imperial Mix Pincushion Flower

Lacy Blue Didiscus

Kiwi Blue Cerinthe

Sea Star Mix Aster

Princess Mix Aster

I have plenty of row covers in case of early frosts.

3. I will be putting in two raised beds of mixed sunflowers and planting both perennial and annual sweet peas in the spring

I would love any tips and/or hints that will help me to harvest as many of my own flowers as possible. Anyone?

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Petunias, Marigolds and wax begonia. Also Impatiens for shaded area. These are easy to grow and low maint. Congratulations and good luck.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2011 at 6:12PM
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Thank you!

    Bookmark   January 25, 2011 at 10:54AM
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I was soooo happy to find your post. I too, happen to be getting married on October 15th, 2011 and am in the mid stages of researching flower options. Though I have a black thumb and have no intention of growing my own flowers, reading your posts gave me some good ideas. I will be doing most of everything else myself, so if you want to exchange info, becuase I snagged some of yours, then let me know.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2011 at 2:09PM
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You might want to consider other fall ornamentals such as amaranth and broom corn. Some of them are very decorative and would enhance your fall flowers. If you go to Johhny's Selected Seeds they have a nice selection under Flowers-Ornamental Grasses.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2011 at 9:42PM
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Thanks for the ideas! Keep them coming! :) I am so excited. I'm starting my sunflowers now, so hopefully they will be in good shape by the time June rolls around.

    Bookmark   March 29, 2011 at 8:31AM
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