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Flowers for October Wedding

Posted by jenski 5a (My Page) on
Sun, Jan 23, 11 at 12:50

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?

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Flowers for October Wedding

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

RE: Flowers for October Wedding

Thank you!

RE: Flowers for October Wedding

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.

RE: Flowers for October Wedding

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.

RE: Flowers for October Wedding

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.

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