Working within the wedding world, we're lucky to witness the sweet fragrance and vibrancy of flowers every weekend. For our next Spring Forward Pop-Up event we're collaborating with design and floral studio Starling on Bond on a Floral Centerpiece Workshop May 17th at Sky Gallery. We asked Starling's Creative Director Corrin Acome to tell us what she's excited about, and to give us a preview of what's to bloom in the next few months.
Name of Flower: The Lilac (Syringa Vulgaris)
Meaning: First love
In bloom: Late spring, early summer
Best for: Filler in arrangements
Scent: Very sweet fragrance
Origin: A flowering plant species related to the Olive family. The Lilac is native to the Balkan Peninsula, but grows widely throughout Europe and North America.
What are a few personal memories that you associate with the Lilac? It's scent is very sweet and overwhelming, and that scent always reminds me of my childhood, as we had several lilac trees in our backyard. When the fragrance started to fill the yard, we knew that summer (and more importantly, summer vacation) was just around the corner! My sister and I would spend hours under our lilac trees, picking off the tiny flowers and sucking the pollen from them. Sometimes you could catch the sweet taste and sometimes you had to pick another before you found it.
What do you love most about these flowers? I love how lilacs grow wild in big untamed bushes. I particularly enjoy purple lilacs the most, as the cone of the flower has a natural ombre; the buds at the tops are dark and tightly closed and the open blooms are a lighter shade of lavender, almost fading into white.
Name of Flower: Peony (Paeonia)
Meaning: Bashfulness, the American spirit of ambition and determination
Best For: Peonies are so romantic and dreamy. They are the most coveted at weddings and fill out bouquets beautifully.
Scent: Lightly fragrant
In Bloom: Peonies will bloom in late spring and early summer and die down in the Autumn. But because they are perennials, your plant will grow back on its own for years to come.
Origin: Native to Asia, Southern Europe and Western North America.
Do you have any personal memories associated with the peony? I love how soft and layered the petals are - you can bury your whole nose in the center and it's like a soft floral pillow. I remember as a little girl trying to catch and count the ants that would run and hide throughout the petals.
Name of Flower: Poppy (Papaveraceae)
In bloom: Spring and Summer
Meaning: A symbol of sleep and peace
Best For: Wild organic arrangements. Sometimes their stems can be long and curvy and just as attractive at the bloom itself. Take advantage of this organic shape in arrangements.
Scent: No fragrance
Origin: The Poppy is a flowering plant in the subfamily Papaveroideae. Herbaceous plants, they are often grown for their colorful flowers. One species of poppy, Papaver somniferum, produces edible seeds, and is also the source of the crude drug opium which contains powerful medicinal alkaloids such as morphine and has been used since ancient times as an analgesic and narcotic medicinal and recreational drug.
What do poppies remind you of? California because they grow small and wild on the side of the ocean sand dunes. The curving stems and crumpled up petals remind me of my love for wild flowers and how the imperfections in them are exactly what make them all perfect.
Interested in joining the floral workshop with Starling on Bond? For our Union x Bond readers, use the code "springforward" to get your class for half off here.