a quick botany lesson from a florae

A couple of weekends ago we had the pleasure of enjoying a floral arrangment from a florae and we just had to know what all of the beautiful flowers were. So we asked owner, Rachel Mann, to identify and give a little background on some of the highlights in the arrangement.

{this arrangement is made up of 'David Austin' pink garden roses, cherry colored
Alstroemeria, hot pink Ranunculus, Blackberries and Hellebores}

left photo: ranunculas       right photo: alstroemeria

left photo: ranunculas
right photo: two bright pink flowers in the middle are David Austin garden roses

unripened blackberries {bottom of arrangement}


David Austin garden rose:
They are definitely more expensive than the average rose, but that is for a reason. Their scent (every variety with a different scent) is the most surreal scent you will ever smell from a rose, let alone a flower in general. Aside from the scent though, it is their petal shape that makes them very popular amongst brides and rose lovers. They are a lot more full and almost take on a 'peony' look (which, if paired with peonies...oh my god, too amazing to handle). They come in a WIDE range of colors, anywhere from light pink to hot pink/magenta, white-white to cream to yellow, to lavender and red. For the most part, they are available almost all year round, but unlike most flowers, if it is not within the lush, dominant growing seasonal months, then the price will go up even more because of that. Major note: choosing from the flowers that are readily available within the month that you are getting married will give you the best bang for your buck. Buying a flower that isn't in season in the United States during that month, makes for a more expensive flower because of the travel costs and low supply to gather from.


Alstroemeria are a very nice 'filler' flower, ones that almost form a base to an arrangement that help support the 'statement' flowers to pop out and shine. Alstroemeria are also much more inexpensive and are very very long lasting. If they are used all together, as one big bouquet or centerpiece of just alstroemeria, they can make a very affective, elegant look. You can get any color of alstromeria ANY time of the year. They are definitely an annual flower. Their colors range from reds, pinks, yellows, oranges, purples and white.


Ranunculus, meaning 'radiant charm' are so exciting to use in bridal bouquets and centerpieces. They are adorable! They are loved for their paper-like petals and are bright and cheerful winter flowers that can be found in various shades of red, yellow, orange, white, pink and copper-brown. Many have black or green flower centers that contrast nicely with the vivid petals. Each stem is topped with one flower, which has many petals, giving the flower a slightly ruffled look. The main availability of ranunculus are from
June-Dec, but I am STILL seeing them in the flower market now. Obviously, as I used them in your bouquet for anna be just now, at the end of January.


I love when blackberries are used in floral arrangements. I think they bring a touch of summery rustic and a punch of color and texture to your flowers. Love them! They are for the most part available all year round.


In medieval times it was said to be good for breaking bad spells and curses and was often planted near the front door :) They come in pink, purple and white. Common availability is from June-Nov, with the occasional pop-up in January. Hellebores are one of my favorite favorite flowers. They exude the gardeny look, however, are delicate and most definitely need to stay in a room-temperature environment. They are also not as long-lasting as a cut flower, but oh my are they pretty!!! Absolutely STUNNING in hand-tied bouquets!!!