Natural Dried Flower Wedding at Cressbrook Hall

Gemma and Andy were married in the Derbyshire Peak District at Cressbrook Hall on 3rd September this year. Cressbrook is a Tudor-style mansion, built in 1835 during the reign of William IV and is set in 23 acres of beautiful woodland in … Continue reading

Rustic Vintage Wedding at Rivington Barn

At the height of summer this year on the 16th July, Emma and Callum were married at the beautifully rustic Rivington Barn. The Barn’s original features include huge Saxon beams and is a historic Grade ll listed building believed to … Continue reading

Summer Coral Wedding at Mitton Hall

Emma and Dan tied the knot on the 28th July this year at Mitton Hall in Clitheroe, Lancashire. Mitton Hall is a magnificent 15th Century country manor house hotel in the heart of the fabulous Ribble Valley, with interior design … Continue reading

Manchester United Themed Wedding @ The Old Middleton Grammar School

When Steven and Adele first came to me they bubbled with ideas of a Manchester United themed day. They didn’t want it to take over but they are both huge fans so the colour was a cert. The venue the … Continue reading

Fun in the Sun at Walton Hall, Warrington.

Laurence & Lyndsey wanted to get married outside……weather dependant! So we needed a plan B. We became weather obsessed, as we really wanted to create plan A, dress the bandstand at Walton Hall & Gardens, Warrington. How lucky! Dry for … Continue reading

Wild & Wondrous Bride Gallery 2015

Well, it seemed like 2015 flew! We were soo busy at Wild & Wondrous with workshops, flower shows, special events like Valentines Day, Mothers Day, Easter and British Flower Week. But my favourite events are weddings. I have put together … Continue reading

I Want Flowers in My Hair!

Flowers in my hair has been the request of many of our brides this year. How amazing for us traditionally trained florists! Festive style thin to full on circulates, comb’s in fresh and dried, flower pins and wild wired pieces you … Continue reading

Favourite flowers of July, Love-in-a-mist – Nigella damascene

What a romantic name for a flower, love-in-a-mist, it conjures up all sorts of images in my imagination, as does the other common name devil-in-the-bush.  It is a fabulous flower to grow, cut, arrange with and dry. Nigella belongs to the buttercup family Ranunculaceae. It makes an annual appearance in my garden due to its self-seeding nature and has been a favourite for scattering in the quintessential cottage garden since Elizabethan times.

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Nigella is an annual plant, which grows to about 50cm in height. Seed can be sown the spring or autumn, autumn sowing produces early summer flowering, but spring sown seeds will flower later in the summer. It is a good idea to do both to get a longer cutting period as it only lasts 6 – 8 week. Dead heading will prolong the flowering period but I like to leave it to go to seed. When the spikey petals drop the plant produces a bulbous and inflated capsule that contains the seeds. The seed heads are just as attractive as the flowers in my opinion. The colours vary but are mainly shades of blue. I have had lots of white this year but I think that due to me purchasing new seeds. A few pink also made a surprise appearance, which was nice.

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The ferny foliage and spiky flowers give great texture to summer bouquets and wedding flowers. The delicate stems give great movement when the bouquet is being carried. The seed heads also look fabulous when fresh and last really well as a cut flower.

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They can also be dried and used in the winter to add texture to a design. For drying remove the excess foliage and hang upside down in a dark, warm and airy place. The seed heads contain hundreds of seeds which can be collected for sowing the following year.

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This beautifully scented bridal bouquet includes blue, white and the seed heads of Nigella, blue, pink and lilac cornflowers, Ammi, coriander flowers, flowering mint, lilac and white sweet peas, larkspur, veronica and a few other pretties grown by my fellow on his wild garden plot. All other flowers were grown by Wild & Wondrous.

All floristry by Wild & Wondrous and photos by Nicola Hanney.

Thanks Nik