THINGS WE LOVE: FLOWER POWER

06/30/11

June has officially busted out all over, and as we head into July, the Bowen & Company team took time to smell the roses, along with anemones, peonies, lilies, and a few other exotic choices. Florals are a powerful expression of personality at any event. Here are a few of our favorites.

DAVID ON WHITE ANEMONE
“The anemone has been a favorite flower of mine for years! And while I love the brilliant reds, pinks, and purples; the black and white variety is the stand out. Its graphic elegance is both romantic and contemporary, making it “tres chic” for weddings and black-tie events.”

MEGAN ON PEONIES
“I haven’t always been a city girl. Before I traded picturesque for pavement, I loved grabbing fresh-cut peonies right out of the garden and bundling them together for a wonderfully full and classic looking bouquet. Luckily, I can still pluck them from the corner deli around this time of year!”

LAUREN ON SCABIOSA PODS
“Trend spotted: these relative newcomers on the wedding scene win the award for best supporting flower. They aren’t the star of show, but the addition of scabiosa pods to a wedding bouquet or boutonniere (as seen here) adds an unexpected touch of whimsy.”

COREY ON BLUE WATER LILY
“You’ve heard of birthstones, but how about birth flowers? The blue water lily (along with larkspur) is the official birth flower for July. With a golden center that bursts open each morning against vibrant blue petals only to close again each night, Ancient Egyptians believed the blue water lily was a reflection of the rising and setting sun. Beautiful but fleeting, just like the summer months.”

KRISTIN ON MUSICAL FLOWERS
“Went to the International Philadelphia Flower Show this year for the first time, and was overwhelmed by the innovation and imagination of the floral designs. This exhibit was inspired by the can-can dancers in An American in Paris with Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron. It’s one of my favorite movies, and I’m about to be an American in Paris when I head there next week. Au revoir, mon amis!”