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Seasonality Series: year-round, semi-seasonal and seasonal specialties

In the last blog in the Seasonality Series, I talked about how the modern day flower trade as affected our idea of what “seasonal flowers” are. Today I’ll be talking about some of my favourite flowers broken down by how often they are available: year-round, semi-seasonally, or only during a short growing season, ie. my favourite seasonal specialties. In the next blog of the Seasonality Series, I’ll talk more about the specific time periods that the flowers on the short growing season list will be available for weddings in Southern Ontario.

Year Round:

Standard varieites: roses, spray roses, lisianthus, stock; with seasonal varieties: dahlias, climbing hydrangea, chantilly snapdragons and scabiosa. Photo by Peter Michael Wilson Photography

Flowers that are available year-round fall into two categories in my mind: those that are pretty standard and hence more affordable, and premium (ie. pricey!) blooms. Although these are typically available year-round, like with anything, certain colours or varieties might go out of production here or there throughout the year. Just like how that Ikea Malm dresser in the chestnut finish (you know what it looks like I’m sure) is bound to be backordered on occasion. Know that for the most part, no matter what time of year you are getting married, the flowers mentioned below will be available. Also, as a note, I’m pretty open to all flowers (‘cus flowers are pretty! And they all have a place!) but I marked my favs with asterisks.

Standard flowers available year-round:

Standard roses * (there are so many colour/varieties/sizes and levels of quality)
Spray roses *
Carnations *
Stock *
Lisianthus *
Phlox *
Snapdragons *
Freesia *
Alstroemeria *
Chrysanthemums *
Hypericum
Gladiolus *
Daisies
White hydrangea
Gerbera daisies
Statice
Baby’s Breath

Premium-priced flowers available year-round:

Garden roses * (Pricey!! But sooo worth it!)
Standard roses * (higher quality or more rare varieties)
Orchids *
Protea * (depending on variety)

Semi-seasonal:

Bride and groom wedding bouquet
Seasonal protea, scabiosa, clematis, foxglove and viburnum foliage coupled with standard varieties like standard roses, garden roses and spray roses. Photo by Olive Photography

These are flowers that can be sourced 4-6 months of the year and sometimes sporadically in their off-seasons. However, they typically vary vastly in quality and price depending on time of year or the point in “their season”. I might even be able to get them when they’re “out of season” but they’ll cost even more and will likely be totally underwhelming. These are the varieties that definitely fall into that “buy seasonal!!” category. It’s generally not worth buying these unless they’re in-season and even then you should expect that these will be pricier flowers (with the exception of standard tulips).

Ranunculus
Anemones
Spring bulbs like: Tulips, daffodils, narcissus, fritillaria, muscari,
Clematis
Antique coloured hydrangea
Protea (depending on variety)
Scabiosa
Sweet peas

Seasonal Specialties:

Seasonal specialities peonies, lilac and “bridal crown” narcissus

These are flowers that either have an extremely short season, a robust but well-defined season or both. I would *never* guarantee any of these out of season. If you are super inspired by any of these flowers… be prepared to plan your date around their seasons!

Blooming branches: magnolia, dogwood, spirea
Peonies
Lilac
Lily of the Valley
Poppies
Japanese Anemone
Hellebore
Dahlias
Pieris
Amaryllis

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Seasonality Series: Choosing a wedding date with particular flowers in mind