It's almost Independence Day, and that means orders for red, white and blue bouquets. For florists, red and white flowers abound, but blue is a little underrepresented in the flower world. For some folks, the initial reaction is to reach for a can of blue flower tint (or worse, blue spray paint). This is where an experienced and creative design staff can help. There are actually several flowers that grow blue naturally, including hydrangea, thistle, iris and several varieties of delphinium. Shades range from pale to deep to wildly electric blues, and each flower has a very different texture than the others. The photo below is an example of an arrangement we made recently using blue thistle, light blue iris, red mini gerbera daisies, red roses, white hydrangea and barker bush. The different textures and heights of the flower heads exoke the feeling of fireworks, which we're all looking forward to on Tuesday (neighborhood children, big and small, have been preparing us for the last week or so).So, next time you look to use blue flowers in your wedding, or send a Hanukkah (come back in December for more on this), patriotic or baby boy arrangement, remember to hold the spray paint and ask the design staff to go au natural with the blue flowers.
BTW--attempts to produce a blue carnation via genetic engineering have met with some interesting results. Instead of blue, the flowers turn out to be several cool shades of purple. An Australian company named Florigene has been pioneering this work, and you've probably seen their products in our shop a number of times.