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Building a bridal bouquet

If you want to add your own personal flair to your big day, why not DIY your own beautiful wedding bouquet? An increasing number of brides-to-be are getting hands-on with the flowers with their bridesmaids ahead of the wedding. So grab the girls and make a party out of it! Check out our top tips and tricks for DIY-ing your own beautiful bouquets.



  1. Calculate how many flowers you’ll need by considering the venue, your bridesmaids/groomsmen, the number of tables etc. Download a free wedding flower worksheet to help you figure out if you’re going to under or over-order flowers.
  2. As soon as you have the flowers, cut the stems at a 45-degree angle and put them in water (you might need a few buckets for this!). This allows them to absorb more water and keeps them super fresh.
  3. Start by picking your first flower, then add a complementary flower. Keep incorporating flowers until you’ve got the bulk of your bouquet ready, then add smaller filler flowers or greenery between them.
  4. The last thing you want is your bouquet coming apart mid-way down the aisle. If you don’t have floral tape, bind your bunches with a few clear hair elastics, then conceal them with fabric or ribbon.
  5. Trim the stems so they are all the same length – but make sure there is room to hold it comfortably. Top tip: measure two hand lengths from the base of the flowers, then add a few centimetres of wiggle room.
  6. Pre-purchase the supplies you need. You’ll probably want floral scissors, floral tape, pins, floral wire and ribbon. If you’re using roses, we recommend investing in a stem stripper to remove thorns and leaves without damaging the stem. You can find these online or at most specialist flower/garden stores.
  7. Order your flowers well in advance and have them arrive the day before the wedding to ensure they’re still fresh. Utilise the help of the florist if you’re not quite sure on the blooms you want. Traditionally, most flowers in a bridal bouquet stick to the colours of white with delicate greenery like eucalyptus. Splashes of pink or other pastel colours are commonly incorporated – think peonies, lilies, pink statice and of course, roses. Got your own unique colour scheme? Pick beautiful blooms to match.
  8. Loose petals or excess flowers? Save them for eco-friendly confetti! Keep the shavings in a vase for guests to toss at the newly-weds. You could also get creative with floral ice-cubes – just press petals into an ice tray filled with water and freeze.

Love is in the air

“There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence,” so wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson in the 19th century, and perhaps this pithy but somewhat profound statement encapsulates best why the rose has, for centuries, symbolised love and is the flower most given on Valentine’s Day.



Allan Jarden of Central City Flowers is a passionate floral designer who goes that extra mile to create fresh and stunning arrangements certain to captivate and charm every heart; The recipient of a Valentine’s bouquet created by Allan and his team of fully qualified florists is lucky indeed.

Should roses not be the flowers you choose to woo with, then pop online to browse beautiful bouquets for some inspiration; alternatively, if something with a touch of understated allure is more your style, then a Phalaenopsis orchid in a ceramic vase, for instance, makes for an elegant and enchanting gift of love.

But for the ultimate heart-hit of Cupid’s arrow, consider a delivery of flowers, chocolates and something sweetly scented, such as a pamper pack of botanic and fruit fragranced goodies, a rose scented soap or a divinely perfumed candle, to your loved one’s door.

You never know, by this time next year, you might be clutching another bouquet from Central City Flowers and repeating after the minister those two magic little words – “I do!”

Find Central City Flowers at 92 Colombo Street (corner Colombo Street and Fisher Avenue), phone 03 961 8165 or email


Here comes the bride!

Yes, we’re in wedding season again with sunny skies ahead and long balmy evenings just made for celebrating outdoors.


We get regular requests from the hassled bride’s mother about having the garden picture-perfect for the big day, or for the next day’s after-match function. So here are a few pointers to get the wedding look – easily.

First pointer, don’t let ‘garden stress’ spoil what should be a fun party for everyone, including the hosts. Everyone’s there to have a memorable time, not to pick over the garden looking for weeds. Talking loudly, laughing and inhaling your expensive bubbly will blur any detailed memories of the garden.

Green lawns, trimmed edges/hedges instantly give the garden a manicured look and mowing regularly for the three weeks prior avoids the ‘scalped’ look. Feed the lawn six weeks before the big day and water deeply if there’s no rain around. A final mow three days before the wedding gives the best look.

Focal points of massed colour are the easiest way to create the ‘wow!’ factor as guests arrive and mingle. Large tubs of a single colour of flower are the most eye-catching and place them where they’ll have the most effect. Make sure there’s enough room for two people to walk between them – very important for the bride and groom!

The front gate, the front door, entrances to pergolas or marquees, beside gaps through hedges and gates to pool areas are all focal points. The scale changes with large numbers of people, so large tubs have more impact.

Roses really set the scene and “How can I have the perfect roses just at the right time?” is probably the pre-wedding question we get asked the most. Water is the basic requirement of roses and it’s almost impossible to over-water them.

Trickling a hose steadily at the base is the best way to water, rather than on the foliage, but if you can’t avoid overhead watering do it first thing in the morning, rather than the evening.

Feeding six weeks before the required date promotes fresh, new, clean growth, and the period from pruning to flowering is around six weeks. Regular spraying halts pests and diseases – if you need any advice on roses just ring or call us.

Flower beds can easily be a riot of colour all through summer with a bit of TLC and the good old reliable varieties are still the way to go – white petunias, white alyssum, lobelia, blue cornflowers, cream marigolds, white cosmos, blue salvias, and white impatiens in shade.

Pockets of summer annuals will reinforce your colour schemes and larger numbers of less varieties will have maximum impact. Rows of geraniums in terracotta pots are simple and effective. Weddings can be a once-in-a-lifetime event – enjoy the fun!


Say it with flowers: Alpine Florist and Gifts

Alpine Florist and Gifts is a boutique floral studio located in the heart of Methven township with a reputation for beautiful, long-lasting, fresh flower bouquets and arrangements.



Owner and florist Dale Tapp is excited to announce the recent move to an online shop via her website

“Just like our flowers, our gorgeous gifts will all be online and available for delivery, or you can now pick up with a ‘click and collect’ option. If you want a gift basket or a special gift to show you care, it’s as easy as jumping online and making your order,” Dale says.

Their fantastic personalised delivery service, encompassing the Methven, Ashburton, Rakaia, Mt Somers and Mayfield regions, makes ordering flowers and gifts easy.

With Christmas approaching fast, pop online and let Alpine Florist and Gifts inspire you!

Phone 03 302 8832, email or find them on Facebook.



Adorn it with flowers: Ilam Florist

Renowned for their flowers and quality service, Ilam Florist brings more than 20 years of experience and expertise to customers in Christchurch and beyond.



They have a beautiful and wide selection of flowers for all occasions, be it births, weddings, bereavements, corporate events, anniversaries, flowers of congratulations, or even just to treat yourself to gorgeous flowers for your home.

With Cup Day just around the corner, a lady never looks lovelier than with pretty, sweet-scented flowers adorning her hat or fascinator; and a gentleman’s suit should never be seen without a flower at the buttonhole. Take your thoughts along to the lovely team at Ilam Florist and see what magic they can weave!

Be inspired by their stunning website and take advantage of their same-day flower delivery by ordering before 2pm.

Find Ilam Florist at 203 Waimari Road, phone 03 358 5396 or 021 262 9980. Email, visit or Facebook,




A sensory experience: Kaiapoi Florist & Gifts

They moved on 2 September to their new prime-spot location on Williams Street, Kaiapoi, and with a spectacular 16 metre display window, owner Suzie Lambert can’t wait to get creative, for when it comes to Kaiapoi Florist & Gifts, Suzie says it’s all about the senses.



Sight – The impact of colour in this large, airy space of massed flowers, bouquets, potted colour, pots and vases, and exquisite French Country silk flowers (the biggest selection in Christchurch, which can be arranged in customers’ own vases) is visually stunning.

Sound – The tiered water fountain with its gentle trickle of water makes for a soothing background accompaniment while wandering through this delightful flowery bowery.

Smell – Bask in a myriad of flower scents, then nuzzle your nose amongst the heavenly scented candles and diffusers from Mor (Marshmallow, Peony, Pomegranate, Belladonna, Snow Gardenia and Lychee Flower), the food-fragranced Waxglo collection and new room-scenting ranges from Australia and America. What an olfactory oasis!

Taste – If it’s something sweet you seek to win that special person’s favour, then a box of award-winning Devonport Chocolates, such as the scrumptious Luxurious Chocolate Assortment, will have them surrendering in no time.

Touch – With an extensive giftware range that’s ever-changing, take time to inspect frames, mirrors, ornaments and household ware, unique cards-to-cherish and so much more.

“Our flowers are always different,” Suzie says, “That’s why our customers love coming here.”

Find Kaiapoi Florist & Gifts at 178E River View Terraces, Williams Street, Kaiapoi. Phone 03 327 6535 or visit All products are available online 24/7.



Central City Flowers

A floral fixation: Central City Flowers

Central City Flowers has relocated from South City Mall to 92 Colombo Street (corner of Fisher Avenue), and owner, Allan Jarden, is rapt because 12 years ago, he was working at the very same premises. “It’s like being home again. It’s a great neighbourhood around here.”


Central City Flowers


Allan and his team specialise in weddings, but also do corporate flowers, sympathy flowers, living plants, exquisite giftware, and gourmet gift hampers, including gluten-free. They deliver locally, nationally and internationally through Interflora.
Allan began learning his trade in his teens; now, with more than 40 years in the business, the fully qualified florist says he wouldn’t be doing anything else. “I love my job – I’m passionate about my work!”

All Allan’s certificates, including his diploma and Master Florist, were obtained through NZ Professional Florists. Currently, Allan is President of Interflora Pacific Unit, which necessitates quite a lot of international travel.

In fact, Allan’s standing in the world of floristry is held with such high regard that on 23 February, he headed to Philadelphia to judge the Interflora World Cup, one of the biggest, most prestigious floral events in the world. There are 23 countries taking part this year. Allan was one of only six judges.

When asked about his surname, Allan smiles. Way back in time, and due to his French lineage, Allan’s surname was spelt Jardin – the French word for garden. He agrees that yes, it does seem that he and flowers were destined to be together.


Phone 03 961 8165, visit or find on Facebook at


Ashburton’s Blooming Beauty

Ashburton’s Blooming Beauty

A garden blooming with flowers and trees, shrubs, and an array of colourful foliage creates a serene, embracing atmosphere endearing to the heart. As you head out south of Christchurch, along State Highway One and into Ashburton, you will find just that.


Ashburton’s Blooming Beauty


As you enter the town, turn right at the entrance and drive along Racecourse Road. When you catch sight of the gardens, turn left and drive down an avenue of towering trees, where you’ll enter the horticultural wonderland that is Trott’s Garden.
Ashburton’s secret garden started as one man’s dream to transform a barren four-hectare paddock, creating a space that people would visit and enjoy, inspiring others to create something special on their own land.

Late last year when Alan Trott retired, his only request was that the property remained part of the Ashburton community. The Trott’s Gardens Charitable Trust was formed to purchase the property, rallying a team of volunteers and forming a management committee to maintain and develop the gardens.


Ashburton’s Blooming Beauty

Since the first spade of soil was turned in 1984, the Trott family has planted a large area now known as the woodland garden, home to 650 rhododendrons. The display of colour from early September until autumn is stunning as rhododendron bloom among stately trees.

Some 50 species of magnolia, 70 different kinds of maples and 40 different varieties of the dogwood family give some idea of the scale of this area, which is underplanted with hundreds of rhododendrons and azaleas. Nearby is a bog garden with a stream that flows into a pond edged with many fine water plants, lilies and irises. The pond, from the near side, is free of plantings and so reflects a perfect image of the sky and garden beyond.

One of the highlights of the gardens are the perennial borders running 110 meters in length, enclosed by tightly trimmed macrocarpa hedges. The borders contain only perennial plants, a rarity in the southern hemisphere and, unlike many perennial borders, these contain no natives or roses.


Ashburton’s Blooming Beauty

A special area of the garden is the red border. Developed in 2005, it is a six metre deep, 60 metre long border, featuring hundreds of plants that are either red in foliage or flower.  There are sweeping lawns and a lookout tower provides exceptional views of the bog, the water garden and the rare knot garden that fronts the garden’s chapel, where many weddings are held every year.

The New Zealand Gardens Trust awarded Trott’s Garden six stars (its highest category) and designated it as a NZ Garden of International Significance, as it is considered to be outstanding for its horticultural value. Alan himself was awarded a Queen’s Service Medal in 2017 for his services to horticulture.


Trott’s Garden is open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm and Saturday to Sunday by appointment only.


A floral feast

A floral feast

A romantic richness has adorned the wedding day in boldly coloured bridal bouquets and reception floral arrangements.


A floral feast


Following on from the flowery feast we are enjoying in fashion, this vivacious trend will embellish weddings in 2019.  After the last few years of white and muted blooms, brides will be choosing pretty pinks through to deep-indigo hues. The wild, freshly picked look is perfect with this exciting trend.

A collage of colour, such as rich-scarlet garden roses, or large-petalled poppies, can really complement a bride’s ruby red lipstick – and look so photogenic against even the simplest white dress. Plush burgundy peonies will be magical for those getting married later in the year.

Greenery still graces the celebratory tables and the reception areas. However, those white stems now make way for more vibrant blooms amongst the leaves. Interesting structural foliage and loud flowers will enchant dresses and tablecloths. Even magenta bougainvillea is a flush of vibrancy to drape amidst the celebration.

In fact, vivid violet, and all renditions of the colour purple, is a hot palette trend that’s invited to the wedding. Hydrangeas, sweet peas, dahlias and purple daisies are set to bedazzle on the big day. Whereas the gentle meandering blooms such as larkspur, delphiniums and sweet peas add a romantic whimsy.

We will also see more colourful floral crowns, as a change from the tiara.



Blooming Delicious

Blooming Delicious

When it comes to summer entertaining, you want to impress your guests with eats that look as good as they taste. Why not up your culinary game with edible flowers?


Blooming Delicious


While flowers have been used by cultures throughout the world for thousands of years, it seems these beautiful blooms have now gone upmarket, adorning the plates of high-end restaurants globally.
Edible flowers not only make colourful and tasty additions to your cooking, they can also transform your summer drinks into talking points. Just freeze your flowers in ice cubes and add to your summer tipples.

We look at 10 blooming delicious examples:

All in for alliums: Alliums include the cultivated onion, garlic, scallion, shallot, leek and chives, all which make for delicious additions to green salads, potato and pasta salads and dips.

Never forget nasturtiums: Nasturtium blossoms have a peppur like watercress. All colours and varieties are tasty in salads or as garnishes, with their leaves able to be eaten too.

Must-have marigolds: With a mildly citrus taste, marigold petals can be sprinkled into salads. With colours ranging from pure yellow to orange and red, they are as much a feast for the eyes as they are for the belly.

Pretty as a pansy: Pansies have a wintergreen flavour and are pretty on cakes and other desserts.

Sweet as honeysuckle: Although its berries are poisonous, honeysuckle blossoms make a pretty, and safe, addition to salads.

Forage some borage: The fuzzy-leaved herb borage has sky-blue flowers with a light cucumber taste. Add to fruit salads, green salads or freeze in ice cubes for cold drinks.

Cute little chamomile: A pretty plant that graces the herb garden with masses of small flowers, chamomile offers a tasty apple-like flavour.

Newly minted: All flowers of the mint family make for tasty additions to your cooking. Try lemon balm or spearmint in iced tea.

Game of squash: Squash blossoms can be used as a garnish, made into fritters or chucked into a stir-fry.

Stop and eat the roses: All roses are edible, with miniature varieties ideal to garnish ice cream and desserts, while larger petals can be sprinkled on desserts or salads.