My most common request this season has been for pastels, and for this bouquet I couldn’t help adding a summery pop of colour. I typically use non-commercial foliage sourced from my garden, and a few favourite foraging spots. Here I’ve used olive, and one of my favourites – lacebark – which is a New Zealand native and in summer is covered in delicate, sweet, honey-scented flowers. I’ve also used some twisted willow for a bit of movement.
Using my favourite dahlias from my garden in this bouquet was a no brainer. My cafe au laits have been blooming at all the right moments this season and really are the queen of all dahlias. My eveline dahlia has also been a popular choice, with its mass of white petals, mauve tips and longer vase life.
I’ve also used ohara Columbian roses – those layers and that fragrance get me every time! Cerise cosmos from my garden brings a pop of summer colour, pale pink lisianthus are plentiful at the moment and always a beautiful addition, and tuberose from my garden for its amazing fragrance.
Lastly I’ve used some mauve gentians to add another pop of colour and to complement the hint of mauve in the eveline dahlias, some sea lavender for texture, and a delicate ribbon of chiffon to finish it off.
Words and blooms by Kelly Allen, Where The Wild Things Grow, Waihi