The Protea is a unique ower due to its woody texture. More common in shades of pink and white, proteas also come in a ‘King’ variety which is larger, with pointier edges. A hardy bloom which can withstand wild fires and is very long lasting as a cut ower. The King Protea is the national flower of South Africa. Proteas are also considered one of the oldest flower varieties in the world. They are grown in New Zealand over Winter, usually from around April and lasting till October (some varieties even longer).
Together Journal is working with the New Zealand Flower Promotion Group with the aim to help educate people about seasonal flowers and availability in New Zealand. Every month we work with two talented florists who are given a bunch of seasonal flowers with a seasonal hero bloom and they create some kind of arrangement for us to photograph. The Protea is our first seasonal bloom for the month of July and we asked our florists to create a wintertime bouquet with a bride in mind. Our florists this month are Sue Cameron at Floral Stylist Co. and Rosie Holt at Rose Tinted Flowers.
First up with have a bouquet in fresh whites and greens by Sue Cameron at Floral Stylist Co.
Sue’s hero seasonal flower is the glorious Protea Nerifolia in white, perfect for a bride.
Next, we have Rosie’s bouquet in rich reds, pinks and greens. For the bride who likes a bit more colour.
Rosie’s hero seasonal flower is the King Protea in the colour Pink Ice.
Two beautiful examples showing how to incorporate Proteas into a winter wedding. Remeber to always buy seasonal if you can and ask your florists advice on what is available at what time.