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Foliage taking the lime light.

Foliage is the foundation of just about every arrangement, it is very rare that we ever don’t use foliage and to be honest, I love foliage. Foliage is just as diverse as flowers in its structure, texture and colour and I am constantly inspired by what foliage lends to an arrangement, often it is the foliage that creates the shape of what you are arranging and with crappy foliage comes crappy arrangements (but we never have those!) I am lucky really, every time I am on the hunt for something green I only have to step outside my door. My mother, spent relentless years, digging holes and carefully placing baby roots in the hope that the wild west cork winds wouldn’t tare it from the earth. Not only were trees and shrubs planted for their shelter belt purposes, but ever the keen arborist, Mum took it as a personal challenge to grow the most challenging and beautiful trees and shrubs. Now 20 years later we live in what one can only be described as a little wonderland of woodland, or not so little!

I have such a huge selection of foliage, Acers who follow me through the season, changing colours as we go. Old reliable like Oaks and Beech, (my favorite being the copper Beech who has an almost black leaf). My absolute favorite tree though is called Cercidiphyllum Japonicum. This is such a special little tree, I love it for many reasons, it comes into leaf early in the spring, little lime green leaves, shortly after the leaves darken, and begin to look as though they have been sprinkled with red dust, as the season moves towards Autumn, the leaves turn a beautiful amber and eventually into a liquid gold. As if this colour change was not enough, it is as the amber/gold phase of the tree that it does its most special trick…it smells like cooked marshmallows! I kid you not. And not faintly either, you can be walking across the lawns and you will get a very distinct whiff of roasted marshmallows wafting through the air. It makes my day every time.

  

Wedding trends have changed, moved away from the muted pastel high flower density of recent seasons now foliage heavy has come in with a bang. Whilst foliage heavy is a welcome change, flowers- usually big heavy headed strong coloured flowers were still taking center stage. Natasha and myself would spend hours carefully selecting, collecting and preparing foliage from the gardens, and get to the point in the arrangement where we thought it was almost a shame to add flowers; the arrangement was stunning just with greens, in all its depths and textures. We craved to create a foliage only wedding.

Our wish came true on 6th October this year. David and Vicky came to us with the vision for their wedding back in January 2016. A mere 22 months before their wedding. A vision of ‘Hunter Green’, Earthy and natural, foraged finds and layers upon layers foliage. Not a flower to be seen, well we did have one or two in the bridal bouquet! David and Vicky’s vision almost Victoriana of a hunting scene, tweed clad a pheasant slung over ones shoulder and a shotgun half cocked on ones arm, herbs dried above the Aga. It was a very country scene, but yet was whimsical and romantic and opulent.

We LOVED creating this, as despite there being no flowers (bouquet excepted) we managed to create this  stunning wedding just with leaves…and some acorns, teasel, wheat and feathers…ok, lots of other stuff!!! The results were fab.

Photos are all taken by Graciela Vilagudin.

Reception venue Ballinacurra House Kinsale.

Foliage is the foundation of just about every arrangement, it is very rare that we ever don’t use foliage and to be honest, I love foliage. Foliage is just as diverse as flowers in its structure, texture and colour and I am constantly inspired by what foliage lends to an arrangement, often it is the foliage that creates the shape of what you are arranging and with crappy foliage comes crappy arrangements (but we never have those!) I am lucky really, every time I am on the hunt for something green I only have to step outside my door. My mother, spent relentless years, digging holes and carefully placing baby roots in the hope that the wild west cork winds wouldn’t tare it from the earth. Not only were trees and shrubs planted for their shelter belt purposes, but ever the keen arborist, Mum took it as a personal challenge to grow the most challenging and beautiful trees and shrubs. Now 20 years later we live in what one can only be described as a little wonderland of woodland, or not so little!

I have such a huge selection of foliage, Acers who follow me through the season, changing colours as we go. Old reliable like Oaks and Beech, (my favorite being the copper Beech who has an almost black leaf). My absolute favorite tree though is called Cercidiphyllum Japonicum. This is such a special little tree, I love it for many reasons, it comes into leaf early in the spring, little lime green leaves, shortly after the leaves darken, and begin to look as though they have been sprinkled with red dust, as the season moves towards Autumn, the leaves turn a beautiful amber and eventually into a liquid gold. As if this colour change was not enough, it is as the amber/gold phase of the tree that it does its most special trick…it smells like cooked marshmallows! I kid you not. And not faintly either, you can be walking across the lawns and you will get a very distinct whiff of roasted marshmallows wafting through the air. It makes my day every time.

  

Wedding trends have changed, moved away from the muted pastel high flower density of recent seasons now foliage heavy has come in with a bang. Whilst foliage heavy is a welcome change, flowers- usually big heavy headed strong coloured flowers were still taking center stage. Natasha and myself would spend hours carefully selecting, collecting and preparing foliage from the gardens, and get to the point in the arrangement where we thought it was almost a shame to add flowers; the arrangement was stunning just with greens, in all its depths and textures. We craved to create a foliage only wedding.

Our wish came true on 6th October this year. David and Vicky came to us with the vision for their wedding back in January 2016. A mere 22 months before their wedding. A vision of ‘Hunter Green’, Earthy and natural, foraged finds and layers upon layers foliage. Not a flower to be seen, well we did have one or two in the bridal bouquet! David and Vicky’s vision almost Victoriana of a hunting scene, tweed clad a pheasant slung over ones shoulder and a shotgun half cocked on ones arm, herbs dried above the Aga. It was a very country scene, but yet was whimsical and romantic and opulent.

We LOVED creating this, as despite there being no flowers (bouquet excepted) we managed to create this  stunning wedding just with leaves…and some acorns, teasel, wheat and feathers…ok, lots of other stuff!!! The results were fab.

Photos are all taken by Graciela Vilagudin.

Reception venue Ballinacurra House Kinsale.