Flowers for Mother Mary

The Episcopal Church of the Advocate in Chapel Hill, NC is hosting a very unique and special event Friday and Saturday June 20th and 21st called “Mother Mary & Divine Feminine at Solstice.”  This event is a collaboration between artist Susan Wells and Lisa Fischbeck, Vicar of the Church of the Advocate.  Many other artists will be featured in the event as well.  Please go to Susan Well’s website for more information and the event schedule at http://susanwellssculpture.com/.

My Mother, Sheryl Cornett, is one of the artists featured and she asked me to make a flower arrangement for her table at the event.  I was delighted to spend an afternoon in my art form, arranging flowers for Mother Mary.  Below are photos of the process and the final arrangement as well as the ingredients in the arrangement.  Some of the different flowers and fillers stood for different aspects of Mary for me and I have included those below too.  Enjoy, I did!  All photos by Megan Cornett Leiss.

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All flowers and foliage from Spring Forth Farm‘s fields and forests

persimmon leaves, red maple leaves, honeysuckle, wild grape, wild cherry branches, dill, bupluerum, hydrangea, sunflowers, zinnias, snapdragons, queen anne’s lace, black-eyed susans, parsley flower

Dill and queen anne’s lace-the umbrel shape for Mother Mary’s comforting and covering persona

Red/burgundy snapdragons and zinnias-for the blood that Mother Mary and all women shed in child birth

Pink snapdragons and zinnias– for the feminine divine

Wild cherry branch– for the seed of faith that Mother Mary spreads in many women

Sunflowers– for the rising of the sun on Easter Day

Wild grape/wild honeysuckle vine- for the wildness of Mother Nature

Seasonal Flower Alliance (06/07/2014)

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As spring turns to summer the cool flowers slow down and the heat-loving flowers take their place, but the shift starts subtly. The poppies burn in the heat but the bachelor’s buttons look like they’ll never stop. The larkspur blooms in a flash, and the sunflowers and zinnias show promising buds.DSC_0021This post is part of an occasional series inspired by Erin Benzakein of Floret, who posts her own Seasonal Flower Alliance photos and invites others a respond with photos of their own seasonal bouquets.

DSC_0032This bouquet is made with larkspur, matricaria, bachelor’s buttons, calendula, nasturtium leaves, and calla lilies. They are such a treat to work with. I love how they slide down among everything else, barely peaking out but stunning in their beauty. These ones are called Captain Rosette.

Wildflower Wedding, May 31, 2014

May was a busy wedding month at Spring Forth Farm.  Clients are taking advantage of our DIY bucket of flowers we offer as well as the “a la carte” option for a mixture of DIY buckets with Spring Forth Farm making the bouquets and boutonnieres.  Jonathan and I put together a wedding with a “wildflower theme” for Saturday May 31, 2014.  Here are some photos of that process.  Enjoy the beauty of the flowers.

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Bridal Bouquet. Photo by Thomas Fisher.
Bridesmaids Bouquet
Bridesmaid’s Bouquet.
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Boutonnieres.
Boutonnieres.
Boutonnieres.

The handiwork for making boutonnieres and bouquets takes a lot of focus and organization.  We like to lay out the flowers as we work so that we aren’t scrambling to find what we need and to strip leaves off of the stems.  A year ago I spent a month at Harvest Moon Flower Farm where I first learned to build bouquets from experienced flower farmer, Linda Chapman.  We also used Fresh From the Field Wedding Flowers by Erin Benzakein and Lynn Byczynski, a wonderful book to help us continue to learn how to build bouquets and wire flowers for boutonnieres.  Spring Forth Farm wouldn’t be where we are now without these resources.

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Building a bridesmaid bouquet. Photo by Thomas Fisher.
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Making boutonnieres.

We cut the final few bunches of flowers for the DIY section of the order Saturday morning of the wedding before the flowers were picked up.  We love providing the freshest possible flowers to our customers.

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Cutting matricaria. Photo by Thomas Fisher.
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The wedding florals ready for pick up! Photo by Thomas Fisher.

The wedding flower pickup by the groom’s step-father on the morning of May 31, 2014.

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Photo by Thomas Fisher.

Congratulations to the happy couple!  We loved doing this wedding and love the opportunity to continue to improve our arranging skills.  We look forward to our next couple of weddings in June 2014.