March is a great month for a wedding in Tasmania. The days are still warm but the autumn rains have usually begun meaning that the tired summer grass is refreshed and the landscape starts to green up again. In March 2016, I provided flowers for a wedding in Northern Tasmania. March is great for native flowers too. The flowers that are blooming have a fresh, autumn glow the combinations of colours and textures can be so beautiful.
Wanting soft pinks, greens and creams, I was able to use one of my favourite late summer flowers, the Banksia Baxterii. It is a creamy white banksia also called the Birdsnest Banksia because of its shape. I teamed it with a Protea White Ice, a gorgeous creamy white protea that in autumn has a purplish tinge to its centre.
Flowering Brunia Albiflora, with the "berries" completely covered by their flowers was also one of the focal flowers, with 2 Protea Compacta in clear pink either side. I love the leaves of the Banksia Baxterii which you can see in this photo. They are a striking zig zag shape which add to the structure of the the design.
Flowering lemon-scented tea tree foliage, blue Eucalyptus Risdonii foliage and the purplish silver swirls of Leucadendron Galpinii were some of the foliages used. A few early green leucadendrons and some silvery grey gum nuts were the final ingredients.
For the groom, I used a Banksia Baxterii leaf with its strong zig zag shape. It was softened with more blue eucalyptus foliage, some flowering tea tree and a fine, yellow-green leucadendron. A gum nut and some Brunia Albiflora 'berries' in flower were also used.
Boutonnieres look great all lined up! I loved using these special little gum nuts.
I really enjoyed using the super-fresh autumn natives to create this bouquet - its a pleasure to work with blooms that are looking their best.