Flower Focus - Snapdragon
Snapdragons are not something I fell in love with when I first started floristry. To be honest I didn't really like them for a long long time. They reminded me of old school traditional floristry everything was arranged in the shape of a triangle, there were all these rules, use 3 of this 5 of that, so the snaps where always hiding in the back giving the arrangement height.
It wasn't until I opened my shop front that I suddenly realised I don't have to live by the rules anymore. I don't have a boss looking over my shoulder, I stopped thinking about how I was arrangeing and just started creating. I decided that I would arrange flowers from the heart and in a way that made me happy and hope that it makes others happy (thank god people liked what I did or maybe Id now be a checkout chick) This is when I rediscovered Snapdragons.
As a cut flower Snapdragons are available all year round and come in a beautiful array of colours. White is my favourite, followed closely by softer pastel pinks, apricots. They also come in bright yellows, oranges and deep reds. They are one of the longer lasting cut flowers, if in fresh water they will easily last you 2 weeks in a vase.
Snapdragons give that scooped fresh from the garden feel to wedding flowers. Their lovely tall stems add a different texture to the large round blooms usually used. Although you will often see them mixed in with other flowers its when they are given room to be the star that they really start to give to an arrangement. A big vase full of snapdragons standing tall is simple yet beautiful and the fragrance is amazing.
Growing you own Snapdragons can be an easy way to add colour to your garden. They can tolerate frost so can be planted towards the end of winter ready to give you beautiful tall stems in spring and summer.
They need nutrient rich, well drained soil and like to be in full sun. Keep moist for the first few weeks after planting. Once they become established you won't need to worry to much, let soil dry out before watering. Cut down the top centre stem and any long side shoots to encourage a bushy plant with a higher number of flowering stems.
Next week I will be focusing on everyones favourite wedding flower the Peony.