Every Day Flower Designs

Sunflowers for your wedding and every day design

Emily Alyssa Photography    was the photographer for this    Rust Manor House    wedding in Leesburg, Virginia.

Emily Alyssa Photography was the photographer for this Rust Manor House wedding in Leesburg, Virginia.

Emily Alyssa Photography took this image of a Sunflower laden mantle at Rust Manor House.

Emily Alyssa Photography took this image of a Sunflower laden mantle at Rust Manor House.

At least five or six times each year we work with couples who use Sunflowers as the signature flower in their wedding designs. It’s remarkable how definitive these couples are about the selection of Sunflowers. Understandably, we work with a lot of clients who spend time deliberating between the flowers associated with a lot of weddings like Garden Roses, Peonies, Dahlia, Ranunculus and Lisianthus. The time these couples spend reviewing blooms is a critical part of the consultation process. Sunflower lovers are nearly always sold on the stem long before we’ve met them. In fact, they often treat Sunflowers with a bit of reverence and are excited to learn more about the flowers they can use to complement them.

Part of the J. Morris Flowers Summer Collection.    Shop now.

Part of the J. Morris Flowers Summer Collection. Shop now.

We feel a similar reverence for Sunflowers. If you look at the Spring, Summer and Fall collections at J. Morris Flowers, you will almost always find a least one designs that include Sunflowers. We love these large and expressive blooms on their own or mixed with white, blue, yellow, purple, burgundy, orange, green and even red. Sunflowers suit a tall vase or a pitcher, like the one shown to the right, but also shorter cylinders or even a boat-shaped vase. This year, we’ve been using Sunflowers since early Spring for our delivered designs and, of course, weddings.

Choosing Sunflowers for your wedding

Centerpieces in an elegant gold compote with Sunflower and Delphinium for the blue in this couple’s palette. Photography by Emily Alyssa Photography.

Centerpieces in an elegant gold compote with Sunflower and Delphinium for the blue in this couple’s palette. Photography by Emily Alyssa Photography.

We find that most couples choose Sunflowers because they love the cheerful look of the blooms, as if the flower itself exudes joy. Other couple choose Sunflowers because of something very personal. They will often take a moment to reminisce about time spent with a favorite family member who loved the bloom, a special garden recalled from their childhood or a vacation spot near fields of wildflowers. Sunflowers, and those that can tend them, deserve the reverence these wedding couples express. Growing a dinner-plate sized bloom on a tall stalk that twists toward the morning sun while fending off heavy rain and wind is a great achievement.

Sunflowers are not exclusively Bohemian or rustic. This Rust Manor House (Leesburg, Virginia) included a beautiful mantle of sunflowers, greenery and candles with centerpieces designed in gold compotes. In fact, this Fall, we are working with a couple who will be using Sunflowers in the Dumbarton House in Washington DC.

A second centerpiece option included Sunflowers and Delphinium in a wreath around this gold lantern. Photography by Emily Alyssa Photography at Rust Manor House.

A second centerpiece option included Sunflowers and Delphinium in a wreath around this gold lantern. Photography by Emily Alyssa Photography at Rust Manor House.

As florists, we work with several varieties of Sunflower that come in different sizes allowing us to design for both every day and weddings. As they arrive in studio, we parcel the blooms out based on size using the smallest for personal flowers, the largest for focal structures and mantles and the rest in centerpieces and accents. We often work with traditional Sunflowers but love specialized varieties like Strawberry Sunflower, a bloom we tend to use in our Fall designs alongside Dahlias and Mums.

We are always available to share more about designing your event or wedding with Sunflowers. Use this link to contact us now.

The Flowers of Summer at J. Morris Flowers

Designs from our Flower Market and Artisan Collections for J. Morris Flowers.

Designs from our Flower Market and Artisan Collections for J. Morris Flowers.

One of my favorite things about summer is al fresco dining. From the moment the weather turns warm, my family and I take as many meals as we can outside. Summer foods are so fresh and fun and I find it so relaxing to sit among the native trees and plants that make Virginia some of the prettiest countryside in the world. I have always said that food and flowers make the perfect pairing, a concept that became ingrained in me during my collegiate study abroad in Grenoble, France. While living with my host family, I joined my adoptive mother almost daily at the local market where she chose fresh breads, cheese, meat, vegetables and flowers. I quickly learned that the French arrange fresh flowers for nearly every meal as a complement to the food and wine that they serve. I loved it and I was hooked!

Sunflowers and Delphinium explode out of this blue pitcher vase with greens and Yarrow to complement.

Sunflowers and Delphinium explode out of this blue pitcher vase with greens and Yarrow to complement.

My inspiration for the Summer Collection is al fresco dining with an added twist, fresh flowers. Outdoor living spaces are becoming an extension of the home and I hope you’ll find a place for one of our designs on your table.

Artisan and Flower Market Designs

We separate our floral designs into two different groupings called Artisan and Flower Market. I will talk a little bit more about the Market Collection below. The Artisan collection is a set of intricate, highly skilled designs. I always love a lush, full design, but for summer, I have selected flowers that are light and airy so that light pours through the spaces between the flowers.

Purple and peach combine in the sage green pot with a lovely design. This is part of the Artisan Collection at J. Morris Flowers.

Purple and peach combine in the sage green pot with a lovely design. This is part of the Artisan Collection at J. Morris Flowers.

If you look closely at the vases, you’ll see that I have selected solid pieces, vases and pots with substance, especially those made from stone. The color palettes within this collection are vibrant. You’ll see I combined peach with purple and yellow with pink to create a summertime feel.

Snapdragons en masse in a design we call Wine Flight for the Chardonnay, Rose and Merlot coloring.

Snapdragons en masse in a design we call Wine Flight for the Chardonnay, Rose and Merlot coloring.

The Market Collection, on the other hand, celebrates the vintage flowers of summer like Snapdragon, Delphinium and Asters. The designs in this group are simpler, but only because I play on the strength of one single flower variety in different colors. The volume of flowers and color in each of these designs make them quite impactful. Snapdragon and Delphinium are leggier stems, heavy in petals or florets, that come in beautiful color tones. They bend and express themselves creating movement in the design. They are a heritage bloom, something you might have found in your grandmother’s garden. Did you ever clip a Snapdragon floret off its’ stem as a kid? So many of our customers remember holding the little floret between their thumb and index finger, moving it and speaking as if it were a little mouth. Did you know that Snapdragon blooms from the bottom up? That’s why the tips of the flowers are green when they are first cut.

Delphinium and Snapdragon leading ladies in two Market Collection designs, wine not included.

Delphinium and Snapdragon leading ladies in two Market Collection designs, wine not included.

Asters are another summer favorite and come in some of the best colors of the season. Used alone they create a full mounded look. All of these flowers, Snapdragon, Delphinium and Asters are long lasting.

If you look at our catalog, you’ll see that the pricing for Artisan Collection begins with lush, full designs above $85. The Market Collection ranges from $65 to $85. It is our hope that you will find a design within the price range that you have set for the occasion. Sometimes a simple pot of flowers is all a friend needs to get a needed lift, a good time to look to our Market Collection. If you’re celebrating an anniversary or a benchmark birthday, you may find something more appropriate in our Artisan Collection.

 A special thank you to Michelle Lindsay, a local Leesburg florist who we rely on for her exquisite photography. Shop now by clicking on a photo below.

Why Send a Flower Wrap?

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What an exciting Mother’s Day at J. Morris Flowers. It was record breaking for us and we loved spending the whole week surrounded by our favorite Spring blooms. To top it off, so many of our customers chose to send or a wrap of flowers, and I loved it.

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Why? Two reasons. First, the way we package a wrap appeals to my sense of style, it feels modern and sophisticated. We use market paper, twine and ribbon with letting the tops of the spring blooms peer out from the paper. I always say, women are hard wired for flowers. And, if it feels like the flowers and greens were handpicked just for us, we feel loved and appreciated. Second, it tells me that there are more and more talented people in Loudoun County who have an interest in working with flowers themselves, creating a design that suits their personal style.

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We make it easy order a wrap. Whether you order on-line, call in advance or walk-in for a wrap on the go, we will take a few important steps to make sure that your gift has the impact you were hoping for. First, we’ll select a medley of flowers that will be make for a balanced design with colors and contrast that work well together. Then, we’ll process each flower by trimming the bottoms and clearing the excess foliage that mildews in water. We peel away the guard petals so the inner flower shows. We’ll even take some time to prepare a basic weave of the flowers so they could go right into a vase if desired.

 If we’re delivering a wrap for you, we can tube the stems so they have a source of water while they wait for the receiver to begin their design.

 A wrap does not come in a vase. (Thought I should make sure thats clear.) That’s why it’s important that the recipient has a small collection of vases with which to work. Maybe your not sure that they do. Contact Meredith in our studio, we have quite a few outstanding items that are available for retail purchase, and yes, we will deliver that, too. It really is important to have a good collection of vases and the search for unique vases can get addicting. That may be the perfect thing to buy for that loved one who has everything. My sister picks the vase she wants to use for the weekly flowers she arranges before she picks the flowers. A different vase for each season is a nice idea, and you may want to buy a short and tall vase for varied designs. So add vases to the list of things that you can buy for that special someone in your life who has a fancy flowers. You can never have enough scarves and you can never have enough vases.

Ready to give a flower warp a try. Check out our Collections pages to see what we have to offer.