This spectacular plant is a shrub or a small tree. In Spring its true flowers appear – these are a creamy white and fairly small. As the flowers are pollinated, the pinky red bracts emerge holding a seed.
The combination of the pinky red bracts and creamy flowers in profusion amongst dull green leaves is a sight that is breath taking. Imagine armfuls of Christmas bush adding a cloud of colour to your tables. Or use them in large containers to line an entrance or aisle.
These flowers would enhance a colour scheme based on browns, creams, ivories and whites, or match the colour of the flower to a fabric for bridesmaids dresses, table runners, invitations or bridal shoes.
Before I officially shut this computer down for the year (or try to anyway!), I have a few great things I wanted to mention!
We have posts lined up right through the break, so if you’re feeling like some reading or an escape from the craziness of the festive season, be sure to check in! I’ll be back “officially” on January 4th. So many exciting things are happening in 2010 I can’t wait to get started!
It was so difficult to choose I have to do a post on the designs that just missed out! I love the collection this year and you can also check out the favourites of other bloggers such as Anne from Perfect Bound, Kathryn from Snippet & Ink and Ami from Elizabeth Anne Designs. Sample packs of each trendsetter’s favourites are available in a keepsake box with ink and paper samples with the proceeds from the sale of each pack going to a chosen organisation supporting sustainability and the environment.
My first selection is everything you need for a bridal shower in the garden! I was inspired by the Liberty print of the cupcake cups and thought of lace, butterflies, cupcakes and pretty things under the dappled shade of a tree! The little silver birds add a quirky touch. You can see my selection here.
Real Weddings Magazine are launching a brand new website next month. You can sign up to be notified of the launch here. With all of the recent wedding magazine closures in the USA, I’m really excited to see what Australian weddings magazines doing brand new things!
I’m joining the fun bloggers of Antibride! The lovely Carolyn recently visited Australia and fell in love with the country. She loves our laid back lifestyle and has asked me to guest post on the Antibride blog once a month! Christened Aussie Bride, my first post goes live on the 30th of December, so be sure to keep an eye on Antibride!
Platinum Weddings is premiering their new season in the US on WeTV on January 3rd and Polka Dot Bride readers can view a sneak peek here. The video is only able to be viewed within the US, so if you’re in America please let me know what you think!
Have any pre Christmas news to share? I’d love to know!
These flowers are indigenous to Western Australia and are its floral emblem, but cultivars are now in gardens all over Australia. The flowers are long lasting when cut and grow on long stems. They come in sage greens, dull yellows, green and red. The buds are long and curved, often opening to reveal an entirely different colour within.
A wonderful feature of the kangaroo paw is that is covered in fine hairs which gives it a velvety or suede like appearance. The hairs are sometimes in a different colour from the underlying flower, such as a pale green flower covered in red hair, adding to its luminous quality.
Use this beautiful and different flower as an inspiration for a wedding colour scheme and feature it in large bunches in rustic tubs or pristine glassware. Strappy grey green, sage and red leaves need be the only other adornment.
These evergreen grassy plants grow where there is sandy soil and moisture, often along coastal regions. (Have you ever seen them growing wild on the coastal plain near Lake Cathie, NSW?)
The bells nod their heads on long stems and are quite thick in texture. They form from red and green buds and the hanging bells are bright red graduating to yellow at the tips of the petals – almost as if they have been painted. Imagine these in a ‘sculptural’ wedding bouquet amongst seed pods, gumnuts and vines, or as the main feature amongst more delicate native blossoms.
Think bottle brush, grevillea, leucadendrons, wattles, yellow pea flowers or tea tree blossoms to name a few. Add a few eucalyptus leaves and green gumnuts and you have a bouquet that will take your breath away.