David Austin

David Austin

David Austin

Common name: David Austin or English Rose
Botanical name: Rosa
Season: Late Spring and Summer

Dating back as far as the early 1900’s David Austin covers an extensive range of old English rose varieties and are named after rose breeder David Charles Henshaw Austin.

Renowned for their unique double, flat or slightly cupped flowers David Austin’s possess a distinct and lovely fruity fragrance and are sometimes mistaken for peony roses because of their tissue like texture and multi layered petals.

variety of david austen and garden roses

variety of david austen and garden roses

They are available in a large variety of pastel and deep red tones with tall and bushy like shrubs which can grow well in excess of two meters and can be grown as a freestanding hedge or trained as a small climber.
David Austin’s are abundant and fresh in the warmer summer months and are the perfect accompaniments for brides seeking an old world or vintage wedding theme.


Pineapple Lilies

Pineapple Lily

Common name: Pineapple Lily
Botanical name: Eucomis pallidiflora
Season: Summer

These lilies are native to South Africa and commonly known as Pineapple lilies because in many of the species the blooms resemble a pineapple. The name Eucomis is of Greek origin, eu- meaning “pleasing” and kome “hair of the head”, thus referring to the tuft of leaf-like heads that crown each flower

Still life

It is a perennial growing up to75 cm tall, bearing star shaped clusters of flowers in greenish-white, cream and yellow colours


Species can be found in grassland, forest, swamps and on river banks, but are absent from the drier regions.

It is a flowering ornamental and when planted they are a great attractor for butterflies and birds, so if you are looking to attract wildlife Pineapple Lily is a great choice.

Mary Anne and Denne

When I met Mary Anne I was delighted to find out that she was interested in using untraditional wedding blooms, and not long after our first meeting we quickly discovered a shared love of water lilies. The biggest challenge was to keep the water lilies open, candle wax held the more stubborn lily petals in place.

Here are some photos from Mary Anne and Denne’s wedding album. After so many years, reflecting on these photos I remember so well the joy I took in working with these uncoventional blooms and so grateful to MaryAnne and Denne for allowing me to share with everyone these beautiful photos


Mary Annes wedding cascade posy featuring water lilies, orchids, corder line and anthurium leaves together with some wired pearl embellishments provided by Mary Anne



I think we can all agree that this pair are a very gorgeous couple!


Gorgeous flower girl holding a posy bouquet of lisianthus, bouvarida and alstroemeria


Water Lily

Water lily

Common name: Water Lily
Botanical name: Nymphaea lotus
Season: Summer

Water lilies for me are the most intriguing flowers of all, a completely aquatic perennial plant which flowers in the warmer summer months. They can be found perched on large lily pads blossoming in various shades including white, pale pink, light blue and light purple tones.

In Buddhism the lotus flower holds strong symbolic value, rising above murky waters letting go of impurity of the body, speech, and mind its flowers blossom on long stalks as if floating above towards enlightenment. It is also symbolic of detachment as drops of water easily slide off its petals.

Water Lily buds

A trick for anyone wanting to encourage buds to open, gently twist the tip of the blossom bud. Also remember to keep the stems cut at an angle or better still allow the water lilies to be completely submerged and afloat to allow water to flow underneath the lily stem.

Rebecca and Mark Paton

In the process of getting Maple Florists new website underway I uncovered some unread emails including an email from Rebecca, a lovely bride from back in 2006!

Gorgeous lilies

Gorgeous lilies

Rebecca holding a cascade of lilies and orchids with some corderline and xanadu foliage

Lilies and roses

Lilies and roses

Pastel pink lilies and avalanche roses for Rebeccas bridesmaids

Bride and Groom

Bride and Groom


Maple Florist flower index – Peonies

Common name: Peony
Botanical name: Paeonia officinalis
Season: Late spring and early summer

Beautiful peonies are in abundance this time of year and are available in white ivory, pastel and dark pinks, corals and beautiful rich burgundy tones. Interestingly the pink peonies are often more fragrant then the maroon coloured peonies.

Traditionally peonies are used for celebrating the 12th wedding anniversary. Originating in China paintings of peonies are often seen hung on the wall in order to bring good luck. That fact comes as no surprise as I find that Peonies easily transform any space with their unparalleled beauty! Here are some photos taken of freshly cut peonies from the flower markets.

Elicia and James wedding

Maple Florist, Elicia and James wedding

Elicia and James had up to 30 guest tables that needed decorating and in keeping with their garden white wedding theme, the choice seasonal choice of feature flower was an easy one. White hydrangea’s together with some interesting textured chincherees and a touch of dusty pink and cream roses.

The reception venue was at the elegant Fontana Amarosa. A dream venue for suppliers because of the easy access and ample parking!

Maple Florist, Elicia and James wedding

Incorporating peonies was a must for Elicia’s bridal posy, their beauty is unparalleled! Peonies I think make the world a better place. And for the bridesmaids a smaller version but add to that some dusty pink roses.

Maple Florist, Elicia and James wedding

Maple Florist, Elicia and James wedding

And here is a close up of her toss posy. Featuring white roses, chincherees, camellia foliage and rice Flowers