At Wylde lately we've been relishing in the warm burst of color that the transition from Spring to Summer presents. The abundance of local blooms these days makes our time in the studio feel fresh and lively as we play with new color palettes and textures.
Hannah has been cultivating a cut flower garden just a few miles from our shop for the last year and a half, so in joining Nikelle at Wylde she brought her cut flower production skills to the partnership. Hannah and Nikelle now work together to bring as many garden-fresh blooms to the shop as possible. Keeping a flower garden productive throughout the season is a continual work in progress, but the rewards are palpable. It makes such a difference in our design work to have the freshest possible materials. When we're growing our own, we can hand-select the best stems for the color palette or texture desired. We'll go into more depth on the history of the garden and our production techniques in another post (soon!), but first we wanted to celebrate and share with you the lively, color forward blooms of the season.
This summer we're growing a richly varied selection of zinnias, cosmos, celosia, amaranth, nicotiana, sunflowers, rudbeckia, nasturtiums, tomatoes, and flowering vines. In addition to these annuals, some of our favorite perennials like coral bells, baptisia, artemesia, bronze fennel and mountain mint lend texture and interest to our work. Herbs like variegated pineapple mint, lemon verbena, scented geranium and purple basil engage the senses with their delicate leaf shapes and uplifting aromas.
In addition to cutting from our garden, we love shopping at Piedmont Wholesale Flowers, a brand new market in Durham that connects florists to local flower growers. Right now the market is not open to the public, but we trust this is just the beginning of the slow flowers movement in the Triangle, which can evolve with community support into a network of markets that bring seasonal, locally grown beauty to the public.
What better way to welcome Summer than with an arrangement of locally grown blooms? Stop by and see us in the shop - we have everything you need to bring nature indoors.