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Flowers by season

Claire Ryan, The Informal Florist, is a self-taught floral designer. Her trademark? Surprise, surprise - it's informal! Claire likes to work with seasonal blooms in very relaxed, unstructured arrangements, and her work is breathtaking! We asked her to share her favorite blooms for all seasons.

Summer (above)

"Everything is in full bloom and there is so much to choose from. Everything is soft and feminine with blousy flowers and lush foliage in plentiful supply. I always look forward to working with beautifully scented, local roses."


"It's time for Café au Lait dahlias and berries. I love using these giant dahlias with plenty of texture and foliage that is beginning to turn. Autumnal tones are incredible."


"This time of year is about using lots of bare branches and evergreens in winter arrangements. It has to be all about earthy texture in winter. I love the bleakness of branches used alone but I admit to a little cheating with spring blooms like white anemones for winter weddings. I also like to increase the candlelight and add fruit to the table to make things a little richer and more banquet-like."


"The season of fritillaria, hellebore, ranunculus, lilac and so many more beautiful flowers. Color starts to creep back into palettes and short-stemmed flowers enjoy their moment. Definitely one of my favorite seasons to work with!"

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