When I began my website, I focused on teaching DIY brides how to make their own wedding flowers and save money. My online store carried the necessary products that florists use to treat and design flowers. My intent was to sell the hard goods and recommend quality wholesale websites for the bride's needs.
I was discouraged, however, to read the fine print on many popular flower sites and see that they demanded that my customers buy in large quantities. This is frustrating. How many brides actually NEED ten bunches of filler flower?
This rather restricts the bride from buying several different flower varieties and a mix of interesting greenery. I believe the farm's main goal is to sell a lot of their main crop (roses) and discourage the sale of greenery. (Why else would it be priced so high?)
I have begun offering fresh flowers (available in single bunches) to my customers along with everything else they need to create beautiful flower (while actually saving money!)
I encourage every bride to use the Wedding Flower Calculator to create flower recipes and know exactly how much they need to order. This allows her to have more freedom once freed from having to order in such large quantities.
Anemones are what florists would refer to as a "tender flower". They don't have quite as long of a life span as other flowers (such as roses) and the stems are fragile and have to be used carefully.
They are commonly referred to as Poppies (remember Wizard of Oz?). This flower likes cool temperatures and cool water. It helps extend the life if you store in a refrigerator while waiting on your wedding day.
They are a very water loving flower - so don't let the stems become dry. Mist well with a flower sealant after designing to help seal the petals and avoid moisture loss.
Like tulips, anemones will continue to grow after cut - so allow for this while designing with them.
Some wholesale flower sites insist you buy large quantities, but you can buy single bunches from my store site, mixing with other flower varieties and greenery.
Realize that the color fades on this flower as it ages and the vibrant color may lessen. It is best on DIY flowers to understand the nature of different flower varieties before deciding on the ones you want to use.
Here is a video with great tips on working with Anemones by Pacific Callas. If you place them in florist foam, be sure to use a foam like Oasis MaxLife, which is designed to help the flowers last longer.
Don't just roughly poke the flower stems into the foam, but give a sharp clean cut, then gently work in with fingertips close to foam surface so that the stems aren't damaged.
Video Courtesy Pacific Callas