Clematis Flowers Take the Cake

Clematis on a wedding cake

If you are getting married and would like a flower that is out of the ordinary for decorating your wedding cake, may I recommend using clematis.  I guess you can say I’m biased, but I think clematis make a gorgeous addition florally to the wedding reception’s main focus (other than the bride of course), the cake. 

Before I go on though, I would be remiss if I did not disclose that clematis, sadly, do not like to be left out of water.  Unlike flowers such as orchids, roses, freesias, etc., which can be placed on the cake in advance, cut clematis aren’t quite as irrepressible and appreciate a little something to drink for their efforts.  With that in mind, the floral designer (or whoever will be doing the floral placements) needs to wait until the last possible moment before positioning the clematis on the cake. As much as I wish I could, it is difficult to predict their life expectancy when off the vine and out of water because there are several significant variables involved.  The age of the bloom, was it properly conditioned, the heat and/or humidity of the venue etc., are all determining factors when it comes to longevity.

As an alternate to merely shoving the flowers into the cake may I suggest inserting the clematis stems into miniature water tubes (or floral water picks) and then into the cake.  This would ensure that the clematis would be hydrated throughout the event.  I used these picks when I made a “clematis hat” for a luncheon where the hostess requested that all of her guests wear a hat and they worked like a charm.

Proud Mom decorating wedding cake with clematis

In the 80’s when I had my floral business and before I discovered clematis, these beauties (to the best of my knowledge) were not commercially available as cut flowers.  However, Lady Luck blessed me with a very special opportunity to use them when my daughter, Emily got married.  As she was growing up I tried to instill in her the attributes of picking the month of May when getting married as this is the most opportune time for the largest selection of romantic cut-flowers.  I guess all my parental counseling paid off because in 2009 she graciously selected the “Magical Month of May” to marry her wonderful Prince Charming, Chris.  Above is a picture of their wedding cake that I decorated.  As you can see, it had an assortment of clematis blooms as well as some lilac and Geraldton wax flowers.  Delphiniums buds were used to complete the design.  I hope you like it and will inspire you to consider adding the incredible ingredient clematis to your wedding cake recipe.

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