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HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN BOUQUET

Floristry was an honorable ability in times since ancient Egypt that brought beauty to homes. Wikipedia reports that floral vases were arranged in 2000 BCE early!

A hand-picked bouquet is available but we'll focus in this post on a (running) round  bouquet. This basically means that all your trunks are rotating in the same way. The finish is clean and appealing. It guarantees that even the stalks in the vase look good!

TO BEGIN WITH

 

 

It's helpful to remember in which vase your flowers want to be displayed before you start. This helps you to reflect on the dimensions, but don't get too stuck in them. Sometimes it's all right to challenge the rules and it depends how formal you want to be.

It is also a good idea to collect your instruments and clear a small space for work. It's all your vase, water, cutters, twins and scissors you really need.

WHAT FLOWERS DO I USE!?

 

This is entirely up to you but there are a few things you may like to consider.

1.Try to choose blooms where the stems are a similar length so that they all reach the water at around the same time. Of course a little Peach Blossom is a compact hand-tied bouquet full of sunset toned blooms.

2.Take the strength of the stems into consideration, especially if they are from your garden as some will flop more quickly. This can influence your placement choice

3.Do you want a mix of blooms or all the same type?

4.Do you want a mix of colors or want them to be kept within the same range of colours

5.How long do you need them to last?

6.Are you making a big bouquet or a little one?

7.Take into account what style you want to make. In this post we will not enter but consider whether you want a looser or a tighter style? Would you like to group or spread your flowers evenly in color or type? Are you interested in highlighting one or two focal bloom or many similarly weighted blooms

8.What foliage/greenery if any would you like to use.

So much to think about!  Don’t worry!  Trial and error is part of the learning process and every time you make a bouquet you will get better.

LET’S GET STARTED

 

 

1.Clean the foil, both flowers and greenery, from the lower half of your stems. You might need to clean a little later, but at this stage you would not like to strip them naked. The goal is to simplify handling but also to make the water as clean as possible. Once submerged in the water, many leaves break down rather quickly. This can shorten the life of your flowers by the bacteria that may breed

2.You can lay your flowers and greenery side by side in an ideal world if you have space. Keep together like flowers. It's easier to see what you're working on.

3.Start with one of your strongest stalks, which you want towards the center of the bouquet. Then, when you see fit, pick it up and add one more flowers or some greenery. Do this for a few more people and make sure all your trunks turn in the same direction (pointing).

4.If you add more, you have to turn your hand on the bouquet to make sure all sides are taken into account. You can spiral in the opposite direction or clockwise as long as the stem continues in the same direction. It takes a bit to get used to it but it isn't that difficult once you get there.

5.Stop and check what the bouquet looks like when you add more. Often blooms are blooming as you work and "lapses" are emerging. You may need to "shuffle" them back, or add another flower into space if that happens. This can be done by loosing your grip on the stalks and filling the bouquet with bloom. Ensure that the stem is fed in the same way as the rest.

6.While you're going to need to firmly grasp your bouquet, don't take too close a bouquet to break any stalks.

7.You might want to think of the heights of every bloom when you rotate the bouquet. Even once cut, Tulips, for example, some flowers continue to grow. Maybe you want different flower levels or may want to have different blooms at different levels. Just consider that your bouquet probably won't be seen directly from above (unless you have a very short vase). A more natural floral graduation often looks better.

8.If yo1u have particularly weak stalks, place them in the middle of the bouquet so that their surroundings can be supported.

9.Once you come to the outside consider whether you want greenery to hide some of the stems or to keep the stems in mind slightly lower.

10.Whilst it's normal to try and make a bit of mistake, don't try handling your flowers as they get broken.

11.Once you are done, firmly tie your bouquet with some twine to secure it.

12.Fill your vase with water.

13.Judge whether you have to shorten the stems so that your bouquet is fine or sits in the vase as it is fine. And put in the vase your flowers.

14.Done!

15.Enjoy!

 

Don't be strange too much about your earliest experience. We will help you to cover all of the technical  difficulties you have made.

Sounds too much like hard work?  Then order one of our hand-tied bouquets and we will do it all for you! 

 

 

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