June 24, 2015

How to: Make an arrangement from your garden

When I create a garden bouquet its about texture and shape, I don't want it to look flashy just green and lush with a couple blooms stealing the show.

  1. select your flowers and greens; you want 3 large blooms, handful of smaller flowers or greens, and leafy filler.
  2. consider your shape; I designed mine to flop over to the left using some sweet peas and grape vines to help the effect 
  3. arrange the flowers in a vase; (remember the larger the vase opening the looser and spread out your bouquet will be) starting with the filler, then smaller flowers or greens, lastly the large blooms

  • select a vase that is about twice the diameter of the stems of your flowers and greens when held in your hand
  • look for varieties in greens and texture if you don't have a lot of flowers and color
  • think of where the finished arrangement will be placed, this will help you decide on the size and shape
  • if you need help arranging consider buying one of these old fashioned but still helpful or take some chicken wire and scrunch it into your vase.  Both of these give your flowers something to hold on to
  • if you want a flower to look special in your arrangement don't use more than 3 of them and leave them a littler taller than the rest
  • you can always pick up a few blooms from the market and use the greens from your garden, doesn't take a lot to brighten up a room

up close: peonies, dusty miller greens and flowers, sweet pea greens

finished arrangement in vintage Ball jar
the arrangement's home next to some of my favorite things, my paintings, records, and vintage Mediterranean map

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