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I am not a perfectionist. When it comes to flower arranging I probably fall more into the "Adventuresome Anne" or "Wild Wilma" category. (See previous post) Introduction to Flower Arranging. I'm as much in this learning process as you are. That's why I want to document my experience, so that you can feel the freedom to play around with flowers and not feel like you have to have the perfect, tight, put together, flower arrangement.
I picked the wrong week to find wild flowers in Georgia. The temperature dropped down to the twenties last night and everywhere I went to look for flowers they were either dead, or not yet bloomed. I ended up trimming a few trees in our back yard for the green foliage, I bought a few daisies, and I used a few fake flowers that I already had in my storage closet. (I'm not sure if I'm supposed to mix real flowers with fake flowers but I just went with it.) I'm trying to stick with Ms. Marianne's advice of, "using what you have."
While this is a tutorial, there really is no right or wrong way to arrange flowers. I want this to be a guide to help your own process and creativity in making arrangements.
Step 1. What you will need: Flower, branches, berries, anything you can find in your backyard. Wire cutters, and a vase. You also will want to have on hand floral tape, floral wire, and flower cutters. I didn't use these but I'm' sure I will sometime in the future.
Note: It's helpful to have a large table to be able to spread out all of your supplies. We have a farmhouse table which is perfect for flower arranging.
I recently read an article from The Magnolia Journal that said, "The vase is as much a part of your arrangement as the flowers are." This old fashioned white pitcher is my favorite vase because it gives instant character to any flower arrangement.
The green block is dry floral foam, something new that I have never used before. You put it at the bottom of your vase and fill it with water. It keeps your flowers hydrated and in place. This is game changer for me because usually my foliage flops all over the place, so it's nice to be able to stick it in the vase and not worry about it falling over.
Step 2. Begin by putting in filler branches first, (I never knew you were supposed to do this.) It really helps me be able to see where the bigger blooms would look best. I began by trimming the filler branches into different sizes and placing them in the pitcher.
Step 3. Add a few colorful filler pieces. For example I used red berries and lavender.
At this point it's looking a little crowded and wild so I took off some of the leaves.
Step 4. Start placing the main, focal point flowers in different places until you like the placement. I began with the white daisies and then the yellow ones.
I played around with the daisies by trimming them and cutting them into different lengths. I was very pleased with the result. As you can see this arrangement is not very tight, or perfect by any means but I love the look of it being more of a wildflower arrangement.
If you LOVE the pitcher that I used, this one from Amazon is swoon worthy and so affordable!
Flower arranging has always intimidated me and I've never like the way my flowers looked when I just plopped them in a vase. But since I've started this blog post series I've begun to enjoy the process and creativity that comes with arranging flowers. I hope this series gives you a few easy tools to use in your own life so that you can bring a little piece of beauty to your home!
Check back soon for more tips and tricks for arranging flowers!