It may seem easy to walk into a florist’s shop and choose a bunch of flowers in the wink of an eye. But it’s easier than you think to create your own equally professional flower bouquet. We show you how.
Choose long stems of foliage that will give height to your arrangement — sword fern leaves work well. Add a few flowers of the same length, then add flowers like roses, proteas and lilies to form focal points. The flowers that you use as fillers will depend on your own taste, the occasion, the space in which they are to be placed and the final container. Small flowers like Michaelmas daisies and baby’s breath will give the arrangement a wispy appearance, while chrysanthemums provide more structure.
You will need:
- 1 bunch cream and 1 bunch rust-coloured chrysanthemums
- 1 bunch foxgloves
- 5 pincushions
- 3 large white chrysanthemums
- 2 sheets tissue paper
- Clean the last two-thirds of the stems. Begin to make your arrangement by placing two flower stems across one another. Add a third stem to cross with these two.
- Turn the arrangement slightly in your hand and add a few more stems. Ensure that all the stems cross over in the same direction. The stems will soon form a spiral. Distribute the flowers evenly from the outset. Try to arrange the same flowers at the same level. It will help if you keep a mirror nearby, especially if you’re making a large bunch, so that your arrangement is balanced. If you’re only using a few large blooms (such as the large white chrysanthemums in this example), leave them until last. You can place them afterwards. Simply ensure that you place the stems in the same direction as the rest of the bunch. This will make sure the large blooms are evenly spread.
- Bind the bunch tightly with raffia and snip the stems to an even length. A good test of balance is if the bunch stands upright after it has been bound.
- To finish off the arrangement, fold two squares of tissue paper diagonally. Hold the bunch upside down and place the middle of the folded side where the flowers have been bound. Do the same with the second sheet of paper. You could use adhesive tape to glue the sheets together, but if you work correctly all you need is another piece of raffia or a piece of ribbon to tie the paper. And voila! There you have a lovely wrapped gift. You could also use brown paper or plastic instead of tissue paper. A length of lace also makes a lovely alternative to ribbon or raffia.
Extract taken from Flowers simply beautiful — a guide to contemporary flower arranging by Ansia Kohrs. Published by METZ PRESS