How To Style Spring Blooms Like a Professional Florist
Spring is in, which means there’s an abundance of beautiful flowers to be enjoyed around our homes. Nothing brightens a dull white wall better than a beautiful posy in front of it (and nothing makes a room more ‘grammable than a fresh bunch). But, somehow, they never look quite so good once arranged with our own fair hands, do they? A workshop with Grace & Thorn shed plenty of light on where we were going wrong, and left us with some wisdom to share.
PICK YOUR POSY
Whether it’s a couple of shop-bought stems or some from your own (OK, Mum and Dad’s) garden, choose a mix of complementary colours, leafy foliage and budding blooms to create your floral display.
CONDITION YOUR STEMS
The most important step of the entire process, this preliminary procedure will make the difference between average and exemplary. Take each single stem and tear off the leaves (you can use scissors for more stubborn stems, especially for rose thorns). As you do it, picture how you’ll be displaying the bouquet (consider the height of your vase), so you can get an idea of how far up the stem to remove the foliage. As a rule of thumb, halfway up works well.
ARRANGE YOUR STEMS
Once every stem is conditioned, it’s time to arrange them. Use your dominant hand to pass them into your undominant one (so if you’re right-handed, pass from right to left), and slot each stem behind the other. Then, after each addition, use a ‘quarter turn’ to twist it into place amongst the rest. Try to use a system of foliage vs flower every other turn, so that your bouquet is a beautiful blend of bloom, bud and leaves. Consider also varying the heights of each stem – leafier additions can look lovely extending further out of the top, creating more breadth to the overall bouquet once displayed in a vase.
FINESSE YOUR ARRANGEMENT & CUT THE STEMS
Once all the stems are in place, you should find you’re able to move them around relatively easily. If you want a specific flower as a focal point (such as a single rose) put this into the centre. Likewise, if there is a bundle of foliage in one clump, you can begin to intersperse it throughout the bouquet. You’ll find you have lots of straggly stems of different lengths hanging beneath your hand. Cut them all to a similar length (again, consider the height of your vase here). Always cut stems diagonally, as this increases the surface area for water uptake, making the flowers last longer.
DISPLAY THEM IN A VASE
Now simply display them in a vase of your choice. Remember to change the water every 2-3 days to get the most out of them.
Do you have any tips and tricks to share?