Although The Gracious Posse is still dormant, I’m emerging from that state for a quick post to supplement a how-to video I produced with the help of some fellow garden club gals (credits at the end of the video).
Before I joined my two garden clubs I had a true fear of flower arranging. Having heard the words you just have to try one too many times, I thought perhaps the words had merit.
The video provides just enough how-to but doesn’t have time for in-depth instruction. Check out the details below. Beginning with the Directions section, the tips follow the titles on the video.
Cut 1/2″ from bottom of stems and place in a bucket of cool water overnight, except for pussy willow
- 12-18 stems daffodils – place in separate bucket of water
- 12-18 stems iris
- garden or store-bought greens – we used euonymus and variegated acuba
- lenten rose – several stems
- pussy willow – do NOT put in water to condition
- trash bag to protect work space
- glass bowl or vessel for arrangement
- oasis (floral foam) to secure flowers in a shape
- cutting sheers – preferably with bright colored handles so they don’t get lost in the plant material
- clear or green floral tape – see first step below
- lazy susan – optional
- Thoroughly soak the oasis in water. Place in a clean vessel. If it doesn’t fit snugly, then tape it down on the sides to keep it in place. Add water to vessel.
- Define your arrangement’s shape with a line using the euonymus. Strip off lower leaves and cut a small piece from the end before placing in oasis. Begin in the center and add a few more of the same material to make more straight lines around the center. Start adding to the sides and to the front, adding outward and at angles, securing in oasis. Be careful – once you have inserted plant material into the oasis, you should not remove or re-position it or you will risk introducing harmful bacteria and air bubbles into the arrangement.
- After establishing a shape, bring in color at the top with flowers. Begin with iris, stripping off the leaves before inserting into the foam.
- Keep turning the arrangement, this is where a lazy susan is helpful, to find holes to fill.
- Add acuba at an angle, particularly at the bottom of the arrangement to cover up the oasis. Remove damaged leaves.
- Add daffodils, interspersing throughout the iris.
- Trim and add the pussy willow for height.
- Add lenten rose for a natural garden look and to fill holes.
- Continue to turn your arrangement. You want it to look like it’s NOT from a florist.
- Less is more. Your eye will tell you when you are finished.
- Don’t throw away any plant material until you are completely sure you are done. If you have leftovers, you can make smaller arrangements, but you might also need smaller pieces of greenery to fill small gaps or cover the oasis.
With Historic Garden Week in Richmond around the corner (April 25-27) we are keen to see what the talented floral designers from each of the four sponsoring clubs create to wow the visitors this year. Each one will tell you to go ahead, just try it! I hope today’s post gives you the tips to see how fun and easy flower arranging can be.
p.s. You can purchase tickets to Historic Garden Week online here and save on the ticket price. Online sales close 48 hours prior to each tour.
April 19, 2018