Floral Design Tips

DIY spring bouquet

bouquet single blooms
DIY bouquet single blooms
You really don’t need to have a lot blooms to produce a striking bouquet, as evidenced here in this pretty posy created by Chelsea Fuss over at Frolic. I’m all for eclectic bouquets. It means that even if you have just one rose and just one tulip and just one rununculus, etc, you can still pull off a lovely display. Click on over to Chelsea’s site for DIY instructions.

Martha does it best

Spring flowers

This gorgeous page design comes from the 2011 spring issue of Martha Stewart Weddings. Design-wise, it’s quite simple, but it’s super stunning, with its beautiful flowers, exquisite colour and classy script. Sigh.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's bouquet

The simplest bouquets are the most striking, I reckon, and this bouquet, with raspberry red roses, is perfect. These are David Austin roses called ‘Darcey’, and they’re grown specifically for the cut flower market. That means they’re unavailable for you and me to grow, but there is a similar rose, ‘Darcey Bussell’, which is available as a garden rose.
Once again, the clever Carolyn Parker dazzles us with her stunning photography.

Use your fruit and veggies in bouquets

Artichoke bouquets

Overrun with artichokes? Stuck with a surplus of pears? Use your excess fruit and vegetables to create stunning bouquets that look good enough to eat. Dainty daisies rub shoulders with bold edibles in these brash bouquets that feature over here. Artichokes have long enough stems to sit nicely in bouquets. Poke stiff florist’s wire through pears to secure them to the bunch.

The versatile hydrangea

Hydrangeas and roses
Hydrangeas in tall vaseBicoloured hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are truly versatile flowers – and prolific, particularly when you have several bushes in your backyard. At the moment I’ve got them coming out my ears. Just as well I have a sizable glass and ceramic vase collection. Hydrangeas, apparently, last much longer in glass vases than metal ones. I can’t say I’ve tested the theory, but that’s from the Flower Council of Holland, so it must be true. If you’re not a fan of glass vases you can cheat by putting them inside larger containers or by tying pieces of bark around the vase, as above. No time to whip up a fancy, multi-bloom arrangement? Snip off the hydrangea flower heads and place them in a tall vase of water. So simple and so chic.

White hydrangeasRed hydrangeas and anthuriumshydrangeas and carnations
White hydrangeas are my absolute favourite. White hydrangeas in white ceramic vases. Although red hydrangeas come a very close second. Above, red hydrangeas mix with red chrysanthemums and waxy, red anthuriums. The bottom photo shows a mix of carnations, lisianthus and baby’s breath (gypsophila). Nice.

Want to know how to change the colour of your hydrangeas? Click here.

Rustic wreath

Rustic wreath from Studio Choo
I do like this simple yet eye-catching rustic wreath. And I love that the girls at Studio Choo (via Design Sponge) have used it as an overgrown chandelier. They created it for Thanksgiving celebrations, but you can design a similar wreath for Christmas using red roses in place of peonies. All you need are a few pliable branches (lichen optional), colourful leaves and seed heads (amaranthus is ideal) and a couple of blooms for additional colour.

Flax packs a punch

Calla and flax

The long strappy leaves of flax are super stylish in the garden, but check out how they could look in a bouquet. This insanely easy design uses calla lilies and a fine-looking collar of beargrass, but you could also use coloured flax. Just split it in half (or thirds) and loop it into a fancy flounce. See how it’s done here.

Chic table decor

Chic table decor
An array of glass vases displaying single blooms screams elegance to me. Add silk butterflies and you have a picture-perfect floral display. If you’re short on flowers but awash with vases, this is the perfect solution. From Pale & Interesting.

Wild violet centrepieces

Wild violets

You gotta love wildflowers. They’re so free and easy. Case in point: wild violets. Each winter through spring these pee-wee perennials form prostrate mats of creeping stems with dainty purple flowers. I know they’re tenacious (lawn enthusiasts may despise them), but I adore their diminutive good looks as they make their way across the garden floor.

Turns out they make great cut flowers too. Of a sort. Check out this cute little DIY over at Design Sponge. All you need are old aperitif glasses, several wild violets (the sweet violet Viola odorata is perfect) and moss (sphagnum moss works just as well). Go to it!

Hanging blooms

Hanging vases

How perfect would it be to suspend vases from trees, posts or walls for a party or special occasion? It’s fairly commonplace to use Mason jars (or other rustic looking jars) to hang candles above tables when dining alfresco, but it would be super romantic to hang blooms as well. Gift stores often sell hanging vases, but you can easily make your own. Any container will do (even an old lightbulb), so long as it has a lip or some sort of attachment that allows you to hang it up. [Read more…]