At the beginning of class Chelsea explained best flower practices (tips below), each of the flowers we would be using and how to make our own floral frog using chicken wire. We watched as she effortlessly put together a bouquet. She began with the greens and added pink cabbage roses and peonies. She talked about creating swooping lines and working with the flower’s natural shape. In a few minutes her arrangement took shape. The end result was a beautiful garden bouquet that felt completely natural, effortless and had it’s own individual character.
A few tips I learned
Pick flowers from your garden in the morning or the evening
Always give your flowers a fresh cut at a 45 degree angle
Add bleach to the water and remember to bleach your clippers as well
Remove all leaves below the water level
Make a floral frog with chicken wire
And use floral tape over the top of the container to secure the flowers
My bouquet ended up being a little wild and bountiful. I think I used too many greens. It looked like a English cottage garden in a container. I really like Chelsea’s style because the flowers are center stage. She achieves this look by grouping roses in threes or odd numbers and composing the arrangement into a s-shape to draw your eye around. I have to keep practicing. Below photos from the class.
Snapshots from class including Miss Design*Sponge; love her expression!