Want Stunning Seasonal Flowers to Carry, Wear or Display? Try These Four Easy Projects From Floret Farm’s Erin Benzakein

SHERBET BUTTERFLY BOUQUET

This colour palette is a mix of warm, spring sherbet tones of peach, coral, apricot, tangerine and salmon. To keep the bouquet from becoming overly sweet, mix in some rich, dark foliage along with a few hits of bright acid green.

Want Stunning Seasonal Flowers to Carry, Wear or Display? Try These Four Easy Projects From Floret Farm’s Erin Benzakein Photo Gallery



YOU WILL NEED

Medium terracotta vase O Pruners O 6 long arching stems of dark plum foliage O 6 long arching hawthorn branches in bud O 6 stems of lacy viburnum in flower, leaves removed O 8 stems of chartreuse hellebores O 20 large peach and coral Iceland poppies O 15 peach and pale yellow ranunculus.

Fill the vase with water and floral preservative before starting. Establish a strong framework for the bouquet by placing two arching stems of plum foliage so that they hang out over the right side of the vase. Then place two more so that they lean out over the left side of the vase, to provide balance. Then add two tall, towering stems to the back left corner of the vase. The goal here is to create an off-centre, upside-down tripod shape that will give the completed arrangement a beautiful cascading, slightly asymmetrical look.

Following the same overall shape established by the plum stems, weave in the hawthorn and then the viburnum , making the branches arch and cascade as much as possible. OFill in any empty holes with the hellebores. Use the most arching stems around the lip of the vase, to accentuate the overall loose shape. OThread in the Iceland poppies among the other stems among the other stems. Pay close attention to their natural stem shapes and place the curviest stems on the outside edges, again echoing the foliage framework.

Turn some of the flower faces upward and some facing out to the sides, so that you can see the unique, crinkled qualities of the petals and the centres of these amazing blooms. Place the ranunculus in among the poppies to tie it all together. The final arrangement will resemble a vase full of colourful butterflies resting on the leaves of a tree. Put together mini bouquets of roughly four to six stems each, using a mixture of the listed greens and blooms . Use eight to 10 mini bouquets for an average-sized crown. For a delicate crown, make the bundles petite; for a fuller finished piece, make the bundles bigger. Cut the stem After all of the flowers are attached, tie a few pieces ribbon on either side of the clasp in the back.

Ends so that two to three inches (five to eight centimetres) of stem are remaining. Wrap each mini bouquet’s stems together with floral tape, starting at the base and going around each mini bouquet until the stems are fully Determine the crown’s diameter by wrapping the paper-covered wire around your head where you want it to sit. Leave a few extra inches/ centimetres on either end for fastening later. Make a loop on one end and leave the other straight. (After fitting the crown to your head, straighten it out before adding materials.) For large, heavy blooms like ranunculus that need extra support, wire the stems individually for added stability before securing them to the 1 bundles. Make a hairpin with floral wire and slip it gently down through the centre of the flower head. Then tape the wire and stem together. covered. Floral tape gets sticky when gently stretched, so be sure to pull on it slightly as you work, and it will adhere to itself. To build the crown, take one of the mini bouquets and lay it along the paper-covered wire. Wrap floral tape around the mini bouquet and the wire a few times until it’s thoroughly attached. Add the remaining mini bouquets, facing them in the same direction as the first and placing them so that each hides the previous mini bouquet’s stem ends, until the paper- covered wire base is covered [6]. If you won’t be wearing the crown right away, store it in the produce area of your refrigerator for up to two days to keep it fresh.

HAND-TIED MARKET BOUQUET

The simplest way to create a cheery bouquet that looks like what might see at the farmers’ market is by loosely following the spiral technique: holding the bouquet in your hand as you add flowers foliage, while rotating, to produce an abundant-looking display.

YOU WILL NEED

Pruners O Sisal twine O 4 stems of lavender delphinium O 5 stems of purple basil O 5 to 7 stems of chocolate Queen Anne’s lace [or ravenswing parsley] O 6 stems of pink double-flowered cosmos, such as Double Click O 8 to 10 stems of purple small-flowered zinnias, such as Sunbow O 5 stems of purple gomphrena such as QIS O 6 to 8 stems of large-flowered zinnias, such as Queen Red Lime O 2 stems of scented geraniums To create the spiralled look you’re after [2], build the bouquet while holding it in your hand. With the exception of the first stem, which will ultimately be at the centre, add Remove the foliage from the lower two thirds of each stem. Then lay the flowers out in little piles, by type, on a worktable, flower heads facing away from you.

Remembering to add the blooms at an angle .Nestle the remaining delphinium stems around the arrangement [6]. OFrom above, insert the cute little gomphrena blooms throughout the bouquet, making sure that they poke up above the other flowers so they really stand out. OPlace the large-flowered zinnias around the bouquet, as evenly as possible. Add the scented geranium stems around the edge of the bouquet to infuse it with fragrance.

Cut the bottom of the stems so that they are all the same length. stems at an angle of about 25º evenly around the bouquet, and turn it slightly as you add blooms for overall balance. As a general guide, for every complete 360º turn of the bouquet, add five or six stems while rotating the bunch. OStart with a long stem of delphinium and then add the basil stems as you turn the bouquet [3]. OAfter each basil stem, tuck in a chocolate Queen Anne’s lace, then thread in a cosmos, continuing to slightly rotate the bunch as you add each new stem .

Add the small-flowered zinnias, spacing them evenly around the bouquet, Lay the bouquet on the table. While holding everything together with one hand, wrap a piece of twine around the stems a few times, and tie the twine with a simple knot.

AUTUMNAL WREATH

One of the best ways to embrace the fading days of autumn is by capturing the fleeting magic in a large, showy display. Set aside fruiting branches and pods and turn them into wild seasonal wreaths.

YOU WILL NEED

Pruners O 20 to 25 8-inch (20cm) pieces of floral or paddle wire O Three 6- to 8-foot (1.8- to 2.4m) pieces of fresh grapevine, leaves removed O Three 3- to 4-foot (0.9- to 1.2m) lengths of bittersweet, leaves removed O 10 to 15 branches of large-fruited rosehips, such as those from rosa dupontii O 15 to 20 stems of small-fruited rosehips, such as those from Sally Holmes and rosa glauca O 18 to 20 stems of Chinese lanterns To create the base for your wreath, form the grapevine into a circle. Secure the shape by wrapping a piece of wire around the vine where the ends meet. Add the next length of vine, wrapping it around the first. Finish by wrapping the final piece of vine around the others and secure them all together with wire. This will give you a sturdy base to build the wreath on.

One by one, wrap the bittersweet lengths evenly around the grapevine base, tucking the ends into the base to secure them [2]. OWire the larger stems of rosehips to the vine base, spacing each cluster evenly .

Tuck the small-fruited rosehips throughout the wreath by poking them into the little gaps in the vine base, especially on the outside perimeter so that they can be more easily seen [4]. OAdd the Chinese lanterns by poking them into the viney base. Place them evenly throughout the wreath for the most abundant look.

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