One of the things people say to me most often, when we meet for a consultation, or talk about floral design is "I don't know anything about flowers". I have no doubt that's true, however, in my opinion, everyone needs to know about flowers. They're beautiful, and just bring so much color and beauty to everyday life. I also knew NOTHING about flowers 6 or 7 years ago before I started doing weddings, but through asking LOTS of questions, research, and experience I feel confident in my knowledge, which is good given my chosen profession. It's something I want to share with everyone. So I thought, I'm going to start making arrangements, bouquets, etc. using everyday flowers, or in other words flowers that any person could buy at the grocery store, farmers market, local florist, etc. I'll share types of flowers, recipes, and tips for arranging so anyone who reads this little bloggity blog can enjoy the beauty of flowers without any fuss. This batch of flowers is brought to you by my local grocery store, yes, I said grocery store. Just goes to show you that grocery store flowers aren't always hideous, and generic. Let's start with the recipe, I'll go clockwise starting with the pinky/coral bloom: 3 stems godetia, 6 stems lysimachia, 3 stems yellow spray roses, 2 stems hydrangea, 3 stems daisy fever few or chamomile, 5 stems gerber daisy, 3 stems jasmine. It was the Jasmine that really inspired me, I mean I literally stopped dead in my tracks. If you've never smelled a jasmine bloom I suggest you run out and find some and put your nose all up in it, it's amazing. Click on the photo for a larger view.
I guess I'm putting the horse a little before the cart, I should probably give basic instructions on how to make a bouquet before I just go around with recipes, but that's information for another post I think, maybe in a few weeks. For now just sit back and enjoy the glory of mother nature. I think my main tip for this post would be texture is key. Even a bouquet that's all one color can be interesting and beautiful if it includes flowers in different shapes, sizes, and textures. Fluffy hydrangeas next to more structured gerbers, and smaller, wilder elements like the lysimachia, and fever few.
I made the bouquet slightly assymetrical with the jasmine vine trailing down and out. I won't say cascading because it's a dirty word, recalling cheesy images of wedding flowers from the 80's and early 90's. However I find that letting the jasmine vine behave naturally and not cutting it short is the most beautiful way to display it. It gives the whole thing a natural, slightly wild look.
Who wouldn't love to carry something like this around all day? I know I would. Unfortunately that's a practice only permitted for brides and their maids. So for the sake of avoiding looking like a crazy person, I just put it in a pretty vase on my dining room table. Total cost for flower - $85.00 retail. Not bad for a beautiful bouquet, especially for a wedding, or as a gift for a special friend or family member.