Sunday, January 27, 2013

Flower display


Arrange the flowers display straight into the vase, cutting them to height as you go. I usually start with the greenery and then add the blooms between the branches. This flower display style makes for a loose and random arrangement, with flowers of different heights and plenty of space around each one to show off its individual beauty to full flower display advantage. This flower display method works well in narrow-necked jugs and larger vases.


Hand-tying a bunch of flowers, which simply means holding the bunch in one hand and adding to it with the other, makes for a more densely packed flower display arrangement with a tighter shape. With this technique, the flowers are cut to length after they have been tied together and the string
can then be kept in place in the vase or cut away to allow the flowers to breathe, but only if the vase isn't too wide.


Arranging flower display into chicken wire is a great way to create more tricky shapes (for example,
in very low or wide-necked vases), as it secures the first stems and allows you to be more sparing with the flowers and greenery. This flower display method is good for all flowers that are heavy drinkers and for soft-stemmed summer blooms like anemones or sweet peas. Florist foam is very easy to use for flower display and secures flowers quickly, making for a fast arrangement. If using a glass vase, conceal it by lining the sides with leaves. Bear in mind there are some flowers that don't suit foam, such as soft-stemmed spring flowers (tulips and hyacinths), and that when soaked it can be incredibly heavy.

Fill a jug with flowers

Step 1 For flower display in jag choose a jug with the right sort of shape, preferably one with a lovely curve up to the neck that will support your flowers and won't cost the earth to fill. Most enamel jugs and ewers tend to take this form. Where possible, use foliage and flowers that will give you height, color, texture and longevity for your flower display.

Step 2 Start with a basic bed of foliage. For a front-facing flower display arrangement, it is best the back; for a table centerpiece, try to keep the taller stems towards the middle. (It makes sense to decide where you are going to put your arrangement first in order to avoid wasting flowers at the
back, which might not be seen.) Use foliage with an interesting shape around the neck of the jug to soften the flower display edges - five or six pieces should be sufficient. Make sure all the stems are stripped clean of leaves up to the neck of the jug. The stems should all reach the base of the container so they provide a sturdy scaffold upon which you can rest any shorter flowers later.

Step 3 Once you are happy with your flower display foliage you can start introducing the flowers themselves. Put in the rounded shapes first, placing one close to the neck and tucking in the others slightly higher and to one side.

Step 4 This is where the flower display fun starts - filling in all the detail with the other flower types. Hold the stems up to the jug to check the height before you cut them and always err
on the side of caution. When positioning the flowers into flower display, make sure you show off their best attributes. Use the spires throughout the arrangement, especially to give height and an irregular edge to the outline. Lastly, fill any gaps using the in betweeners.

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