Emma Vowles, Busby & Fox founder and former florist, shares a simple how-to on creating your own seasonal bouquet from your garden.
- Hunt and gather from your garden. Every season will offer a bounty of stems. Think creatively; use foliage as flowers and seed pods for texture. You don’t need lots of flowers - they can be a feature amongst the beautiful foliage, so don’t worry if you don’t have a cutting garden.
- Seed pods are great to add height and texture, and herbs add an aromatic touch.
- Approximately 20 stems will create a pretty, gift-sized arrangement.
- Once you’ve selected your stems, trim the leaves from the lower third of each one. This will help create a clean finish to your bouquet and give it a more professional look.
- Start by creating a base of foliage using three or four stems. Cross each stem over the next, about one third of the way up, rotating the bunch a little with each addition. This will create a structure to support the rest of your arrangement.
- Next, add your flowers and and more foliage - do this randomly so as not to lose that ‘grabbed from the garden’ look. Use seed pods to add height and texture.
- As you build, keep similar colours or varieties together rather than spreading them evenly throughout the bouquet. This mimics nature.
- Finish the outer edge of your bouquet with shorter stems.
- Finish with a length of string tied securely around the stems. Snip the bottoms of the stems to the same length and finish with a bow.