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How-To: A quick dinner party bouquet from your garden

How-To: A quick dinner party bouquet from your garden

Emma Vowles, Busby & Fox founder and former florist, shares a simple how-to on creating your own seasonal bouquet from your garden.

  1. 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. 
  2. Seed pods are great to add height and texture, and herbs add an aromatic touch.
  3. Approximately 20 stems will create a pretty, gift-sized arrangement.

  4. 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.

  5. 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. 
  6. 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.

  7. As you build, keep similar colours or varieties together rather than spreading them evenly throughout the bouquet. This mimics nature.
  8. Finish the outer edge of your bouquet with shorter stems.
  9. 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. 

jo - 12 Sep 2019 @ 05:11
Just inspired me to pick flowers for guests coming from my herb garden in Italy!
Thanks Emma
Adele - 12 Sep 2019 @ 12:52
This is a fantastic tutorial, I’ve just finished my floristry training and have started a cutting garden - I often pop into the Truro shop and the girls have always asked how my floristry journey is going, lots to plan for next year.
Sharon Bennett - 12 Sep 2019 @ 12:18
Very helpful tips
Beautiful x
Suzanne Boyle - 10 Sep 2019 @ 10:53
You are one super clever lady. My wardrobe is filled with your wonderful collection of clothes and love the flowers ! It’s inspired me to get in my garden and be creative, thankyou Emma !
Alison Edwards - 10 Sep 2019 @ 06:32
Lovely to see your now on line . Can’t wait to start purchasing some of your amazing clothes
Alison Franceschini - 09 Sep 2019 @ 03:29
Hi Emma

So THAT is how you do it... your flower arrangements have that effortless, fluid, balanced, considered look to them... I like your clothes.. but I have always LOVED your flowers..
Alison x

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