We’ve made quite a few bouquets in our day. Along the way, we noticed a pattern had developed in all the bouquets that became our favorites. This week, we thought we’d share a little recipe that yields great results for a natural, garden-style bouquet made in hand. The ingredients can vary according to what flowers are available and what the recipient (ahem, perhaps someone with an “M” at the beginning and end of her name and an “O” in the middle?) would be into. Make an effort to collect a few beautiful stems this weekend (or any weekend really) to create a personalized bouquet for a special lady in your life. — Studio Choo
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The key to this type of bouquet is quality, not quantity. Sure, you could go to the grocery store and grab several bunches of tulips and slam them into a vase, or better yet, a cellophane bag, but why not put a bit more care into the selection of stems? Try to think about things the recipient likes. Can you recall a particular color, flower type or fragrance that reminds you of them? A few thoughtfully selected stems can have a surprising amount of emotional impact. Our peony bouquet was made with an emphasis on color and memory, and the gardenia bouquet focused on fragrance with a variety of scented flowers and herbs.
When putting together a bouquet, we use a collection of ingredients that are very similar to the ones we use when creating a big arrangement, just fewer of them.
- Base (3–5 stems): sturdy-stemmed greenery and branches that can provide physical support for the other elements in the bouquet
- Secondary flowers (at least 3 stems): small blooms to visually support focal flowers and move the eye around the arrangement
- Focal flowers (at least 1 stem): the anchors, or the biggest, showiest blooms
- Bits (at least 2 stems): vines or delicate stems of small flowers that poke out gracefully
- grocery store (vegetable, herb or flower section)
- local fabulous flower shop
- your garden
- garden shop — purchase a plant or two to start your cutting garden
- farmers’ market
Tips for Putting It Together
Lay out all the ingredients on your work surface; take note of the way the flowers naturally arc and use this layout as a guide for assembly. Don’t try to force the stems to go against the way they have grown. This may cause the stems to snap, and it is a lot easier to just go with the flow. Remove leaves and thorns from the lower part of the stems. Start with a base element and begin adding in all your ingredients, holding loosely just under the start of the lower leaves. Cluster flower heads together in odd numbers at slightly different levels. Tie the bouquet off with a special ribbon where you were holding it. Make sure to cut all the stems before putting the bouquet in water. Happy Mother’s Day!