Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Flower Arranging Basics
One of my favorite things about summer are farmer's market flowers. In season flowers are so beautiful and nothing feels better than purchasing them directly from the farmer who cut them. Kevin Sharkey of Martha Stewart Living Magazine calls them "affordable elegance" and one of his guilty pleasures. I would agree. A vase of pretty flowers will liven up any room in your home.
Looking for something a little more "artsty?" Try Real Simple Magazine's technique of "Flower Arranging 101." Real Simple offers three easy steps.
1. Create a Foundation with foliage to build a framework. Keep a pleasing, asymmetrical shape that will create a high point in the back.
2. Add large "face" flowers. Cut the stems of these big blooms (like peonies) at different heights so some nestle low to the vase and others reach high. Use floral foam or tape across the top of the vase to keep the flowers in place.
3. Weave in wispy elements. Think climbing flowering vines or ferns. Place them in three strategic spots, up high on one side, down low to spill out the bottom of the vase, and some in the middle.
What is your favorite piece to put flowers in? Do you stick to a thematic color or flower type or are you more of a wild flower inspired person?