An hour a day, you wander around your home, loitering in a department you know well. If you are lucky enough to live near a green space – your garden or a forest -, you have undoubtedly spotted trees with ivy, mistletoe, dried flowers on the stalk or trees with dead buds. In your garden, faded flowers are also waiting for you: hydrangea flowers roasted by summer, rose hips, agapanthus stems yellowed … A gold mine to exercise your creativity!
By taking a few stems, you can turn this harvest into a lovely flower arrangement that will enchant your interior. Our advice to get you started.
• Tools for gathering:
-A small pocket pruner to cut clean and without burrs
– Gloves to avoid scratching or stinging you
– A soft bag to put your finds
First reflex: observe trees, shrubs, thickets and borders. Look at the shades, shapes and colors. This first location sharpens the eye and allows you to find interesting things to select.
Go to picking: take two or three specimens of a species each time: some ivy branches with flowers in seeds for example will crimp the edge of the bouquet. Red, black or white berries provide a colorful addition -but be careful, some are toxic, wash your hands at home. Dried flowers (white, faded pink, brown or purple, soft green …) will light up the floral ensemble.
Don’t cut too short your stems since the style of your bouquet may require a tall vase or the opposite chunky. You will adjust at the end of the realization of the bouquet, depending on the result.
At home, getting in shape:
– A small pruner and gloves (to protect you from thorns)
– A vase
– A string or something to tie (ribbon, piece of wool …)
Place your plants on a large table: sort them by type: light leaves / dark leaves / branch with variegated foliage / colored flower / dry flower / dry buds / clusters etc.
Example with today’s harvest: ivy stems, rose hips, pine branch, mounted dry mint, Adventist flowers, white berries (name unknown)
Observe the whole and start: the first rod will give the la to the rest of your composition. Take it in your left hand, closest to the neck, then, with your right hand, install the other rods one by one, all around, as you go. Remove the leaves at the bottom of the stems.
To remember: you always make a rotating movement around the initial rod.
Look at your bouquet regularly to see if the assembly looks good.. Make sure that the stems and branches have volume but do not protrude too much (in this case, pull the rebellious stem down to level).
Always end with leaves that will dress and give volume: ivy leaves play this role perfectly.
Belt the composition a string, a ribbon or a piece of wool high enough to ensure the holding once in a container filled with water.
The result of the picking:
Another example, the rose hips of orange roses being replaced by a branch of white Mexican orange flowers and a branch with fluffy flowering:
Here it is, it’s ready.
Choosing the right vase: if you have made a white bouquet, take a white vase, it illuminates the room in which you are installing your floral creation. Square and transparent vases work very well.