Both are beautiful wreaths. I absolutely LOVE the variety of greens you have in the first wreath. The peach roses are gorgeous. I like the softness of the 2nd wreath. The conifer makes a delicate looking backdrop. Pretty pretty pretty! I want one for my front door!!!
I'm new here, and totally Wow'd by some of the gorgeous arrangements. Do you guys have any hints for someone on how best to go about learning the art of flower arranging? Specific books, techniques, et? thanks in advance!
Depends on what level of arranging you want to do. When I first graduated from college, I decided I wanted a career in floristry...so I found the best way to learn was apprenticing at a flowershop. I stayed there a little over a year wrapping plants and making rose and hospital arrangements. I learned a hierarchy existed, i.e., newbies never had a chance to do wedding flowers or party flowers or anything extremely creative. So I quit and am just arranging for fun. If you want a career in it, then my recommendation is to learn at a flowershop. If you'd like to arrange for fun, there are lots of books out there. I'm not sure which books are best. Maybe Terri can help. I'm no expert, but I learned a few things at the shop I can help you with. Don't be shy to ask questions! This is a great thread for learning...being called "workshop".
Jane Packer has some good books, I like her simple instructions and her designs.
Floral magazines are good to see what the latest trends are, I get 'The flower arranger' and 'wedding flowers' also
Stick around here and join in with our themes, even if you don't have the floral mechanics (floral foam) etc,
Vases and baskets are great . We just love to see any flower arrangements here! We have threads to show your vases and containers, you can suggest themes, some are in the suggestion box. We even have a cafe where you can just hang out!
Hi everyone! I just put together a little "tutorial" using the last of my gerber daisies. I used a technique "gessiegail" had suggested at one point on this forum. I can't remember where she posted it. It involved taping the top of a square vase in a grid-like fashion to create 9 openings. You will need 9 gerber daisies or your choice of flowers, some foliage (not sure what it's called) like pittosporum, and a length of ribbon.
Then place a gerbera daisy or your choice of flowers on top of the greens. Finish off by wrapping ribbon around the vase. You can tie a knot or bow in the front if you like a little more detail to it. I'm more of a plain Jane.
I finished it off by using a few blades of bear grass: one end of the grass in one slot and the tips in another slot. I had taken off the ribbon before I decided to add the grass and was too tired to put it back on. You get the picture though, right? If none of this makes sense, please let me know. I don't mind answering any questions.
Hey Karma, thats a really good idea! I haven't seen anything like that before, and it would work with all kinds of flowers too. thanks very much, I just got to get 9 flowers now!!!
It's a fab table centre and could be used for lots of different occasions. It is absolutely beautiful, well done and thanks
so much. I hope people will try this one. Thats 2 arrngements I have agreed to do now!
Over here it means when you do or say something the same as someone else.
Karma and I posted at the same time and said practically the same thing.! On the other thread when we were wishing you a good day out tomorrow.
...a toothbrush holder!!! Same length zinnia and spiky flower in each hole and the 5 th zinnia in one of the holes but placement is more towards the middle. Martha Stewart used alstromerias, which gave a much fuller look, but I didn't have any around the house.
That's a good idea! I think you have a good shape with the little bouquet, lovely Karma.
What is the small yellow flower called? All these good ideas of yours are great, something else to try, thankyou.
You could use decorative wire in the top of any shape container to hold flowers too.
OK, Karma. Here is a sampling of the pots. She has many more to give me. I think I will attempt the 9 square with the square vase. Any ideas are welcome. Start small, as I only know how to put a single rose in a vase. lol.
Very nice collection pupil. Yes, try the 9 square.
Disclaimer: The information provided below is intended for non-professional purposes only. It is not written in stone and may vary from person to person depending on his/her style. Suggestions given should not be taken against the advice of a professional florist. Have fun at your own risk. LOL!
Okay, starting small...love the cobalt blue bottles. Good size for a double "budvase". Can you try 2 flowers in it? Bright yellow roses or daisies would look pretty against the blue. In general, larger flowers should go at the base (makes a good focal point) and smaller ones like rose buds should be taller. Also for a container of that size, you don't want to use a flower that is too big like a sunflower.
Here's an example. I used a baby bottle for lack of container. Notice the tall greenery is about 1.5 times the height of the vase? That's sort of a general guide for beginners. I hope that was helpful. By no means am I an expert at this, so if it's not your taste, then you don't have to make exactly like that. I'll understand!
Karma, right up my alley. I love simplicity. I am dying for ya'll to start the paralell show. And guess what, we have had RAIN for two days. I didn't know I had this in the front yard, but there is a yellow rose bush about to burst with blooms. Now, when do I cut the larger more mature one and what do it use to extend the life of the flower? See, very novice, didn't even know we had a rose bush in the front yard until today. I found 4 more and several flowers.
Back to what I like. I ordered for my mother, on Mother's Day, a Susan B. Komen arrangement. She is a three year survivor. It was almost like a glass block, tinted pink. It had 4 pink tulips laying carelessly in it. It was beautiful. I love the new arrangements I see in short cubes and circles. Bunches of flowers in monocromatic colors. I also like contrast, of course in complimentary colors. I can't use purple and gold, because that reminds me of our high school and I would feel like I was decorating for the prom. What are some other complimentary colors. I love oranges and autumn colors. I love vivid and bright. And I love a wildflower look. Just a few of the things I love. LOL.
The coleus are sooo easy to root. They are the reason I started gardening. A neighbor gave me a cutting and over the last two months, I have given away 5 plants from it. It will soon be time to overwinter. As they are babies I just received from my wonderful girls in coleus, they are to young to cut. But come spring I should have oodles of them. I would gladly send some to you. Here is a pic of a few I have received.
Love to come look at these threads...I well remember a rehearsal dinner I went to many years ago...they had taken the tape like you did into 9 sections and used a white rose in each square...so nice...
Pupil, if you don't have an open rose and rose bud at the same time, just cut whatever roses are prettiest. To increase vase life, do so in the morning or evening when it's not terribly sunny or hot. Cut it as low as possible so you can have more stem to work with and submerge in water as soon as possible. Cut with a slant to produce more surface area for hydration. They also have flower preserve (those little packs that come with bought flowers) you can add to the water. I usually don't add any, but I do change out the water when it gets a little cloudy...almost every other day...but if you can, everyday would be ideal. Roses in general do not last very long. About a week or less. If you cut them when they're open buds, you may get longer vase life. Really tight buds may never open for you, and "very" open roses will fall apart in your vase within a day or so.
I like all the colors and styles you've described. Other complimentary colors can be: pink, purple, lavendar; cream, peach, yellow, and blue for "POP"; orange, red, yellow; for autumns: red, yellow, orange, amber, brown, etc. Different combination of colors can give entirely different effects. And you can't go wrong with monochromatics!
Thanks for the generous offer, but come spring/summer I can probably get coleus for a good price in those little pots. Coleus is so colorful, I wonder if it will last in a vase of water? It would make wonderful foliage for the flowers. Nice pics...thanks.
Hi Karma, it's great to be back, I have just been getting on with work, half term next week already! The weeks pass
quickly when you work in fun classes like, mosaics, enamelling, pottery,creative stitching, and the craft workshop.
I have really missed you though.
This is a little basket arrangement I made.
Using floral foam, pot tape,plastic tray, which was placed inside the basket.
Yes Traci, you cut the roses to the height you want them in the arrangement.
As Karma said, I cut longer stems of the foliage to fill in the gaps.
I find in some ways baskets are harder to do than using other types of containers, your arrangement has to 'fit' within
the basket, although these rules are not always important to me!.
Hi Karma, I know YOU know these things, I was just trying to be helpful for the beginners amongst us!
Hello Donna, I'm, SO glad you found this forum too! hope you become a regular here, we need you.
Do you make any flower arrangements? we have lots of themes going on or you can start a new one!
Have you visited our flowerpot cafe'? we give you a free cocktail and flowers! everyone is welcome at our cyber cafe' open 24hrs!
Welcome PG! By the looks of your arrangement, you are a perennial girl. Pretty! I'm planning a perennial cut flower garden for the spring. I received some sea holly seeds in a trade and am glad to see it in your arrangement. It looks nice with your sea lavender. Are those canna leaves? Do you have a tropical garden as well? That's very nice of you make a bouquet for your dd's bf's mother. Thanks for sharing the pretty arrangement with us.
Thanks Donna for joining in with your arrangement. It looks beautiful with all your garden flowers. I can tell you have an established garden with all those perennials. Hope to see some more from you! It was a lovely birthday present to give .
Wow, PG, you've got it all set up! It looks pretty stuffed in there. We are 75 degrees down here, and I'm not even sure what to do with my tropicals yet. Have you looked into getting the dwarf birds of paradise?
WOW! I love this site. Just joined Dave's Garden this weekend. I had no idea what was here. Hickoryglenfarm asked about learning about floral arranging. I'm taking classes at my local community college in their Horticulture Dept. and Continuing Ed program. I've learned a lot and will take more this spring. Cost is reasonable and you get the instruction and materials. At the holidays, I made a door swag (plus 3 more for family), 2 floral arrangements in class (plus 10 more for family) and a boxwood tip Christmas tree that is still fresh. Your ideas in this forum are wonderful! I'll be trying them myself. Thanks, everyone! Linda
Hi Linda! I don't have any formal (school) training, but learned a lot while I was working in the floral shop. Will you show us your christmas swags/arrangements? We would love to see them. You'll find more of us hiding in the flowerpot cafe. Come join us! http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/804140/
Thanks for the welcome. Another class I'm going to be taking is how to use a digital camera and upload pictures. Once I do this, I'll be glad to share any arrangements I make. If the boxwood Christmas tree is still good, I'll get a shot of that, too. I'll check out your chats in the Flowerpot Cafe, too. Thanks.