Build a better bouquet | Culture & Leisure
Flowers have been a passion for Mellifera Farm owner Colleen Taugher her entire life. With a background in art, design and agriculture, Taugher created the flower farm outside of Troy as the ideal combination of his life’s passions. Here are her tips for creating the perfect bouquet for any summer party.
# 1: Start with a focal flower. Focal flowers are the highlight of a bouquet. These are usually the largest flowers in the bouquet and help to lay the foundation for the greenery and accent flowers that will be used. Taugher started with a delicate pastel purple poppy. With poppies, she suggests cauterizing the ends of the stems. This creates a barrier that helps retain nutrients inside, allowing the flowers to last longer. Taugher recommended bringing together a variety of sizes and textures in flowers, while keeping a sense of oneness in mind. She also included poppy pods, to add style and dimension to the arrangement. “The beauty of an arrangement doesn’t have to come from the flowers,” she said.
# 2: Find your greens. Taugher used a bundle of dusty sucker leaves, a pale sage green color, for its green base. She suggests finding greens that will not only enhance the focal flower, but also add texture to the arrangement.
# 3: Select one or two decorative flowers. They can be the same color as the focal flower to create a monochromatic look or a contrasting color. Sticking to just one color is also a simple way to ensure a beautiful and successful arrangement, as the color can be overwhelming at times, Taugher said. The accent flowers are usually smaller than the focal flower. She chose gomphrena and cosmos, both in different shades of purple, to continue with a monochrome look.
“I think a really good place to start is with your colors more than your flowers,” she said. “It’s easy to get sidetracked and the color gives you a bit of structure. “
# 4: Vital advice on vases. The vase of choice should be clean enough for you to drink, because the flowers are very susceptible to bacteria, Taugher said. Fill the vase with water and add flower food. Flower food is made up of three things: sugar to nourish the flower, an antibacterial, and a pH balancer (a do-it-yourself recipe is on the right). She advises pruning any leaves that will remain below the waterline to extend the life of the bouquet. Submerged leaves will decompose and add bacteria to the water, and also limit the number of stems that can be placed in the vase.
# 5: Build a base with greens. Greens not only give a structural basis to the shape of the bouquet, but can also give direction to the rest of the arrangement.
N ° 6: Flower time: First, add the focal flowers.
“The trick with flowers is to let them do whatever they want and play with it,” Taugher said. “Don’t force them to go in a direction that is not natural to them. “
She recommends holding the flowers on the outside of the vase to compare the height and cutting the stems accordingly. Try to create a variety of heights and sizes in the focal flowers, she said.
Then add the decorative flowers to give the arrangement a touch of color. Taugher recommends that the flowers be a third of the height of the vase higher than the edge. See where the arrangement needs more height and variation, and use the accent flowers to make those adjustments.
N ° 7: Final touches. Go around the vase or turn it to make sure all the angles are visually appealing.
Taugher, along with other respected florists, will teach these tips and more in a series of workshops this month. Workshops are a great way to build confidence in floral design abilities and get the most out of your flowers, she said.
“I have so many customers who buy from me every week and say, ‘Colleen, I take it and put it in a vase,'” she said. “People are afraid to cut the stems or do something else with them. These workshops will help you develop the skills to bring this nature into your own home and potentially make your own flowers for your parties and events. It’s also just fun. Being able to be outside, be surrounded by beauty, and connect with other people is pretty awesome. ”