Michelle Sackville from Sandee’s Flower House in Hampton shared tips on how to create beautiful fresh arrangements from flowers typically grown in home gardens such as:
Larkspur or wax flower
Michelle also shared a website that provides details on Flower Arranging for Beginners. This particular article outlines all the tools you need from a scissors to cut steps to a flower frog to keep the stems in place. It also provides suggestions on recycled containers you can use like vintage water pitchers and Mason jars.
The basic steps to creating a fresh flower arrangement as Michelle demonstrated are:
Choose a vase or pot. NOTE: If you’re going to use a shallow pot or bowl, remember to use oasis. Oasis acts like a sponge to keep the stems moist plus it holds the flowers in place.
Create a “grid of greens” to help hold your flowers in place plus these greens act as filler.
When cutting flowers for your arrangement, you can go with a monochromatic scheme or pick complementary colors. An easy way to see which colors go together is to use a Color Wheel.
Give each stem a fresh cut as you place it in the vase. Cut stems of various length to add interest to your design.
Start with medium sized flowers like lily to create a focal point in the center of the arrangement.
Fill in and around with smaller flowers.
Tuck in large flowers, like sunflowers, closer to the base.
To help flowers last longer, change the water daily. Add plant food to the water and give each stem a fresh cut before returning the flowers to the vase. If you’re a 4-H member interested in exhibiting fresh cut flowers or if you’re interested in learning about how such exhibits are judged at the fair, click here.