How to make your own flower bouquet – ‘light up your home’ with fresh flowers from the garden
The bright flowers are one of the most rewarding plants to grow during the summer months and are easy to cut and enjoy at home. While cutting fresh flowers and placing them in a vase will look great for a few days, Nem Vorkapic, Floristry and Design Manager at Floward, explained that there’s more to it if you want a professional finish. Here’s how to cut and arrange your own bouquet using garden plants.
A vase full of flowers is enough to brighten up any room in the house, and it doesn’t cost a penny if you use your own garden flowers.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Nem Vorkapic, Head of Floristry and Design at Floward, said: “August is a great month for gardening as many brightly colored flowers bloom including Anemone, Aster and Craspedia. , giving you plenty of options to lighten up your home.”
Picking a handful of flowers from each plant is one way to create your own mixed bouquet, but what’s the key to keeping your vase full longer?
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How to make a garden bouquet
The first step to creating the perfect flower bouquet is choosing the right plants.
Nem said: “If you are lucky enough to have some in your garden, I recommend that you choose the ‘Garden Pinks’ plant.
“They are popular in cottage gardens and they look great in borders and in pots.
“Plus, they’re a delicate yet vibrant pink that can light up any room.”
Some species are known as “cut and comeback” flowers and will thrive after being torn from the ground. Sweet peas and zinnias are good examples.
Make a clean cut for a healthy bouquet
Cutting flowers correctly is crucial to prolonging the display of your indoor vase.
All flowers and leaves should be cut about an inch from the bottom of the main stem, using clean, sharp pruning shears.
Nem said: “It is essential to make the slice at a 45 degree angle as this helps to expose more surface area for water absorption and helps the stem stand on a point allowing water to pass through. come into contact with the cut surface.”
It is important to remove all foliage from the lower plant that may be submerged in water before placing the stem in the vase.
This is done to inhibit bacterial growth, which could otherwise shorten the life of the flower or cause odor in the water.
Layer the flowers
Layers are essential for positioning your flowers, and each bouquet should start with the foliage at the base.
Nem said: “Then start adding your small flowers, in a circle and rotating the vase as you go to make sure the arrangement is symmetrical.
“Finally, add your large blooms to the bottom tier of the bouquet for a natural finish and to prevent damage.”
How to make cut flowers last longer
Most flowers will stop growing as soon as they are cut, so it is only a matter of time before the flowers die.
To slow the decline of your homemade bouquet and “feed the flowers”, Nem recommends:
- Change the water in the vase regularly to avoid the accumulation of bacteria
- Use sugar water to stimulate the opening of new flowers – (two tablespoons of sugar diluted in a glass of warm water)
- Add two tablespoons of white vinegar to vase water to limit bacterial growth
- Use lemon-lime soda combined with water in the vase
- Remove all lower leaves from flowers to ensure none end up in the water
- Always cut one to two inches from the stems at an angle