For anyone that follows me on Instagram you will know I have gone a bit flower crazy recently – I decided to take the Friday before Mother’s Day off work, so I could practice the skills I learnt at Jam Jar, which I posted about (here) and make my own bouquets to gift.
Before heading of to New Covent Garden Flower Market to purchase some blooms, I trawled Pinterest for colour inspiration and did lots of research into the sorts of flowers that would be available. From this I made a rough list of the quantities and types of flowers and foliage I would need. I based my quantities on the following for each bunch:
1 type of ‘hero’ flower – this was to be the focal flower and my shortlist included avalanche or David Austin roses, dahlias and Delphiniums. I worked out I would need approx. 3 stems of the chosen hero flower per bunch.
2-3 type of ‘secondary’ flowers – these needed to work with the hero flower, but could contrast with it as well as match it. My shortlist included ranunculus, anemones, clematis, tulips and snap dragons. I calculated I would need around 12 stems of these per bunch.
1-2 types of small floral or coloured foilage – My favourites include astrantia, astilbe, sea holly and waxflower so were all on the list.
Foliage – This is to fill the bouquet out and can be anything green, such as eucalyptus, pavi or ruscus.
Regarding the small flowers and foliage I estimated I would need about 20 stems of both combined, but hadn’t quite worked out exact numbers as it would depend on they type purchased.
However once I got to the market this all went out the window and I went a bit crazy buying and came away with masses too much! But I did keep to the trusty formula of a few hero flowers, some secondary flowers, some smaller flowers and foliage, so it wasn’t a complete waste of time! My purchases included lots from my shortlist, plus some deep mauve lilies and golden rod.
As soon as I arrived home I popped all the flowers into water (so that the kitchen looked like a florist’s shop) and then set about prepping them, by stripping all the leaves off the lower stems, trimming any stray stems and damaged leaves. This meant that once I started putting the bouquets together I would only have to do minimal prep – any more can be a bit difficult as one hand is taken up holding the bouquet.
When it came to making up the bouquets the tips I learnt at Jam Jar were invaluable and I tried to continually rotate the bouquets so that they looked good from all angles. As I said before if you are looking to make your own bouquets I would throughly recommend doing a class, however if your budget doesn’t allow for one I found a really helpful post over on B.Loved which can be found here.
During my research I also came across a great website called Team Flower, which has some great video tutorials for anyone interested in flower arranging and lots of great photos and tips.
My flower buying splurge meant I ended up making 10 bouquets, so I got to keep a couple to dot around the house and we also gifted a couple of extra ones which was lovely.
I really enjoyed making the bouquets up and am considering doing another course to build on my skills so would love to know what you think. Which one is your favourite?