Beauty in Nature

So many beautiful May blooms pop up in gardens! Creating a classic mixed-flower arrangement doesn’t have to be difficult. Use your intuition (and incorporate a few basic guidelines) to arrange gorgeous bouquets.

• Begin with the flowers. Start by arranging the flowers in your hand and place the larger flowers near the base of the group. Incorporate dark blooms for drama or use flowers in lighter tones for a softer effect.

• Consider the size. Pay attention to the height and shape of the flowers that you’re using and arrange taller stems near the top and back.

• Work with the stems. Strip stems of any leaves that would otherwise be standing in water. Choose a vase or container that is appropriate for the height and proportion of your flowers.

• Give it shape. Lightly bind the stems with twine or floral wire and place in a vase, or use moist floral foam in shallow containers to give short stems more stability.

• Add some depth and interest. Fill in the gaps with smaller blooms. Blue or violet flowers often act as a neutral and can fill out an arrangement without overwhelming your color scheme.

• Add greenery. Insert a few leaves of greenery near the bottom to form a casual “rim” for the arrangement. Once you have your arrangement looking pretty, be sure to put it in a location where you can change the water every day, and stop and smell the roses (or peonies or lilacs) along the way.

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