One of our new retailers this summer is a lovely little floral boutique in Pagosa Springs, Colorado called The Wildflower. The owner, Rick and the shop manager, Faith were such a delight to meet while I was on vacation. Their willingness to partner with Scarlet Threads was such a blessing, especially since they are a unique type of store to carry our products. I don't think we have any other florists! I recently did a little interview with them and asked for simple flower arranging advice.
town that makes running a floral and gift shop so enjoyable?
I have been in Pagosa Springs for a bit over 7 years. The shop has been open
Part 2: Helpful hints for easy floral arrangements
There is a field of sunflowers below my house that I planted last year. I used a variety of sunflowers and wildflowers to carry out their instructions.
Flower arranging has never been my forté so I was eager to hear their advice on simple floral techniques. Their first piece of advice was to create a grid on your vase with tape.
- In a glass vase without floral foam, using clear waterproof tape (available at your local florist) create a grid across the top of the vase. Secure by running additional tape around the lip to hold the grid in place. This will provide some support for the greenery.
I used regular gift tape and it worked like a charm.
- When using ceramic, plastic or basket containers, green floral tape hold well and keeps the foam solidly in the container. Floral foam designs tend to least a few days less than designing in clear water with floral preservative.
- Make sure the container is of an appropriate size. Too big will require many flowers to be proportional. Too small can get lost within a busy ensemble.
- Assuming a glass vase, cover the grid with selected greenery.
- Don't extended too far out from the vase
- More than one type will provide different textures and give more visual interest
- Establish the overall height of the arrangement
- Tall slender flowers are most effective
- Repetition using 3-5 will draw the eye to the focus
- Unless using something especially wispy is being used, a total height of 2 1/2 times the height of the container is as tall as most arrangements can be without looking out of proportion
- Create the focal point
- Large flowers placed at the rim of the vase will draw the eye
- Multiples of the same flower will add interest and become large enough to be the focus
- Use smaller secondary flowers to fill space
- Within the cone shape coming down from the tallest point
- And within the confines of the focal point flowers
- Use filler flowers to add additional fullness
- A variety can add color contrast
- Don't be afraid to use varying textures
- Fillers are added last
- Fill empty spaces between single blooms
- For more interest add...
- Sticks or curly willows at odd angles
- Long swirly grasses will accentuate the focus and add size without adding much additional cost