After a little break from my laptop, I’m back trying my hand at blogging again!
This week’s Romancing the home challenge is a flower arrangement. I decided to learn how to do it properly, so I booked a lesson with Nikki from Sprig, to teach me the basics of arranging flowers. What a lovely way to spend a Friday afternoon. Apron on, gin in one hand and garden scissors in the other!
Here is what Nikki taught me:
Decide on the look you want to create. I was going to put my arrangement on our kitchen counter, so we decided on a 360 mass arrangement (in other words, to be viewed from all angles).
Make sure your oasis fills the bottom part of your chosen vase or urn and that it touches the bottom on all parts. If necessary cut the oasis like we did. It was the first time I used oasis. I have always seen my mother and grandmother use it, but have never tried it myself. I whish I had known earlier on how easy it makes things!
Start by making your “nest” with green foliage. We used Raspberry leaf, Privet berries, Granadilla leaves and seeded Ivy. Nikki showed me how to use floral wire to keep the branches in place and to help direct it where you want it to go. I did not even know that you get floral wire. It is so easy to use. Just cut the length you need with a wire cutter and wrap it around the stem once, like so, and twist.
The next step is to choose the flowers or branches you want to use as the highest part of your arrangement. We used a mossy stick and copper and maroon Amaranthus.
Now you decide how many sections your arrangement will have. I chose 4 to make it easier for me. I like to group my flowers together, rather than to have one here and one there. Start with the flowers and branches with the thickest stems. The fuller your oasis gets, the more difficult it is to find a space for the next stem. Push them straight down, or from the side into your oasis and not crossing each other. Once you put a flower into the oasis, try not to move it again. It will make holes which can break the oasis apart and make air pockets then the flowers cannot suck up the water properly. This is also the reason why you should only use oasis once. Complete one section before you move onto the next session. I wanted an unusual, mystical arrangement with a whimsical effect in green, red, pink and copper colours. We used the following flowers:
For focus points we used pink Hydrangeas, Cumbidium Orchid, Hybrid Delphiniums, dark red Anthuriums and Pineapple flowers.
To get the mystical look we used Grey leave.
For texture we used red Celosia and Pampam grass.
We added Kiwi shoots and Virginia creepers, sticking out, to complete the look.
When you are happy with all your sections, stand back and look for any gaps. The top part of the arrangement must have gaps so that a bird can fly through them, according to Nikki’s mom. The bottom and middle part must be compact for the best visual impact.
NB big arrangement like we made, do NOT travel well, so try and create it where you want it to stay.
Please visit my Romancing the home blogger friend’s posts for their tips on this week’s challenge.
Ramona at http://rufflesandrust.co.za/
Kylie at https://www.ouruniquehome.co.za/
Thank you Nikki! I had a great time and learned so much! Nikki can be contacted at www. sprigshop.co.za for floral arrangements that will meet all your needs.
My first post for 2019 is done and it feels great to be back!