Greetings from snowy North Carolina! Last week, I introduced my fleur series. Today I'm kicking it off by sharing what you'll need to arrange flowers at home. We had lots of practice for our wedding, where we made 50+ arrangements (big and small) plus boutonnieres, bouquets, garland, etc. I loved every minute of it. It's a big hobby and creative outlet for me. I've branched out and done some pieces for friends and family over the years. Read along to find out what and where to get everything you need!
You probably have wire snips or something similar in your tool box. Chicken wire is available at your local hardware store. Tape- scotch tape works, as well as this green floral type. Floral shears- I got these from Little Flower School. Perhaps you've heard of Sarah Ryhanen and Nicolette Camille, both of floral fame. We treated ourselves to a class with these ladies as our wedding gift to each other :) You can get the same ones here. They are superb. Lastly, you'll need a vessel (I'm using a footed bowl.) From mundane, say, a drinking glass to an antique bowl or pitcher- anything that holds water will do! For something similar to mine, check out Jamali Garden.
Flowers and greens are available at your local florist, grocery store, bodegas, and the garden. I also shop online at FiftyFlowers and WholeBlossoms. Branches, well you can probably find some in your backyard. Lilacs, quince, and olive are some of my favorites. Think outside the box! Foraging is a favorite activity of mine- just make sure you're not trespassing or stealing. Fruits and veggies make for an unexpected addition to any arrangement. Try cherry tomatoes, artichokes, kale, and blackberries. Herbs- they smell amazing. I love basil, mint, and rosemary.
Alright, fellow flower friends- these are the basics you'll need to before starting any arrangement as well as where to find them. Stay tuned for upcoming posts where I will break down how to get started, a formula for harmony in your arrangement, and tips + tricks of the trade I've learned over the years.