Flower Arrangement Tutorial With Photos

It’s always a good day for a bouquet

Hellebore ‘Romantic Getaway’, Spirea ‘Double Candy Corn’, and mixed Coral Bells. Photo by Author.

While we practice social distancing and many of us are in at-home quarantine, several people have expressed experiencing a universal sadness and worry while we also take on the vibrant new energy that comes with spring. It’s a strange juxtaposition as we adapt to our newfound reality.

I think it’s especially important during this time of social distancing to allow ourselves to feel the hopeful energy of spring as we navigate the great sadnesses and uncertainty that are continuously building.

One way we can embrace the vibrancy of Spring is by making homegrown floral arrangements!

Why not grab a kitchen glass or vase and take a stroll through your yard in search of flowers and foliage you can use to create a beautiful floral arrangement?

It could serve as a good temporary distraction and you will be bringing some brightness into your home when you are finished. You’ll have an activity to focus on for a bit. You’ll touch plants and feel your feet as they walk across the earth. You’ll get fresh air and hopefully some sunshine. I hope making floral arrangements helps lift your spirits as much as it helps lift mine!

Currently, here in zone 7, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, I have a newly increasing amount of floral material and foliage to choose from as winter transitions to spring. The temperatures fluctuate here a lot in spring. We have had sunny days with highs in the 70s and 80s in the last two or three weeks, but this morning I woke up to a grey sky and a temperature of 37 degrees. Brr!!! I threw on a hoodie and grabbed my garden pruners to quickly gather materials for my homegrown bouquets.

I started in my front yard where I clipped spirea, hellebore (Lenten rose), and heuchera (coral bells). In the backyard, I cut a long branch of cornus (dogwood) that was hanging too close to my raised garden bed anyway, monarda (beebalm), and a different variety of hellebore (Lenten rose). I made sure to cut the stems as long as I possibly could. I trim them down to my desired height after I bring them inside — this gives me more choices for arrangements. I can snip ends off but I can’t make pieces any longer!

Foraged front and back yard plant material for bouquets before cutting the stems down and stripping off the lower leaves. Photo by Author.
After the lower leaves are stripped off and divided by similar lengths. Photo by Author.

After gathering my plant materials I escaped quickly from the cold back into my warm home.

I laid out my plant pieces on our dining room table to begin preparing them for the arrangements. I stripped the lower leaves off of all the stems and then grouped the materials by height and likeness.

I decided to use two vases and make two bouquets. One vase came from Trader Joe’s with a forced hyacinth bulb.

The other “vase” came from our recycling bin! I think the “Strawberry Preserves” label adds a homey touch.

I decided the Lenten roses are the stars of these arrangements so I put them in each vase first.

Then, I played around with colors, heights, and textures in each vase until I was satisfied with the arrangements.

I like how they turned out! It was worth taking the tromp through a cold morning to make these little beauties!

This is a small vase that I was gifted with. It had a forced hyacinth bulb in it and came from Trader Joe’s. Photo by Author.
A Strawberry Preserves jar from our recycling bin is serving as a fun easy vase for this arrangement. Photo by Author.

HOMEMADE BOUQUET INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Gather Materials: Find a cup, vase, or recycled container or containers in the size/s that you would like and a pair of garden pruners or good scissors.
  2. Go Outside: Collect a handful or two of plant materials. You can cut flowers, grasses, herbs, and branches of trees. Think outside the box as you forage for the “ingredients” of your bouquet. It’s good to find different textures, colors, and lengths to mix.
  3. Prepare Plant Materials for Arrangements: Strip the bottom halves of the stems of all of their leaves. This will keep your bouquet fresher longer. Hold the stem firmly and run your hand down the stem lengthwise. This should make the leaves come free fairly easily.
  4. Arrangement Time!: Fill your vase/s halfway to two-thirds full with water. Start playing around with different plant combinations. Have fun! You can trim the bottom of the stems to achieve the plant heights that you want. Just take a little at a time because it’s easier to trim them than to end up with a piece that is too short.
  5. Enjoy!: Place your arrangement somewhere that it will be seen easily. Remember to freshen with water every few days and your arrangement should last for one to two weeks.

Do you already make homegrown bouquets? Please add any of your tips in the comments! Or, share a photo of your homegrown creation!

Questions? Please drop them below and I’ll do my best to answer!

P.S. I originally wrote this in April 2020! Today is June 21, 2020. Time for building summer bouquets! Flower Power! And, Happy Summer, Y’all!

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