Reader Challenge Update
I completed my necklace for Lorelei’s Reader Challenge. I was stewing about what to do with the white chain, but I came up with a solution that works quite well. The “Great Revealing” of everyone’s work will be October 17th. It’s hard not to share before then but…I won’t!
My husband came into the house this afternoon, with his arms filled with all these asters. The rain had beaten them down and they were now lying on the driveway. He’d cut them out of the way and inquired, “Do you want to do something with these, otherwise I’ll throw them away”. He knows me. Flowers never go to waste around here!
Floral arranging has a lot in common with jewelry design. Both fulfill my love of color and beauty. Both require attention to balance, proportion and texture.
Mini Floral Design Tutorial
Floral arranging is one of my favorite activities, so I think I’ll try sharing the steps I took in creating a bouquet with these flowers.
- When planning a bouquet, give a little thought to selecting a pleasing color combination. To some extent this will be limited by what is blooming in your garden at the time. Right now we have abundant amounts of black-eyed susans, which I decided to combine with the purple asters.. Purple and yellow is a lovely combination, but its best to choose a predominate color and a secondary color. If the colors are present in equal amounts they tend to compete for attention. Thus, I used mostly the purple asters, with fewer black-eyed susans giving bursts of golden-yellow.
- Remove all the leaves from the stems that will be under water. Leaves + water = rot = bacteria = wilted flowers. The leaves on these asters were ugly anyway because the weather has turned cold and the asters are starting to die.
- Next you need to cut the stems at an angle. The angle allows more of the stem surface to be exposed to the water, making it easier to keep the flowers hydrated. After cutting the flowers, they need to have those cut ends placed immediately in water, or the ends will seal over. Just place them in an extra vase or pot until you are ready to use them in your arrangement.
- Now you can begin placing stems in your vase. Do not cut all the stems the same length, instead place some taller ones in the center and taper down toward the sides. Turn the vase as you go, to keep the arrangement balanced. Some people like to place the vase on a lazy-susan, so they can easily turn it, as they add flowers. As the stems interlace inside the vase, you will be creating a structure that will help support the stems that you add later.
- When it is starting to get full, add some of your secondary color. Are there some gaps? Add more of the primary color or fill in with something airy, like baby’s breath. It looks better if it isn’t perfect, so don’t fret. Just have fun.
- Now sit back and lets nature’s beauty sink deep into your soul. Breathe deeply and let the contentment in.