Create a Florist Style Arrangement Using Garden Flowers and Wildflowers

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Preparing Floral Foam

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Steps

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    Soak the floral foam in water.
    For this demonstration, we have already soaked our floral foam.
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    Place the soaked floral foam in the arrangement basket.
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    Start with some big leaves.
    We are starting with garden branch leaves. They look similar to what we call "salal" or lemon leaf that we use in the floral industry.
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    Cut off any length from the bottom to create the desired height.
    Push the stem into the floral foam. We used these because they're nice and big. We will use them to define the height of the arrangement. The top-most flowers will probably come only as high as these leaves.
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    Using either additional leaves or the sections that were already cut, create some shorter sections.
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    Press these sections into the floral foam all around the basket.
    We will turn the basket as we work to make sure things are evenly spaced. We have some leaves with holes, and we will show you what we do with those later.
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    Cut short sections of a different type of foliage.
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    Add these sections into the floral foam.
    Again, we will turn the basket as we work. The different type of foliage gives a variety to the overall appearance and make things look more natural. Continue to turn and add more leaves. We are trying to make sure that we are starting to cover our mechanics, which is the taped floral foam and plastic container inside the basket.
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    For each piece of foliage, cut a bit of the stem right before it is added.
    This is so that we are able to open up the stems and allow the stems to drink. We put them directly into the floral foam and try really hard not to move them. This is so that we don't compromise where the end of the stem is able to drink inside of the floral foam. If we have to pull the stem back, we create an air pocket where the stem can't drink. Once our arrangement is made, if we want to freshen it up, we can take the foliage and flowers out and give them a fresh cut. We can put them back in the Oasis floral foam, trying to use a fresh hole. Try to make sure that it's not in an area that's already been used. As far as reusing floral foam, it can collect bacteria, so I wouldn't recommend it.
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    Start adding flowers.
    We're starting with our lupins. Take a good look to determine where to place it.
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Line Flowers and Feature Flowers

Welcome to VisiHow. This is a tutorial showing you how to create a florist style arrangement using garden flowers and wildflowers. Thanks for joining us for part 2, in which we show you how to add line flowers and feature flowers.

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Steps

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    Pick a flower to start.
    We are starting with lupin. Take a good look at where it could be placed. Hold the flower over the basket to see how it might look. Keep in mind that this will be viewed from all sides.
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    Cut the stem to create a fresh end.
    Push the stem into the floral foam. We are putting it in the center-most area. This will be the outermost point of this arrangement. It defines where the rest of the flowers will be.
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    Add more lupin.
    We have a pink lupin. We are turning the basket and looking for a place to put it. We will use three lupins in this arrangement, so we want to really place them where they're going to be seen and appreciated from all sides. So let's say we take this to a friend in a hospital room or something like that, whoever is in the room will be able to enjoy it, even if they happen to be on the other side of the room. We're starting with the lupins because they really are one of the main feature flowers.
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    Now we add a purple lupin.
    Use a few colors. Sometimes we want to stick to just a few colors, and stick to a color scheme using the color wheel as a guide. In this case, because we're using mostly garden flowers and fresh wildflowers that aren't store-bought, we are limited, especially if we don't want to take all our flowers. Now that we have our lupin in, we can see the framework starting.
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    Find any leaves that have holes in them.
    Cut them using scissors to make them look a little bit nicer. This is one of the ways that we can salvage something. Otherwise, if we had to take the whole leaf out, we might throw our arrangement off balance. We will add a little more foliage here as well. By the way, this style of basket arrangement was really one of the best-selling, number one, top-ordered arrangements in every flower shop we've worked in.
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    Add the next flower type.
    We will start in with our rose. We have a few very special garden roses that we really love. They're very fragrant. Be careful with roses! They have thorns. The roses are also going to be a large focal point. We're placing these next because we want the eye to see and appreciate the roses. We really want them to be very well placed.
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Add More Feature Flowers

Welcome to VisiHow. In this tutorial, we show you how to create a best-selling florist style arrangement using garden flowers and wildflowers. Thank you for joining us for part three, where we add more feature flowers.

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Steps

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    Turn the basket to assess the arrangement so far.
    It's good to use gloves if we can, while handling roses. Here we have our rose, and we're going to put it into an area with a lot of space behind it. This is so that it is viewed singularly, rather than right up against another flower, where it's not as likely to be appreciated.
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    Give the stem a fresh cut and insert the stem into the floral foam.
    When we're putting the flowers into the floral foam, we want to hold the bottom with one hand and the top with another hand. We try to guide the stem down and into where we want it to be. Now that we've got three roses placed, we're starting with a new flower, a garden daisy chrysanthemum. It could be a standard "daisy mum", and this looks just like a daisy mum, but it's a garden wildflower. We are following the same technique as we've done for the other flowers.
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    Cut the stem and get an idea of where the daisy will go.
    Then place it.
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    Let's continue to turn the arrangement and see how the different flowers are placed.
    We want them to be viewed and enjoyed separately.
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    Let's add another garden daisy.
    The white is really going to show up beautifully against the green. This is starting to really look like a spring-summery countryside.
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    Start to plan where to put the rest of the flowers.
    After we place all our feature flowers, we will start in with some of the other flowers, which we consider to be filler flowers. Let's finish off with the garden daisies. This will look nice next to the rose. It is ideal a lot of times to work with threes and fives in floral design. It allows us to create pleasing placements.
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Filler Flowers

Welcome to VisiHow. In this tutorial, we show you how to create a best-selling florist style arrangement using wildflowers and garden flowers. Thank you for joining us for part four, where we are adding what we consider to be filler flowers.

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Steps

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    Cut the stem down to use where needed.
    We are using a garden wildflower called phlox. It's fragrant and lovely and it's going to just give an overall very friendly, peaceful and cheerful look that everybody loves to see. Actually, a lot of these flowers are really the same flowers that we would purchase if we were getting this sent from a floral shop. The roses and the daisy mums, we'd be getting from a floral shop. Lupins are less likely. What we would be more likely to get in this case would probably be snapdragons, which are fantastic garden flowers as well. But we have lupins, so that is what we're using as our line flower.
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    Place the filler flowers at various heights to go in and fill in the gaps where there isn't anything now.
    We don't want to overdo it either. We want it to look like nature, which usually isn't too terribly bunched up, with a lot of different colors. We'll find just a few colors, just like in the landscapes, when we look out and see a lot of pinks or yellows, but we won't see a whole bunch of colors all together.
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    Continue to turn it and ask if we like it and if we are done.
    We're not sure. We've still got some more phlox. Some people pronounce it "floss". We will add more to the bottom to round it all out.
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    Let's add some chickweed.
    It's a fantastic little plant that performs a lot like baby's breath in arrangements. Baby's breath, something that we really do love, has fallen a little bit out of favor in floral shops. A lot of flower shops don't even carry it, but we still think it's a fantastic flower, especially by itself. Chickweed performs and looks very similar, though it's not as profuse with little flowers. It does a really nice job of filling in and it's very sparse, so it's very graceful and elegant when we put it in amongst the rest of the garden wildflowers.
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Finishing Arrangment

Welcome to VisiHow! In this tutorial, we show you how to create your own florist style arrangement using garden flowers and wildflowers. Thank you for joining us for part five, in which we finish it all off.

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Steps

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    Keep turning the arrangement and looking at it, to see if we like where things are.
    We can take things out and place them again, but we wouldn't recommend doing it too much. We don't want to create the air pockets in the floral foam. When done with the arrangement, add a little bit more water. Don't forget to set it on something that will make it waterproof. We don't want to take it to someone's house and give it to them and have them set it on a table and have it ruin their antique table. That's not good.
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    Make sure the mechanics are covered.
    We keep on turning it to see if we like the way it looks. There are a few more places at the bottom where we could probably cover up some of our mechanics. We can see a little floral foam from one angle. But for the most part, it's just about done, and we really like it.
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    Let's add a little more foliage.
    We will add foliage from the lilac plant. The lilac leaves are a bit of finishing to cover up our mechanics. We will cut a bit of it down because ours was too big. We don't want it to dwarf the rest of the arrangement. That's sometimes one of those things we need to take into consideration too. How big is the foliage up against the flowers we are going to be using? So when we're out walking around in a field of wildflowers or picking flowers along the side of the highway where we might find these kinds of flowers, we'll keep an eye open for unusual foliage. Watch out for poison ivy! Leaves of three, let it be, they say. Don't forget that there's a lot of really great foliage to be found on trees. If there are any trees that have a lot of leaves on them, we can take a little bit. Try not to overdo it, don't take too much. Keep in mind to do as much as we can do with as few flowers and as little foliage as possible. We still want to leave the flowers out there growing, and leave the plants for the birds.
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    We have finished.
    This arrangement is very similar to one of the absolute most popular and most purchased and ordered floral designs in most flower shops. This tutorial has shown how to make it ourselves using garden and wildflowers. Thank you very much for taking this floral journey. The flowers we used in this arrangement were pink, purple and white lupins, ox-eye daisies, garden roses, wild phlox, wild chickweed and assorted branch greens such as lilac leaves.
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