I must admit, I am a bit of a flower snob, but then you can't blame me having spent a good many years living and breathing flowers. So like anyone, I have my favourites such as cymbidium orchids, Sarah Berndhart peonies, hyacinths, stocks, lilies.... I could go on! There are so many varieties of flowers that standard flowers such chrysanthemums and carnations, tend to fall into the background. As a florist these standard flowers are used as filler flowers when creating a mixed bouquet and they are there as a backdrop to more choice flowers and rarely take centre stage.
It used to be that you could only buy basic flowers such as roses, chrysanthemums, carnations etc from supermarkets, but as the years have melted by, the big guys have stepped up and provided the public with a more diverse range of flowers that you could only once get from your local florist. The problem with this diversity is that you end up forgetting about those once common traditional flowers such as carnations.
Today I am going to show you that carnations can be the star of the show and that they should by no means be overlooked.
So without further ado, here is a little summary of how to create a beautiful hand tied arrangement with just carnations.
|I managed to get two large bunches of these gorgeous dusky pink carnations for £6 from a local florist - a bargain!!|
|Once you have stripped the leaves you can start from holding a central stem to work from.|
|As you can see the heads are roughly about the same level and the stems are not crossing each other but fall nicely downwards.|
|Keep going until you have formed a dome and you've used up all your flowers.|
|The stems should spiral as you put one stem/flower in front and one behind and turn as you go.|
|The next step is tie off the arrangement with some string.|
|The easiest way to do this is to pull the string around several times to hold the stems in place and then lean it on a worktop edge whilst you tie it off.|
|It should look something like this when tied. I have cut the stems ready to add to my container.|
|Then all you need to do is place them in your desired vase. I have used an old coffee jar and just added a rustic raffia bow. (Ribbon would have been my second choice).|
|They will look even more gorgeous once the flowerheads have started to open out and the dome will be more fuller and frillier.|
What I love about using the humble carnation in this grouped style arrangement is that several flowers suddenly become one and create a unique frilly pretty domed flowerhead.
Have a good week friends!!