Alix StowersComment

designing in june

Alix StowersComment
designing in june

Hello hello! I'm SUPER excited to share my first "how-to" style post with you -- and even more excited that it's featuring all flowers blooming in June.

There's a reason, probably a different one, but a reason people like to get married in June and I think it must have a little bit to do with the flowers :) When else do you get peonies, delphinium, campanula, stock... just so much good stuff all blooming at once? Whether you're designing for a wedding or just want something beautiful for your home, you can't go wrong with what is growing right now.

Scroll through for a little tutorial on this seasonal centerpiece.

1. The first thing you'll need is your vase, flower food, and shears. If you don't have floral shears, a sharp kitchen knife works well! I recommend avoiding scissors as they tend to compress the stems, shortening the life of each flower.

This is a 5" x 6" glass cylinder vase and I lined it with a bit of curly willow to add some interest, but that's totally optional! 

2. Designers have some differing opinions about how to start, but I always like to green my vases first. It gives you a nice structure to work with and you can really control the overall shape you want to achieve by starting this way. I like to generally keep the greens about double to 1.5 times the height of the vase.

This is a mix of pittosporum, baptisia foliage, dusty miller, and pennycress.

** Always make sure there are no leaves below the water line! They will start to decompose and taint the water, compromising the lifespan of the rest of the arrangement. **

3. The next thing I like to add are some of the larger / taller flowers, in this case I used a mix of stock, snapdragons, and campanula. 

You'll want to be continuously spinning your arrangement to make sure you aren't neglecting a certain side and that everything is evenly spaced.

4. Next, I added what I like to call the showstoppers :) so, the peonies and the blueberry branch. I LOVE incorporating fruit into arrangements, later in the summer we'll get some local blackberries which are so darling with fresh flowers.

5. After I add the more focal flowers, I'll start to fill in with some smaller, more textural items.

Here I've added in some lovely light pink sweet peas, and a pretty white anemone.

5. The last thing I like to do is take a look at it from all angles, and see if there are any "holes" or areas that could use another pop of color. 

I added the bright yellow / peach icelandic poppies, some wild daisies, and baptisia to really up the color factor and add to the more "wild" look I like to try to achieve.

And... there you have it! 

It's a fairly intuitive process for me, but I hope this breakdown was helpful to anyone looking to spruce up their space with some blooms!

My best piece of advice would be not to shy away from color and VARIETY! I try not to have more than three of any one flower in my arrangements to make sure they always look as garden fresh and varied as possible.

Happy designing!!