With Valentine's Day approaching, it's time for engaged gentlemen out there to start thinking about to how to surprise their bride-to-be. While picking up a bouquet from her favourite florist is one option, taking the extra effort to make one from scratch is bound to impress. With that in mind, here are some expert tips from Presh Floral to help you along.
- Keira garden roses (3 stems – approx $7/stem)
- Majolika spray roses (3 stems – approx $4/stem)
- Light pink hyacinth (1 stem – approx $5/stem)
- Light pink tulip (1 stem – approx $3/stem)
- White spray roses (2 stems – approx $4/stem)
- White ranunculus (3 stems – approx $5/stem)
- White veronica (3 stems – approx $3/stem)
- White stock (3 stems – approx $5/stem)
- White frilly edged tulip (1 stem – approx $4/stem)
- Salal (3 stems – approx $1/stem)
- Tiki tree fern (3 stems – approx $0.50/stem)
- English ivy (clip 2 vines - $10-20 for a pot)
- Pink silk ribbon
- Floral clippers
Step One: Pick out a variety of blooms of different sizes and shapes so you have a mixture of focal flowers, filler flowers, line flowers and greenery. Here we are using a variety of pale pink and white flowers to make a sweet Valentine's bouquet. You will also need some floral clippers, some twine, and ribbon.
Step Two: Once you have all your materials, carefully de-thorn the roses (my favourite way to do that is with nail clippers!) and remove all the foliage below where water would sit in a vase. Leaves in water will rot and shorten the vase life of a bouquet.
Step Three: To start building your bouquet, take a focal flower such a garden rose and place its stem between your thumb and index finger. Next take a filler flower such as spray rose and place its stem at a 45-degree angle from the other stem.
TIP! To create a loose, whimsical bouquet try not to hold the stems too tight and shake them out a little every once and a while. Also, don't skimp on the greenery! We have used some cascading English ivy and wispy tree fern to give the bouquet romantic feel.
Step Four: Rotate the stems slightly and add a piece of greenery such as salal. Continue to rotate the bouquet and add pieces crossing the stems at an angle. Try to place flowers at different heights to create interest. For example, here we have a ranunculus peeking up and some tulips draping down.
Step Five: Once you have incorporated all your flowers, tie the stems together with twine and use your clippers to cut all the stems to the same length.
Step Seven: Give your creation to your love with a handwritten note and get some extra brownie points!