I’ve always been a bit of a teacher’s pet and actually enjoy homework. I get a thrill submitting projects for review and anxiously await the feedback. I get especially excited when I’m proud of my work. My first flower homework assignment was no exception.
For our first assignment in Flower Arranging 101 we were shown how to create a hand-tied bouquet- characterized by its spiraled stem base that stands on it’s own, and a 360 design that looks good from every angle.
I really enjoyed the challenge of creating the spiral in the hand-tied bouquet and ended up redoing the project twice. It was important to me to get it right and I now feel like I could easily pick up a bunch of flowers and create a hundred of these standing beauties. This style of bouquet is popular for weddings, and for gifting because the receiver simply has to fill a vase and plop the flowers inside.
For my hand-tied bouquet I decided to choose flowers in warm autumnal hues with greenery that had a blueish tint to compliment them. I used golden mums, red protea (a tropical flower), a yellow and brown autumn berry mix, and eucalyptus leaves and berries for the filler. The results felt lush and organic, and I puffed my chest out in pride. - b.