The early summer season brings so many exciting things. For me, it means the ability to start utilizing flowers from around The Farm (and, for you, your yard) in arrangements. I am continually perusing magazines and local greenhouses for exciting flowers to plant, not only for their gorgeous addition to the flowerbeds but also as a means to add wonderful color and texture to homemade flower arrangements.
Putting together a quick and simple rustic arrangement from your yard is easier than you think. In many cases, it allows you to think outside the box and develop your creativity.
Always start by looking around your flowerbeds for “filler” greens and “texture” greens.
Filler greens are plants that will take up space to make the arrangement look larger without using a multitude of your flowers.
- hosta – add so much color and fill a lot of space
- ostrich fern – with long branches, they are perfect for any arrangement
Texture greens are unique items that add interest and something extra to the look. For this arrangement, I went to a road ditch that I noticed had some wonderful-looking “weeds.” And honestly, I don’t even know the name of this plant.
- allium – the flowers are long gone, but the empty balls add great texture
- ditch weeds – great color and texture
Think outside the normal realms of what you can use. In my case, I noticed these wonderful items as I was mowing and was instantly inspired.
Next, all I had to do was look through my beds to see what was in bloom.
I always try to use the rule of odd numbers when putting together arrangements. Why? Well, odd numbers are more pleasing to the eye and work better together. So I pick in increments of three or five.
To house this country-themed arrangement, I used a white Ironstone pitcher. It adds a sturdy base and does not distract from the flowers’ natural colors.
Quick Tip: Keep flower food on hand so that when inspiration hits, you will have the nourishment your flowers need. Any florist shop will have these packets of food on hand for you to purchase.
Start with your plentiful greens and get the overall shape and size you desire. This will allow you to know what you are working with before you start putting in flowers.
Next, add your flowers. Sometimes I like to group similar flowers together for great impact, but this arrangement was working perfectly with this rustic feel, so I wasn’t too worried. Finish with your texture (in my case, allium balls) just to give the look a special touch.
This arrangement is perfect for an outdoor dinner party or as a great indoor centerpiece. You cannot go wrong when you use what you have, especially since it will all be free! Have fun and be inspired by the landscape around you. Start arranging!