Category Archives: Flower Arranging

Using Foliage as Fillers for Flower Bouquets

One thing you learn very quickly as a online florist is that you never deal with just flowers. There’s so much to  creating, presenting and delivering the perfect floral bouquet.

As the seasons change, so do the range of available flowers and plants. As an experienced floral arranger you need to adapt and work with the available materials that you have to hand.

One of the most important floral accessories is foliage. Foliage is used to bulk out a stunning bouquet of flowers and it also provides contract for everything else. Again your available foliage is going to be different in Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer.

If you have the capacity in terms of time and available room you could look into growing your own foliage from seed. Grasses and grains can make excellent choices for foliage and are also relatively easy to grow yourself. Cress and millet are two popular types of foliage. There is also nothing to stop you from adding in herbs that can also compliment and enhance the fragrance of your chosen flowers.

You can really experiment with your herbs and flowers to find combinations that bring out the best in each other for that sweet smelling bouquet that the receiver can’t get enough of. This is one thing you learn very fast as a Internet florist, how the flowers look is a big part of success but if you can play on the sense of smell your bouquets will turn a lot more heads.

Foliage can really add character to your floral bouquets. Tall, wispy grasses placed strategically within your bouquet can really do wonders for its visual appeal.

Some of the most popular foliage that you can take advantage of for your arrangements are Green Bells, Bupleurum, Euphorbia and Honeywort.

Euphorbia is one of the easiest plants to use for your foliage requirements. It can be used in many different ways and can compliment any floral bouquet with ease. Just be cautious when you harvest your Euphorbia as the sap can irritate some peoples skin.

Mint is another foliage favourite of hours. Who doesn’t like the smell of mint? Mint is such a fresh, fragrant smell that easily reminds you of nature. Another great advantage of mint is that it’s easy to grow and is usually available during the colder months.

Plumping Up the Volume in Your Bouquet Arrangements

Flower arranging is a unique skill. Once that can take many years to commercially good at. As professional floral arranger at we often get asked for our advice and tips on how the receivers of bouquets can make the best out of arranging their flowers.

There is nothing worse than receiving a gorgeous bouquet of flowers, bringing out your favourite vase, arranging your flowers but left with gaping holes in your floral display.

Does this happen to you? Yes frustrating isn’t it?

Well today we’ve got some awesome tips to help you solve those common flower arranging problems.

There is nothing worse that placing your bouquet in a special vase and then not being able to arrange the flowers in a way that does your flowers any justice. Either you experience gaps in your bouquet or you just cannot seem to fit in the odd flower and get it exactly where you want it.

Once of the best tips we give out is once you receive a bouquet don’t rush to cram it in your vase. Lay out all of the flowers on some newspaper. Sort the flowers into different categories. Those categories should be by length of stem and also the strength of the stem.

What we want to do first is to start creating our bouquet by placing our medium sized stems in the vase first. This will give us our starting point and a level base from which to build from. As always make sure you prune or cut off any protruding stems or leaves that will sit below the top of the vase.

Many people also believe that each flower should be placed straight up and down. This is one mistake that can ruin your arrangement. As you place each flower individually, be sure to place each alternative flower in a diagonal fashion. After you’ve place a few more flowers it will look like the stems actually criss cross each other.

If you have many flowers in your soft stem category, you can now place those in your vase and placing them next to your stronger stems will help. Another great tip is to also place those soft stems around the edges of your vase. This will help some of them lean over giving you a nice draping look to your arrangement.

We hope these tips are going to help you with your flower arranging skills!

Popular Floral Trends for 2020

The trends in the flower industry are not different to the trends that happen in fashion or music. Its a never ending cycle of what’s in and what’s not. What was popular last year may not be this year.

Often things that was popular 20 or 30 years ago can find itself back in favour in modern times. as we said, it goes in cycles.

So whats hot for 2020?

Stems that Speak Volumes
One of the upcoming trends in the floristry market are stems. What we means is that bigger and bolder is becoming more popular. Long stems and large floral heads are quickly replacing the smaller flowers we’ve been used to seeing.

Bold Vases
Over the years the plain old vase had one job to do, hold the flowers in water and not fall over. These days though more emphasis is being placed on the vase itself. The vase can also become an important part or even the centrepiece of any beautiful bouquet. You can be very artistic with your vases and experiment with many shapes, colours and vase designs for the ultimate look and feel.

Drying Flowers
Have you ever received a gorgeous bouquet from a friend, lover or partner that you held onto for dear life? You loved the bouquet so much you wanted it to stay with you for as long as possible. Well no one says you have to throw it away. Flowers can be recycled and dried and kept for many years. Imagine treasuring that prized bouquet forever!

Doing More with Less
You don’t always have to go overboard and purchase bouquets that are over flowing with flowering beauty. In a world where we all have too many things, minimalism is becoming a lot more popular. You can create or buy a minimalistic bouquet and still make a powerful statement with it.


Creating That Floral Festive Christmas Table

It won’t belong before Christmas is upon us again. What are your plans? Are you going to be entertaining family this year? If you are you may enjoy our suggested Christmas table flowers in this post.

Good luck to you if you are. Christmas is a wonderful time of year but can also be pretty stressful with all the things to think about, remember, buy and organise.

So if you do have a lot of family or friends over for Christmas dinner, they you’ll want to put something special on. Yes the menu you create and the food you prepare is of course important. You want everything to be just right. You want the people that attend to talk about your Christmas dinner for years to come.

You’ll want to put in the same amount of effort into your Christmas table layout and decoration as you do into the menu you’ll prepare.

So how can you do this? What can you do to make a big impact?

Let us help you with some of our Christmas table decorating ideas.

First you will need to consider what theme you will use for Christmas day. There are many different colours that work well for Christmas table settings. From crimson reds, golds, silvers, purples there are many colour themes you can choose. You tablecloth is going to be your canvas, your background material. The colour of your tablecloth is going to hugely influence your choice of colour for your theme. Reds for example will look better on a neutral colour of white, cream and maybe even gold. Contrast that for a second with using a black table cloth. Doesn’t quite have the same effect does it?

So remember to choose a nice neutral colour for your tablecloth. There are also a number of different styles and shapes that you can use. You can cover all of the table or have it drape across the table in a diamond shape.

Once you have chosen the main colour theme, you can look at bringing out specific tones of that colour with your tableware and accessories. Think napkins, crackers, placemats, floral arrangements. There is so many ways to customise a Christmas table for maximum impact.

We hope that’s given you some food for thought and we also hope you put some thought into your food!

You don’t want a beautifully laden table with a Christmas dinner that lacks taste!

Stuck With What Flowers to Buy? Here’s Some Inspiration

Have you ever been in that situation where you really feel like you want order flowers and have them placed around the home? Or maybe you want to surprise someone dear to you but you really are lost as to what to buy. You just cannot get inspired and cannot make a decision on what to buy.

In this post we are going to try and help you with some inspiration based on our many years of experience.

Small but Makes a Statement
You don’t have to go too overboard when it comes to buying yourself some flowers. Its not the size of it, it’s what you do with it! Heard that a few times before! Choose some seasonal flowers and arrange in a way that gives the appearance of it being circular. These small charming bouquets work well when they are displayed on a corner table.

Make A Big Statement
There are some flower arrangements that just sit quietly in the corner, they get noticed but they are very subtle. Now they do server a purpose and every floral arrangement can serve a specific purpose. Buy maybe you want something overpowering with beauty and fragrance, to become a showpiece or centrepiece of your room? What you need is a very large and flamboyant bouquet that catches your eye as soon as you enter the room. What will serve you best is having flowers with tall stems with a matching tall vase. Flowers like delphinium will work well as well as using the branches of the willow tree. Placing these tall stems in the centre or at the front of the vase will maximise their impact.

Flowering Eye Candy!
You could also call this a medium size bouquet. You want this arrangement to make a big statement but maybe not as obvious as the largest more flamboyant bouquet. This bouquet would typically be just over 30 inches in height and with any large flower arrangement, its best place away from a wall. Placing tall or large arrangements can make the room look a little crammed, so put this one in a place where all its glory can be v

How To Get Creative with Flowers

Owning your own home is such a wonderful way to use your creative flower arranging skills. It’s so nice to have that place where you can be yourself. A place that kind of reflects you in many ways. You r own unique style and personality shines from the way your home looks and feels.

There are many activities and projects that you can undertake that will involve your creativity and your love of flowers. Use your skill and flair to create an even more inspiring home for you and your family.

One of the most common creative activities around the home that includes flowers is the pastime of drying your own flowers and using them to add special unique touches to your home.

Drying your own flowers is a fairly simple process. Simply select your desired flowers, take some kitchen paper and place your flowers in between each piece of kitchen paper. Place your paper and flowers inside your flower press. If you do not have one then you can use some heavy books or some books and then place heavy weights upon them. Ensure that they are kept in a dry spot for at least 21 days.

Another use for dried flower creativity is one that most people won’t even be aware of. Have you every heard of creating your own wallpaper? Not many people are aware that you can but it is possible. Ok we’ll let our secret out. When we say wallpaper we are referring the the background of your desktop computer or mobile phone screen :). So if you have a flower arrangement in your house that you are most proud of. Make sure they are placed in good light that brings out the best in them. Then, take your time to take the right picture. You may have to try a few different angles and it may take you multiple attempts to get the right photo.

Once you have the perfect photo set it as your background on your computer and mobile phone!