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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.

Seed Sowing and Growing Your Own Flowers

Theres nothing like a fresh cut display or bouquet of gorgeous smelling flowers whether you visit the florist or have send flowers by post.

But have you ever thought about growing your own gorgeous flowers? “I’d never be able to do that and rival the flowers in the florists”.  Well, we’ve got news for you. This is avery possible and we’re going to give you some ideas of exactly how you can do that.

It all starts as you can imagine, with planting those seeds. This is the foundation for growing beautiful flowers.

Make sure you purchase a good number of bags of peat free compost. Use a peat free compost if you have the ability to water your plants at least every day. If you have such a busy schedule that you’re unable to do that then consider a compost that includes agents to enable it to remain moist.

Once you have returned with your bags of compost another great tip can be to use a sieve to run your compost through. Filing your seed trays with sieved compost allows you to remove any larger lumps of compost which in turn removes the potential for excess air to get in which increases the quality of germination.

Once you have your compost in your seed trays and you have planted your seeds according to the seed suppliers instructions, you may be concerned as to where to keep your trays in order to get the best results. Should they have good light or be placed in the dark or in the warmth or the cold?

We use a product called Vermiculite. This is great  for holding seeds down in their place because when you water regularly, the splashing of the water can cause the seeds to rise up so they end of with no compost coverage. This of course will affect how well your seeds germinate.

When buying your seed, ensure you buy good quality. As with anything in life, paying for better quality items can work in your favour especially in the long run and thats important when growing beautiful flowers.

Post Flower Season Clean Up

After a long warm summer, once the flower season has passed, it’s time to get out there, clear up and get everything ready for the winter. The better you can clean up and prepare the better you will find it for growing next season.

The soil seems to be the healthiest when there is something growing on it or covering it. Many people clear away old plant crop and throw it into their composting process. But, if you can, the left over growth of flowers, plants etc and their roots are best left to rot and decompose into the soil. This will be the best thing for the soil from a nutrient perspective. If you are going to let the remains of this seasons crop rot then you will have less work to do to achieve a better soil!

Once you’ve made the decision to leave it all to rot, you’ll want to cover the area in black plastic sheeting. The purpose of laying down the black plastic sheet to 1: to stop weed growth from taking over and 2) allowing the earth worms to rise to the top of the soil. We want to stop light from shining onto the weeds and promoting growth but we also want to stop the rain from hitting the soil hard and draining away much need nutrients.

There are also some winter plants that could be planted to help with soil replenishing for next season. Mustard is one such plant that will provide a covering and a similar effect to the black plastic covering. Growing the mustard plant though will require warm weather in September and October.

Lastly, you’ll want to introduce some composting into the soil. This would be best if you can use your own compost as you’ll know that there were no chemicals added.