Bright flowers are one of the most rewarding plants to grow in the summer months and are easy to cut and enjoy around the home. While cutting fresh flowers and placing them in a vase will look good for a few days, Nem Vorkapic, head of floristry and design at Floward, explained that there’s more to it if you want a professional finish. How to cut and arrange your own bouquet using garden plants.
A vase full of flowers is enough to brighten up any room in the house, and it doesn’t have to cost a penny if you use your own garden flowers.
Nem Vorkapic, head of floristry and design at Floward, told Express.co.uk: “August is a fantastic month for gardening as many brightly colored flowers are in bloom, including Anemone, Aster and Craspedia, giving you plenty of opportunities to ease your home.”
Picking a handful of flowers from each plant is one way to create your own mixed bouquet, but what’s the key to keeping your vase full for longer?
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How to make a garden bouquet
The first step to creating the perfect bouquet is choosing the right plants.
Nem said: “If you are lucky enough to have these growing in your garden, I recommend choosing the plant ‘Garden Pinks’.
“They are popular in cottage gardens and they look great in front of borders and in pots.
“Plus, they’re a delicate yet vibrant pink that can brighten up any room.”
Some species are known as ‘cut and come again’ flowers and will thrive after being picked from the ground. Sweet peas and zinnias are good examples of this.
Make a clean cut for a healthy bouquet
Cutting the flowers correctly is essential to prolonging your indoor vase display.
All flowers and leaves should be cut about an inch from the base of the main stem using clean and sharp secateurs.
Nem said, “It’s important to make the slice at a 45-degree angle, as it helps expose more surface area for water absorption and helps the stem stand on a point so water can contact the sliced surface.”
It is important to remove any foliage on the lower plant that may be submerged in water before placing the stem in the vase.
This is done to inhibit bacterial growth, which can otherwise reduce the life of the flower or cause odors in the water.
Layer the flowers
Layers are key when it comes to placing your flowers, and each bunch should begin with foliage at the bottom.
Nem said, “Next, start adding your smaller flowers in a circle, rotating the vase as you go to make sure the arrangement is symmetrical.
“Finally, add your large flowers on the bottom tier of the bouquet for a natural finish and to avoid damage.”
How to make cut flowers last longer
Most flowers stop growing as soon as they are cut, so it is only a matter of time before the flowers die.
To slow the decline of your homegrown bouquet and “nourish the flowers,” Nem recommended:
- Change the vase water regularly to avoid bacteria build-up
- Use sugar water to stimulate new flowers to open – (two tablespoons of sugar diluted in a glass of warm water)
- Adding two tablespoons of white vinegar to the vase water to limit bacterial growth
- Using lemon-lime soda combined with water in the vase
- Remove all lower leaves from the flowers to ensure none end up in the water
- Always cut one to two centimeters from the stems at an angle