Flower Magazine

JUL-AUG 2018

Browse "flower" to learn techniques from established and up-and-coming designers, be inspired by the floral decor of weddings, galas, and flower and garden shows, and infuse your lifestyle with chic floral fashion and home decor.

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2 1 3 2 | Form a ball with floral wire, and stick it into the container. I start with the thickest, woody stems first— the pieris, mountain ash, and tropical foliage. Create the frame of the arrange- ment, while also crisscrossing the stems in the container to give it strength. 6 | So far, the tones are all the same, but the roses add a different note. Stick the blooms low, and keep them together to create depth. Before adding, cut off the thorns. It doesn't have to be all of them— just enough on the bottom so that they slide into the wire easily. Finally, add a few smaller dahlias to add volume. 4 | Add one of the dahlias. Stick the largest one in low, keeping it just above the line of the vase, but make sure the placement looks natural. Then go back and include lighter elements with the cosmos. I like to group a few of these smaller blooms together so that the eye has a place to rest. 1 | Use cosmos, dahlias, pieris, 'Distant Drums' garden roses, Queen Anne's lace, tropical foliage, mountain ash, bunny tail, and various grasses. I wanted to use mostly neutrals with just a pop of color. 5 | Bring some texture with wild grasses and bunny tail. These are so California—I often pick them from the side of the road. Keep grasses tall and asymmetrical in the design while also looking for holes to fill. 3 | Add the Queen Anne's lace, following the line of the branches. I love how delicate this flower is. It can also create height and fill in some of the negative space if you cut it at all different lengths. 5 4 6 My rule with finding holes in arrangements is that if you think there is one, then it's probably there. Don't overthink it. —NATALIE BOWEN J U LY/A U G U S T 2 0 1 8 | 35 For more information, see Sources, page 84

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