Preparing a Simple Attendant Bouquet
Let's start cleaning up our mint mints usually gets a little messy in the bottom so and that some of the leaves get dark black so we'll take those off quickly to prepare for our bouquet got our in studio students following along here so I'll take all of these off this one is not in very good shape will just toss this question. You had said that for the bridal bouquet on average it might be ten to twelve different types of flowers yeah is there on average of how many of the ones that were in the bridal bouquet you might worry over u s o for this one we just did yeah I mean maybe three or four you can carry over including the the film not the filler is really but the foliage so I have run oculus and these roses which I used in the bride's bouquet and so and also I used uh explosion grass so I kind of continued with this theme with a little bit of variation and the white has filled the instead of the pink and some sweet peas on poppy's so I would say, you know, it's not quite eleven diffe...
rent things that to tell different things that we're using but I think it's enough to make a nice on simple bouquet and beautiful one so are you are you guys all cleaned up? No, not yet really? I know it's really? I love mint whenever I could use it meant or oregano time and it has beautiful flowers to use stage way used a lot of staging the bridal yeah, you try to put something aromatic and every bouquet that you know if I can yes, I will. It's nice to have a good smelling if your bride is not allergic to any smells or flowers it's always nice to have the sort of flowers or greens that smell good that have a nice aroma. I had a bride once who wanted all herbs in her book a that's all she wanted plus succulence because she liked to cook so we use lots of time and already know and rosemary and that's interesting because many brides will actually dry there bouquet? Yeah, after the fact you and then maybe they can cook with it. Tio yes? Can we got a question coming here about the order in which you design these bouquets that you always create the bridal bouquet first and then kind of work on the attendant bouquets? Yes, I like to create the bridal bouquet first on because that's kind of where I get my inspiration from for the attendant bouquets, I have a question actually conditioning the time, okay, I recently tried toe work with some and it was it was pretty difficult, you know is pretty because it grows low to the ground, huh? It was pretty short stem yeah, it was pretty messy and I ultimately didn't end up using it wondering if you have any tips honestly, I don't know why, but the time that I have in my garden has just gone crazy and I don't know how I haven't done anything to it maybe the kind that there's different kinds out there and it could be the kind of herb that you know, the seed that you use that you have in your garden that's not that doesn't grow as march or even the exposure to the sun is it exposed well enough to the sun? Um, you know, I have two varieties of time that I'm growing on and the one actually it was getting a little too much sun, but into it I guess for me it's more they're like their long it up and they were, you know, so yeah, that hasn't happened to me, I have a long ones on also the flower mart has had really tall ones, so I don't know how they I don't know honestly trying to get to do that because I haven't had to work for mine to be that tall well, yeah, we'll need to know there's a different variety that yeah definitely shares what I think there is let lemon thyme that is really good for for using in bouquets and the one that I have grown in my yard is definitely pretty is tall enough to use in a bouquet just curious I know earlier in the chat room people were wondering a bit about your garden what do you grow besides the time is there a lot that you try to incorporate that you grow yourself yes so I'm a big fan fan of david austin roses and the garden roses and they are expensive so I try to have my own whenever I cannot not going to be able to use those for an event I don't have that many but I have about twelve bushes of the boston roses and they're just absolutely beautiful I have wisteria I've got three boxes of herbs and vegetables um what else do I have? I have honeysuckle I love honeysuckle and I can't wait for it be blooming so that I can use it in a book a I think it's really pretty used in a bouquet what else do I have weighed just planet some poppies and sweet peas um I have a lot of geranium love geranium it's something that my grandfather had in his garden and I love it um that's about it I have a great two yeah I'm lilac what would a garden be without lilacs? Yeah have lilacs? Yeah and I guess your palate changes though, as the seasons change is well, yes very good point yes how do you handle that? So I try to grow things that would look good in the fall if I can um I haven't had that many things at idiot for the fall just because my it's hasn't I haven't gotten through the whole process with my garden and making sure that it's got everything blooming in every season, but we have some holly for christmas there's crab apple, which looks absolutely amazing in the fall with the little crab apple berry's um what else you know what looks good in the fall in that tree expert here? Yeah, you know, I don't know much about, um like there's certain foliage like silver tip and during christmas that's what we're talking leaves are amazing for, you know, holiday arrangement, yeah, that's something that I loved any kind of pine or j yeah, yeah, we have a pine tree is it's a huge one? Yeah, but I always see around although I don't have any my garden I do have lots of hilla boy, which is again a spring flower and hide ranger and those look amazing in the fall they have a different ships somehow they have a different shade in the fall than they do in spring time so anyway, I feel like california is not so with the changing off the season, you don't really it's not that drastic that you wouldn't have, you wouldn't have flowers in your garden still, and now, you know, you have sort of a mixed bucket, but you're now arranging them and to pile exactly. So is that how does that make the process easier? We'll just kind of organizing them so that as I'm putting it together, I don't have to keep reaching and into the bucket and then making sure that they're the right length or some of the dead ones are not included in my batch over here like this. Um, it just seems like you have the flowers closer to you. Um some of the foliage yeah, maybe I know that that wasn't intentional that organically happens that we just happened everything an arm's length u s so it's easy to exactly um I like these poppies. One one cool thing about poppies is that you can sort of help them bloom are open off basically like this one. You can sort of help it by pulling this off like this and it will open up in a little bit and then just kind of help it open that is that work with all flowers or two, no peace, no poppies, air somehow it's just fun. They're buds open the these things will start to fall off. And the ones that look like they're going to fall off, you could just hope, you know, help them by opening them. And then you'll see the poppy. Especially if there's a special color that you want to use. You could always do that if it's you know it's too ready. I'll put it down here for now, but it will open on its own. Especially if it's a little bit harder environment it would open. We actually had a question regarding the hotter environment that you mentioned living in california and have a tempered seasons in the chat room. This is from dominique, and they say I live in austin, where the heat and humidity is intense from may through october. You have any recommendations for conditioning flowers for bouquets and centerpieces during intense condition, I would say tha keep a very cool room in your home or if you have a garage where you store things, make sure it's air conditioned, um that's really all I mean that's all I did when I was in new york for my flowers, they were inside a refrigerated truck for two days and they were just fine, so that's what I would recommend make it make sure it's cool their ambulance says the same thing that she says I haven't upright cooler and I put ice bags at the bottom of the cooler and the flowers air stored separately by type and bags of filtered water and they use the bloom print preservative and a store in a semi dark place well dark is always good of course and humidity isn't bad but the heat is that's the problem that sounds like a lot of work yeah I feel bad yeah they're on the point of no return though with a flower though right there are some flowers that if they like it if they die you can cut some if they look like they're wilted you can cut him and put him back and water and they come back on that's happened to me with mark orange which we will use tomorrow it's you know I've been able to kind of revive it but most flowers don't come back sometimes hyla bora if if it if I'm lucky we'll come back after I've cut it and put it back and you know cut it short change the water cooler water lilac has been that way but for the most part if it's gone it's gone the question do you ever buy from growers direct? And if you do can you explain that process I have never bought from garos direct um there I've bought from a couple of farm owners at the flower mart and who have their farm being their own stuff but I've never not online or anything like that just because I have so much available to me already at the flower mart yeah so yeah with bringing flowers back I actually recently in the floral class that I take watch hydrangea back really hydrangeas believe you're absolutely just getting a fresh kind I just cut it and it comes right back yes you know you mentioned two lips similarly it'll just yeah I although I tried with the tulips and I haven't had much luck so maybe you have better luck than ideo yeah let me know your secret I tried with phillips yeah and then we can get some of these roses out here so these air what basically what I'm using from the bride's bouquet are these roses that I have left over and this explosion grass and their own oculus for this bouquet and is it important how you pick the flowers up? I noticed that some of them you'll kind of lightly pick them up by the head or some by the stem is there a system to that? I picked them by the head because I pick him off the way I feel like they won't get hurt and the other one's next to them won't get hurt but the one thing I've noticed with when I'm on the floor more they don't like the for the florist to pick it up and then let it drip onto the rest of the flowers. They believe that it doesn't help with it makes them wilt. So for some reason, I guess picking this up and letting the water drip on terrorist arrested, a bucket of flowers is harmful, so I don't. I try not to do that that's, good to know that practice. Yeah, if they just they get mad at you, get a look at it now, hold it above the rest of the buckets, and doesn't help me to get a deal, right. You know, it does not endear you to them, and so you better not do it.