November 3, 2017

Fierceblooms Makes A Wild Garden Style Autumn Bouquet

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WORDS: Kathryn Cronin PHOTOS: Ricky Bache
Ever been curious about making a large wild garden style autumn bouquet but wondered how your hands could possibly hold the stems in the open position needed. If your hands are tiny, there is a simple secret which will allow you to make a wild garden style bouquet. Even if your hands are larger, this method is worth exploring as it will save your grip too. The trick is to build an arched chicken wire frame through which all your floral materials are threaded.

The trend for wild garden style flower bouquets shows no sign of abating. You know, those bouquets that look like you are holding the essence of the season in your arms.

It is the start of the eucalyptus season and I have discovered a rather marvellous grower in North Wales aptly named ukylyptus. I adore the scent and wanted to use the aromatic branches as the foliage base for the bouquet.

I am still in love with the wild garden style of floral design and have used seasonal components in my wild garden style autumn bouquet, mostly cut from my canal side cutting garden. I say mostly as I have used deep burgundy kangaroo paw from the dutchman. Now I grow British flowers and want to support the growers here but I think there is room for pragmatism. After all, there is no way I am ever going to be able to grow Anigozanthos so I am more tham happy to buy it and include it here.

The following lists the ingredients of my wild garden style autumn bouquet:

  • Eucalyptus
  • Yellow leaved beech and horse chestnut
  • Antirrhinum madam butterfly
  • Dried hosta flowers
  • Dried crocosmia
  • Gaura lindheimeri “the bride”
  • Anigozanthos (kangaroo paw)
  • Pheasant feathers
Wild garden style flower bouquets are those that look like you are holding the essence of the season in your arms.

I started my wild garden style autumn bouquet by making a chicken wire arch frame. Then I added the foliage base taking care to add material to both sides of the bouquet. The back is as important as the front as it gives both depth and balance, and a bouquet always looks good when the back is sorted. add any coloured leaves evenly throughout the bouquet. The next thing that I added are the spikes of the beech branches, and other spikes like the pheasant feathers and dried hosta stems.

Nothing quite says Autumn like the glorious changing colours and the leaves falling like confetti. The gorgeous green of summer is fading and Autumn in all its glorious red and yellow tints holds sway. I’ll be celebrating the season by twirling my autumnal bouquet a few more times under my old old chestnut tree. How will you be celebrating the season?

Join me for a few minutes of on-screen floral curation on fierceTV and see how I have created this wild garden style autumn bouquet.

Read more from Fierceblooms, this flower grower and Cheshire florist on the floristry blog.

Also on the site, there are loads more articles about my canalside cutting garden and a page detailing my fierce flower classes and tutelage for you to enrol on a learn to make bouquets like this.

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