In bloom: Wake up and smell the flowers with these floristry basics!
January 20, 2017
Amy McCausland, floristry genius, gives us a bunch of tips for arranging flowers at Hobbywhores #2!
Amy McCausland is a triple-threat: total ride, hairdresser AND florist. A creative soul through-and-through, Amy is one of those critters that has an uncanny knack for making shit look amazing. But check this out - she's not a dick about being so talented at all and agreed to come along to Hobbywhores and show us how not to massacre flowers.
Amy demonstrated two arrangements at our January meet-up: one using tulips which she arranged in colour-coordinated clusters in a vase with slices of zingy lemon, and one using a wired gerbera in a cute little pot with some reindeer moss and ribbon. Gorgeous!
Here are some of Amy's top tips!
If you're looking for long-lasting, cheap flowers....
Seasonal flowers will always be cheapest so try a tulip or daffodil in Spring. Amaryllis and oriental lilies last well.
Help your flowers live longer.
Condition flowers by cutting the stems at an angle and removing leaves below water level. Keep them away from heat sources and too much light, refreshing water regularly. Flower food basically helps extend the life of flowers by stopping bacteria from forming in the water.
Keep hayfever at bay.
Gerbera, carnations, ranunculus and alstromeria are low on pollen to help you avoid sniffles and sneezes.
Tips for planning wedding flowers:
Think about how important flowers are to you and budget accordingly. Try to double up on arrangements, for example, can arrangements for the service be transported to the top table?
Keep things seasonal to keep costs down and remember that you can go informal with lots of greenery and filler flowers like gyp. Little jam jars full of posies can be made in advance to decorate tables.
You can contact Amy on Facebook at Oh, You Pretty Things and avail of her amazing florstry skillz! Thanks Amy!