Making a hand tied bouquet of flowers is a great thing to know how to do. But before I show the way to do this....let me tell you some "stuff" about one of my favorite flower.
DID YOU KNOW?
The origin of the word Daisy is the Anglo Saxon â€œdaes eageâ€ which literally mean â€œdayâ€™s eyeâ€. It was called this because daisies open at dawn as the day just starts to begin.
The "ditch daisies" or English Daisies grow in great abundance in the Sweetwater gardens. I guess you could call them weeds....but they look so wonderful in the early Summer garden.
How fun to have flowers that the little ones can pick without getting scolded....even though we always have to remind them....."Please don't EAT the daisies!"
The picture on the left is the Mom of the little guy on the right!
When these "weeds" are done blooming, I rip the whole plants out. Not to fear, they reseed themselves and there will be new plants in the place of the old ones next year.
These Daisies make wonderful cut flowers for the house.
Cutting them often has the added benefit of keeping the plants blooming longer. If you cut the flower at a juncture of the leaves, a new flower will grow from there.
I like to use these strong stemmed beauties in mixed arrangements, but also like the look of a simple hand tied bouquet standing in a simple glass vase.
Start by cutting a good number of flowers with nice long stems.
Strip off all of the leaves except a few very close to the flowers.
Tie a bit of raffia loosely around your stems very close to the flower heads. This allows you to keep pulling and shifting the flowers into a nice round shape for your bouquet.
You can use this hand tying technique for any kind of flower that has a strong stem. I can't wait until the Zinnias are blooming enough to use. The challenge of arranging Sunflowers is simpler if you use an adaptation of this technique. Here is a post about how to do this....
Have a "Blooming" great day!
The Dedicated House