Flowers for Mom
The classic 'bubble bowl' is back on trend, but with a fresh new approach to how it's used, making it a perfect container for Mother's Day. In this Flower School How-To Video Leanne has gathered an incredible assortment of blooms and foliages -- anemones, roses, leptospermum, freesia, ruscus, salal, fatsia leaves and more -- to create a long-lasting, foam-free, over-the-top arrangement for the Mom in your life. Enjoy!
The old school bubble bowl, back on trend. Today, new school style.
Designing in a bubble bowl can present challenges. Sometimes you take a stem and you put it in, and it just wobbles all around, the mouth is so big. The easiest way I have found is to start as a hand tie. Begin a weave, clustering foliage in your hand. Salal is wonderful, nice, and full. Can even add in some of your fillers. Eryngium, sliding it in, maybe a little more. Some statice, gives me nice depth of color and bulk. Leptospermum, weaving it through. Alternative foliage, maybe some ruscus. Getting it nice and full. Creating a nest that then will support all of your flowers. But you can go ahead and stick a few blooms in if you'd like, but mostly, I focus on the foliage, focus on the accent flowers, creating interest and stability before I really get into the flowering. So, this full nest, all woven in my hand, and the perfect place to slide it in. Bring around to the opposite side. Even fatsia leaves, creating a bit of a collar, tucking it in. Then thinking about your height. Cutting it down, and just dropping it in the vase.
As I add the additional blooms, and work with the lighter things first. Mini carnations. Weaving it through because every stem you place will help support the others. Coming in all the way through the central binding point, and then adding more roses. Radiating, and the freesia, oh so fragrant and fabulous. Then as you work, turning it, making sure it looks great from every side.
As I finish, I turn and look for holes, see where maybe I need to add another blossom, tucking it down in. Then saving the more fragile things for very last. The anemones, so that they don't get damaged, just feeding them in, making sure their faces show well. Look for the perfect spot. And turning until it's perfect.
The recipe, I started with a full bunch of the ruscus, half a bunch of salal, and then I used three fatsia leaves. Three stems of statice. Half of a bunch of leptospermum. Three stems of the eryngium. Then for flowers, 10 roses, 10 mini carnations, 10 freesia, and 10 anemones. Looks beautiful all the way around.
So many fabulous blooms for Mother's Day. Yes, it could be for any day. You'll find more creative inspiration on our website, Flower School .com. Now it's your turn. What are you going to create? Find a bubble bowl, gather all your favorite flowers, and design away. Be sure to take a picture, post it on social media, and hashtag Floral Design Institute. That way we all can see what you do as you do something you love.