Modern Flower Arrangement

At Floral Design Institute we love to explore the "circles" in popular design styles. During the two decades of 1939 through 1959 sculpted vases in the shape of heads were extremely popular. And now, they are gaining in popularity again. The "head vases" as they are known were generally of a woman's head and ranged from hand-sculpted and elegant to silly to tacky. Many are collector's items today. In this Flower School How-To Video Leanne creates a beautiful up-to-date arrangement in a head vase featuring flowers from and Enjoy!

Video Transcription 

Welcome to the Flower School .com Video Library. I'm Leanne Kesler, Director of the Floral Design Institute. And today, I'm here to share with you a fresh take on a modern flower arrangement. Thinking way back, what is old is new again. Remember the heads? All those lady heads from the forties and fifties? And now the head container is back in style. 

The flowers and foliage. Italian ruscus will form a base. And I have beautiful garden roses from This is Princess Hitomi. Then I have a variety of other materials all from Some bunny tail grass, anemone, poppy pods, and itty bitty, baby mini asters, quite fun. And Jasmine vine. The palette is complimentary. Think about your color wheel, red and green, opposite of each other. Pink being attentive red, so we're working with pink and green, a complementary color harmony. 

Mechanics, also going old school and moving into the floral netting. What's old is new again. I just love to say that because it is going through a resurgence. So, creating an armature, tucking it in. Making sure that any of the sharp ends are hooked inside so that they can't hurt anyone. Wedging it tightly, that way you don't even have to tape it. It will stay put. Then using freshwater premixed with flower food, fill the vessel and you're ready for designing. 

The Italian ruscus, one long piece cut, placed down into the armature snugly, and then winding it around and around, and then weaving it into that armature so that it will lock in place. Tucking it around, tucking it, then that will stay, and you can go back and start adding flowers. The Princess Hitomi, giving it a cut, placing it in, repeating. Some of them a little lower to draw the eye in. Some a little longer. The poppy pods are heavy, so getting them placed so that they're nice and secure. And then, carrying on with a few more of the roses. 

With the main form established and a focal emphasis began, I can start filling in with the additional flowers for texture, movement, line. The Jasmine vine is so graceful. Giving it a cut, then feeding it down in between the other blooms. Letting it trail outward a little longer. I need a perfect spot, so it definitely gets into the armature, doesn't come loose. Then coming in with the graceful bunny tails, picking up more of the green. And the anemones, they're so spectacular. They're not going to last as long as the other blooms, so placing them somewhat over the top so that as they fade, they can be pulled out and the rest of the arrangement is still beautiful. But they give that pop of color right at the beginning, that's so spectacular. Then bring on a bit more of that color with the miniature asters. Feeding it in. And that will last just as long as all the other blooms, maybe longer. So, it keeps that hot pink, fuchsia hue, even after the anemones have begun to fade. 

As you finish, add in a few more stems to soften, to drape, and then turn, double check that your color is beautiful everywhere. Maybe tuck in a little bit more of the mini aster to bring color around into this area. And then turning it again and ensuring that everything's perfect from any angle. 

As I was planning this arrangement, the recipe began with the garden roses from Garden Roses Direct. I used six of the Princess Hitomi roses. Then from Florabundance, I filled in with everything else. I had one stem of the Italian ruscus that formed the base, then three of the anemone, three of the poppy pods, seven of the bunny tail grass, three of the mini aster, and then a portion of a Jasmine bunch finishes it off beautifully. 

This arrangement makes me laugh. The very first home I ever lived in as an adult independently, my neighbor collected the head vases, and you'd go into their home and the entire wall was filled with head, after head, after head. I was mortified, I thought it was just awful. I couldn't imagine sitting there with all those people staring at me. And now here we are again with head vases, and now I love them. 

You'll find more creative inspiration at our website, Flower School .com. If you have questions, you can reach me through there or pick up the telephone and give me a call. It's 503-223-8089. Now it's your turn. Find your favorite head, gather your favorite flowers and create away. Be sure to take a photo and post it on social media, hashtag Floral Design Institute. That way I can see your lady head, and we all can see what you do as you do something you love.

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