Welcome to the Flower School .com video library. I'm Leann Kessler, director of the floral design institute. Today I'm here to share with you a fabulous centerpiece. Perfect for fall entertaining or autumn brides.
The flowers are all from Florabundance.com and they are amazing. Starting with the complex hues that are so on trend. The rose, a spray rose called the earth. Isn't that a great hue? Then lisianthus in those complex colors, berries, and then to get that kind of wild foraged look and texture that's so fabulous, cottage yarrow, millet, but let's update.
This is the new blush with the complex. But adding burgundy makes it today. We've got heliabors, roses, hydrangeas, nine bark. The intense colors will be fabulous with the complex hues.
The base, a rustic compote. For the mechanics, using floral netting to anchor it in place. A single wire that I taped with white corsage tape that threads through the body of the compote, holding everything in place then all I need to do is add water that's been premixed with flower food to keep everything fresh for as long as possible.
The intensely dark, the shade of burgundy of the hydrangea, so grand. Giving it a cut and then feeding it into the compote, letting it break the line of the container and drape over the edge. Repeating that, coming out the opposite side, and some of the nine bark. Now, it's a very, very thirsty foliage so giving it a cut and whittling the sides a bit so that it will drink completely. Finding a perfect little spot. Repeating. Whittling it down and then feeding it into the armature of wire. Maybe a shorter one on this side to bring the color across.
Enhancing with textures and deeper colors, deep browns. Grouping two together for a little more drama. Adding in the cottage yarrow, lightening it up a bit because right now, everything is relatively dark, but adding the brighter and then coming in with the spray roses. Bringing some out towards the front, weaving it in, make sure it gets all the way down into the base, up through the center. These are so luxurious. Look at all the blooms on those. They're stunning. Setting that in and then coming back around to the backside. Finding a smaller stem because with it being a centerpiece, you want it equally as beautiful in the back as it is in the front.
As you have the base of the centerpiece begun, you want to go back. Add more color, add more excitement. The helabores are amazing. Giving them a cut and then actually letting the hydrangea work as a support so feeding it through down into the water, letting the faces just come at the top. Repeating that. Grouping them together for maximum value. Bringing it around towards the backside, doing the same thing right over the top of the hydrangea, then the roses. That deep burgundy. Some to the back, grouped together, get maximum value. Some around to the front, tucking them down low, drawing the eye in and then coming out a little longer creating depth in the design. Find the perfect hole in the wire to hold it where I want it. There we go. Coming back with the lisianthis, more of the complex colors just letting them come out to the side a bit. Repeating it on the opposite side. Everything you do on the front, carry it through visually to the back to give a more unified appearance.
As I finish, I look at the colors. I look at the textures and I add in more blooms to finish unifying. Maybe a little more of the helibore out the front. Find a perfect little hole, opening that up more. Coming up, pull your eye back in the design. Fun textures with the berries. Adding that wild foraged, gathered look to the design. Keeping it grouped toward the center. Draw your eye into the focal emphasis. Then even a few of the grains. Get a little whispiness. Lining them up in my hand, cleaning their stems, give it a cut and feeding it down in. Adding some that are a little taller. Just light and airy over the top of the other blossoms and then turning it looking to see that everything is covered.
I lifted this up and set it on a turntable so that you really could see it all the way around. Isn't it amazing how beautiful it can look and yet totally different from each angle. Which makes it so fun.
Now when you go online Florabundance.com to order, you can order by season. So you can pick fall and get beautiful things. Or you can order by color. Maybe you want burgundy, maybe you want blush. Maybe you want bronze. You get to choose.
For more creative inspiration, check out our website. Flower School .com. If you've got questions, you can reach me through there or feel free to pick up the telephone and give us a call at 503-223-8089. And of course I love to see what you create.
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