Jane Scott is a Renowned ﬂoral Designer Her Stylish Simple ideas are Beautiful Easy to Create and Don’t Cost a Fortune This Month She Makes a Hand Tied Bouquet
T here are all sorts of delightful spring flowers at our fingertips in April. The hours fly by as I fill bud vases, jam jars and milk bottles with these seasonal blooms. However, there are times when things need to be a little more formal – a dear friend’s birthday, a special anniversary and, the ultimate of floral occasions, a wedding. When you need to dial up the sophistication, it’s time to turn to the trusty hand-tied bouquet. These structured, orderly bunches have shaped the floristry world for years because, with their vase ready style, they make the perfect gift. Granted they look pretty tricky to make, but with a little planning, preparation and patience, they really aren’t that difficult to put together! Follow my step-by-step guide and you can’t go wrong.
Use flowers that are in season. I’ve gathered together tulips, daffodils and hellebores and, for a touch of glamour, lilac roses. Cut 2cm off all your stems. Remove leaves or thorns that sit below the point they’ll be tied together, called the ‘binding point’. Arrange them in piles on a table. With a firm grip, hold two stems of foliage and a rose in one hand – these will go on to form the centre of your hand-tied bouquet. Now it’s time to add your first tulip, do this at a 45-degree angle. The cross of the stems becomes the binding point for your bouquet.
Check that your bouquet looks even and balanced, adjusting the position of any stray flowers and gently easing up any that have slipped down during the process. Double check that you have an even spread of blooms, and now you’re ready to bind your spring bouquet. Tie the binding point tightly using twine. A few laps and a double knot ensure nothing moves. Next, cut the stems to the same length. I cut mine fairly short as I’m putting them in a dumpy vintage jug, but trim a little bit at a time until you’re happy. And that’s it – your handiwork is ready to display! Continue to add flowers and foliage at the same 45-degree angle and in the same direction. Make sure that there is an even spread of each flower throughout the bunch. Make sure to turn the bouquet every now and then to ensure it looks good from all angles.