Where the wild things grow

Learn to make a flower crown in this book extract

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The Farm in Byron Bay, New South Wales, is a di­verse com­mu­nity made up of or­ganic grow­ers, chefs, bak­ers and gar­den­ers. Its on-site flower nurs­ery, The Gar­den Shed, con­nects peo­ple to the land through plants, flow­ers, seeds and work­shops. This extract from The Farm’s new book, The Farm Com­mu­nity, ex­plains how to ex­pertly craft a pretty flower crown.

MAKE A FLOWER CROWN

While flower gar­lands were the height of boho chic a few sea­sons ago, they are still the per­fect project to make with green-fin­gered kids.

YOU WILL NEED Twisted wil­low (ask your florist for this) 12 green floristry wires (6 thin and 6 medium) Scis­sors Green, spriggy fo­liage, such as jas­mine, eu­ca­lyp­tus, rose­mary, ivy etc Fresh sea­sonal blooms Floristry tape

1 Pull away a nice strand of twisted wil­low. Shape into a cir­cle and in­ter­twine to join at the back. Wrap a few lengths of thin floristry wire around the gar­land to lightly se­cure. Snip off any strays with your scis­sors. Now that you have a base, you’re half­way there.

2 Cut some strands of green jas­mine and thread them through the wil­low, se­cur­ing with a lit­tle piece of thin wire if needed. Re­peat with the eu­ca­lyp­tus, rose­mary or what­ever spriggy fo­liage you have, un­til you have a light cov­er­ing all the way around.

3 Now it’s time to pre­pare your blooms. Take one length of medium floristry wire and gen­tly push it through the top of one stem (just un­der the petals) un­til 1cm is pok­ing through. Care­fully bend both sides of the wire down­wards so they

run par­al­lel to the stem; one end is only 1cm long, the other will be longer. Cut the flower stem nice and short. Start­ing from the top, wrap floristry tape tightly around the stem and wires and con­tinue all the way to the bot­tom of the long wire (it helps if you stretch the tape a lit­tle as you wrap, so it’s tight). Re­peat with all your blooms. This step will make the fi­nal gar­land look more pol­ished, and the flow­ers will last longer as you’re seal­ing the stem with the tape.

4 At­tach the flow­ers to the gar­land. It’s best to start with the big­gest bloom – po­si­tion it at the front or just off cen­tre, then ar­range the oth­ers around it. In­sert the taped stems into the vine and either wind the stems around the vine or se­cure with a small piece of wire if nec­es­sary. It doesn’t need to be per­fect; it’s all about mak­ing a re­laxed, boho-style crown. Re­peat with re­main­ing blooms un­til you are happy with the ar­range­ment. En­joy!

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