Beau­ti­ful bou­ton­nieres

Make your own but­ton­holes for wed­dings or spe­cial cel­e­bra­tions with home­grown flow­ers.

NZ Gardener - 365 Days of Flowers - - Floral Design -

Bou­ton­nieres, or but­ton­holes, are tra­di­tion­ally worn by grooms, but they make lovely gifts for Mother’s Day or spe­cial oc­ca­sions. Choose flow­ers that are light in weight but hardy and in prime con­di­tion. Make as near to the time of use as pos­si­ble.

IT’S A WRAP

For the fin­ish­ing touch to your bou­ton­nieres, tape the stems to­gether with green florist's tape, then wrap with rib­bon and pin in place. And just to clear up any con­fu­sion, a man tra­di­tion­ally wears his bou­ton­niere on his left lapel while a lady wears hers on the right.

SWEET SMELLING

Scented blooms such as roses and gar­de­nias are de rigeur when mak­ing but­ton­holes for fe­males. As these ar­range­ments are viewed up­close, make sure the flow­ers are in per­fect con­di­tion. Any marks or tears will stand out on these small posies like a sore thumb.

LEAVES & BER­RIES

There's no rule that says but­ton­holes must in­clude flow­ers. Fo­liage and ber­ries are equally strik­ing. Here, eucalyptus and grasses are paired with snowberry ( Sym­phori­car­pos al­bus) to form an in­for­mal de­sign. A string bow com­pletes this ca­sual cre­ation.

WIRING A BOU­TON­NIERE

Cer­tain flow­ers, buds and leaves need to be wired to give them ex­tra sup­port or to cre­ate a longer "stem". For ex­am­ple, for flow­ers like orchids that have weak stems, a wire is bent into a hook and threaded through the cen­tre of the flower. The wire and the stem are then wrapped in flo­ral tape and then in rib­bon. A sin­gle glad­i­o­lus bud can be in­cor­po­rated into a bou­ton­niere too by wiring the base of the bud. Insert a piece of 26-gauge florist wire through the base of the bud hor­i­zon­tally and bend the ends down so that they sit to­gether. Push another piece of wire through the base at crossan­gles to the first wire and bend those ends down as well. Wrap with flo­ral tape. Sur­round the bud with other flow­ers or leaves to cover the tape. This tech­nique works well for del­phinium blos­soms too. For hy­drangea flo­rets, the wire can sim­ply be placed in the fork of a branch­ing stem and bent over.

Flow­ers that last more than 8 hours out of water in­clude glad­i­o­lus buds, dahlia buds, spray rose­buds, calla lilies and di­anthus.

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