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