HAND-TIED POSY IN A GLASS JAR
1 PICK & MIX
Flowers are not cheap in Singapore, so Jaclyn suggests mixing premium blooms like dahlias or peonies (from florists) with more affordable ones like lilies, sweet williams or spider chrysanthemums, which are easily available at wet markets and supermarkets.
For the first arrangement with her own recycled coffee bottle, Priscelia chooses pink dahlias, champagne eustomas, pink astilbes and yellow craspedia (billy buttons).
2 PUTTING IT TOGETHER
Jaclyn teaches Priscelia how to use the spiral technique – where the stems overlap one another to form a spiral. Priscelia takes the dahlias in her right hand, and uses her left to add smaller flowers to the arrangement. For texture, she adds pod-like billy buttons in odd numbers to liven up the posy and make it look less traditional.
She has some difficulty at first with the technique. “I can’t insert the flowers properly, and taking any out messes up the bunch!” she sighs. But a quick note from Jaclyn to loosen her grip soon fixes that.
3 STRINGING IT UP
When Priscelia is satisfied with her arrangement, she ties the bouquet with twine. The flower lover then whips out a lace ribbon she’s brought along and ties it over the mouth of the jar, adding a personal touch to her creation.
Finally, Priscelia cuts the stems of the flowers at a 45- degree angle to create more surface area so that they can absorb water more efficiently. Further advice from Jaclyn: “If your flowers are standing too tall, cut the stems until the flowers sit nicely just above the opening.”