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WHAT YOU NEED FOCAL FLOWERS
1 PERUVIAN LILY STEM 5 ROSES OF DIFFERENT VARIETIES (WE USED THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL, MOODY BLUE AND PROPER JOB) 3 NIGELLA STEMS
3 HORNBEAM BRANCHES 3 CHINESE FORGET-ME-NOT STEMS 5 APPLE MINT STEMS
3 ASTRANTIA STEMS 2 MILKY BELLFLOWER STEMS 3 ROSEBAY WILLOWHERB STEMS RAFFIA OR TWINE
Remove any leaves and thorns from the bottom half of the stems. Lay out all of the prepared material on a surface. Take a focal flower and hold it in your wrong hand. Add foliage and flowering stems alternately, thinking about how their colours and shapes interact. Hold the flowers in place in your palm using your thumb and forefinger. Do not use the woody hornbeam branches until step four. Loosen your grip to insert new stems at an angle. Place each new stem beneath the existing flowers so that a dome shape forms. Turn the bouquet anti-clockwise after every third stem to create the spiral twist. Use your final stems to fill any gaps in the centre, inserting them from the top and nestling them between flowers that are already in place. Ensure that the stems are being worked in the same direction. Finish with the woodiest stems (in this case the hornbeam), which will support any softer stems, protecting them when the bouquet is tied off. To tie the bouquet, loop the piece of raffia or twine around your forefinger, then wrap it around the bouquet above your holding hand and pull the ends through the original loop. Separate the two ends, rest the bouquet on the edge of a table, and tie in a double knot. To finish, cut the stems so that they are uniform and neat.