THE POWER OF FLOWERS SPOILT FOR CHOICE? GOT A GARDEN OR SOME OUTSIDE SPACE? Beautiful blooms by Helena Helena shares her tips on how to select the right blooms Make the most of it with these tips Try to choose at least three different types of foliage – be creative. This can be herbs, berries or twigs from the garden. Then choose some feature blooms – big bold blooms that draw the eye such as peonies, dahlias, roses or ranunculus are good. Then it is time to choose some ‘filler’ flowers – there are those small delicate flowers that will add texture and movement such as astrantia, ammi majus, cornflowers or sweet rocket. Try using herbs in your arrangements. There are so many to choose from plus it makes it smell delicious. I use bronze fennel, mint, sweet cicely and curry plant a lot. Try foraging in your local area. There is so much wonderful stuff out there. Just double-check where you are allowed to go first. Try looking for blossom in the spring, ferns and berries in the summer, bracken in the autumn and lichen or pine in the winter. If you are wanting to grow some cut flowers from seed, some nice and easy ones to try are cosmos, Nigellas, sweet peas or zinnias. The gift of dried flowers N CREATE A VASE WITH VA-VA-VOOM Go in with foliage first. This means you can create a beautiful shape and structure before adding flowers. Plus, it makes it less daunting than going straight in with blooms. You can then go in with your feature blooms. Do not be afraid to cluster them together if that feels right or cut some short to add depth and contrast. Then start to add your gorgeous filler flowers. These are wonderful at creating movement and texture. Be bold and cut your stems at lots of different heights to create that wonderful wild look. Do not be afraid to have some stems nice and long. Try not to add too much to your arrangement and know when to stop. Less is more and you do not have to use every bloom in your bucket. A good tip is to think about the space between the flowers. You want to be able to see through your arrangement in parts and give the flowers room to breathe. Make sure you can see every beautiful bloom in all its glory. Otherwise, it may as well not be there. Helena’s seed sets - a sweet gift Helena likes to work with a flower’s natural shape and movement 28 Yorkshire Life: October 2020
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