HAND-TIED BOU­QUET Gather your sup­plies

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Flower Arranging -

• • • • • • Hero or fo­cal flow­ers: Dahlia, pe­ony, rose or other dra­matic bloom.

Fo­liage: Herbs, soft green­ery or green flow­ers such as bells of Ireland.

Fillers: Soft tex­tu­ral flow­ers, such as milk­weed.

Disc flow­ers: A smaller flower, equally eye-catch­ing, which adds a chunk of colour to your ar­range­ment.

Spikes: Strong ver­ti­cal stemmed flow­ers, such as snap­dragon.

Airy el­e­ments: Wispy flora, such as Queen Anne’s lace and nigella pods. STEP 4 Con­tinue, adding airy el­e­ments as you ro­tate your ar­range­ment. All the stems should now spi­ral out as you gen­tly hold the neck of your bou­quet. Wrap gar­den string a few times around top of neck and knot ends firmly. Trim ends of stems straight across the bunch so it can stand up­right then im­me­di­ately place bou­quet in wa­ter to keep it fresh.

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