Do you know what the ingredients of a perfect mixed flower bouquet are? A mixed flower bouquet features different types of flowers. Focal flowers, base flowers, spires, vines, fillers, and foliage. Have a closer look at this beautiful arrangement in shades of purple and violet. Do you like it and want to know more? Read on to learn some interesting floral facts and how to get the most out of your flower bouquet.
The meteorological summer has started and the weather certainly has been summer-like. We had a beautiful weekend. I spent my Saturday at the hockey field, watching the last matches of the season. We spent Sunday studying and working in the garden. There are just a few more weeks of school left but my boys still have a lot of work to do. I will be happy when all exams are over and we will have some time to relax and go for a swim.
A traditional hand-tied bouquet
We received this beautiful mixed bouquet of flowers. It is a traditional hand-tied bouquet. A hand-tied bouquet is arranged while holding the flowers in one hand and adding more flowers at an angle with the other hand. All the stems go in the same direction. Flowers are evenly distributed throughout the arrangement. No two flowers of the same variety sit next to each other. The flower heads are at the same level, creating a round arrangement that looks good from all sides.
The focal flowers are gerbera daisies and campanula glomerata. These blooms are a bit larger than the others. The base flowers are lisianthus, phlox, and stocks. The spires are veronica and the vine is clematis. Alchemilla Mollis is used as foliage, though some would say it’s a filler. Most of these flowers are ‘garden-type’ flowers. I used clematis from my garden in my Spring floral arrangement: saying goodbye to tulips. The lady’s mantle in our garden are starting to bloom now, but it is still too early for the phlox.
Flowers in different shapes, sizes, and shades
The ingredients for this mixed flower bouquet were:
- Alchemilla mollis, also called lady’s mantle. This is a though garden perennial often grown as a ground cover. It is a very carefree plant and I love it. It has lovely soft green leaves and yellow-green flowers. The leaves are really photogenic with raindrops or dew on them. Alchemists used these drops of water in their attempts to make gold. Alchemilla means little alchemist, mollis means soft.
- Campanula glomerata, or clustered bellflower is a native to the Netherlands. It is an endangered flower in the wild but is also grown in gardens. Campanula comes in many varieties, I had not seen this one before. Most bloom in shades of blue, lavender, and violet. All varieties have bell-shaped flowers. Campanula is Latin for little bell. Campanula symbolizes constancy in the Victorian language of flowers.
- Clematis is ancient Greek for a climbing plant. It is very popular among gardeners. There are many varieties and more are available in nurseries every year. I would love to grow each one. Delicate flowers and fresh green leaves grow on thin stems. They can produce an amazing amount of flowers in white, pink, or deep purple. The one in this bouquet is called clematis star river. Clematis symbolizes mental beauty.
- Gerbera is a member of the daisy family. It was named in honor of German botanist Traugott Gerber. The gerbera daisy symbolizes cheerfulness and they are cheerful and friendly flowers. They are also very popular, the fifth most used cut flower in the world after the rose, carnation, chrysanthemum and tulip.
- Lisianthus is an elegant flower that looks a bit like a small rose. It’s available in white, pink and purple. Lisianthus comes from two Greek words, lissos meaning smooth, and anthos, which means flower. The symbolic meaning is appreciation.
- Phlox is Greek for flame. We have several varieties in our garden. Phlox symbolizes unanimity in the Victorian language of flowers.
- Stock or matthiola was named after Pietro Andrea Mattioli (1500-1577), an Italian botanist. This is another garden flower but we don’t have it in our garden. I don’t know why, it’s lovely.
Making the most of your mixed flower bouquet
Many factors influence the vase life of your flowers. It’s important your vases and water are clean. Also, keep your flowers as cool as possible and out of direct sunlight. With the warm temperatures we had last week, I was happy to see my bouquet last a week. Different flowers have different vase life. In this mixed flower bouquet, the stocks were the first flowers to fade. Their hollow stems will easily rot. It’s important to remove fading flowers from the vase to prevent bacteria damaging the healthy flowers.
To get a few more days from your flowers, rearrange them. The clematis looks equally beautiful on its own, don’t you think? Cut the other flowers very short, divide them and put them in small vases. In this case, I think less is more. Perfect for a bedside table or a windowsill.
I hope you are enjoying your summer and enjoying your flowers, in your garden or in a vase. Next week, I will share what’s blooming in the garden in June. See you then!