I am super excited to be writing a monthly column on Seeds & Stitches. During the coming months I hope to encourage and inspire you to embrace the beauty of natural objects, plants, flowers, shells etc - and to give you the tools to help you display them proudly in your home.
This month, as we are in the middle of a glorious heat wave, and the flowers of June are so abundant, it seems obvious to start here with flowers and how to display them.
Flowers and leaves can be cut straight from the garden, roadside or hedgerow OR bought from a florist, it’s entirely up to you. But once you have found your blooms how do you go about displaying them?
1. Source your containers
I love to go on a junk hunt. Car boot sales, antique shops, quirky village hall sales. I am always on the look out for interesting shapes and colours. These can be glass bottles, 1950’s glasses, moroccan mint tea glasses, jugs, tea cups and of course vases in various sizes, shapes and forms. Collect, collect, collect. Embrace that inner hoarder, as you never know which bloom will require which vessel.
More often than not, I grab a used, cleaned, jam jar from the sink to display my bouquet. A simple, yet effective way, that can be jazzed up by tying a simple ribbon or string around the neck to hang from the front door, or as a gift to friends.
You can see here, I have grouped a selection of bottles, jars, glasses and vases together, with flowers from the garden. Individually these wouldn’t go together, the mix of colours and patterns would seem a little ‘busy’. BUT, once the flowers are added to the mix, all is forgiven. It works. My advice is, go with it.
Embrace mismatched colours and wild, foraged materials. Have fun and arrange simply! I feel that flowers look the prettiest when they seem to be growing out of the vase. Look at each bloom, observe how they grow naturally and try to let them shine. Do not overfill a container.
5. Fill your home
Once you picked to your hearts content, and filled your containers why not spread them around your home. A simple rose in the bathroom will uplift you with it’s scent every time you enter the room.
Remember to cut stems at an angle to allow good water uptake. Remove all leaves from below the waterline and to change the water regularly to prolong the life of your flowers.
7. There are no rules
None. Pick what you like (within reason, especially in the wild) and display them in whatever you fancy. Warning - it is addictive!
Above all enjoy!
Thank you so much Lou! We are so excited to have you here on Seeds & Stitches and we can't wait for the next column. I'm off to forage for flowers in the garden and to find odd containers in the basement. Work?! What work?!......