WILDFLOWERS- Add Charm to your Planting Designs

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Contributing Guest- Jean Pineau


There’s something so appealing about wildflowers—the way they fill a landscape with unexpected beauty, their unique color and shape, and the fact that they seem to pop up at random in your backyard, a nearby park, or at your favorite local farm stand. To learn how to incorporate nature’s bounty into our homes, we spoke with J.Pineau, owner of Nature Composed about how to create beautiful and lasting arrangements using the wildflowers blooming in your area. While the flowers you’ll have to work with will depend on where you live, as well as the season, the following fundamentals will serve you well no matter what you’ve gathered.

Follow nature’s lead. Do you find yourself often having a hard time deciding which flowers to use in an arrangement? One of the wonderful things about using wildflowers is that Mother Nature will choose for you.  Some suggestions might be (among many others): hydrangea, yarrow, roses, poppies, stock, nicotiana, lady’s mantle, Orlaya, Queen Anne’s lace, coreopsis, salvia, lavender, guara, Heuchera,


Incorporate other natural elements to add interest. To make your arrangement truly dynamic, add non-floral elements, such as grasses and seed pods, into the mix. Some of her favorites include poppy pods, grasses, nigella seed head, and baby fruits.

Harvest early or late in the day. As you’re planning your gathering session, remember that when you pick your flowers matters. “Fresh cut stems don’t hydrate well if cut in the heat of the day,”  Use a sterile bucket to cut into- to eliminate the risk of fungus or bacterial growth and to ultimately preserve shelf life.

Get creative with your vessel. For ease of arranging, and when working with larger bouquets, use a container that’s at least six inches tall. Beyond that, anything goes—a traditional vase, a quart-size Ball jar, a pitcher, or even a series of small bud vases in varying heights. In terms of materials, clear glass, ceramics, or milk glass can be charming.

Keep your cuttings hydrated. When making your initial arrangement give the stems a fresh cut to allow them to soak up as much water as possible.  Add fresh water daily to extend the life of your blooms.

Keep an eye on your arrangement and be prepared for your bouquet to evolve. Each stem in your wildflower arrangement will have a different vase life.  Some will start looking tired on day two, while others will look great after two weeks. On the whole, you can expect an arrangement to last for a week, but don’t hesitate to pluck out spent stems to extend the beauty of your arrangement.

Make you home a cozy, inviting place to be by merely adding something from Nature's Bounty!


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