Who doesn't like receiving a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers? It is the perfect way to say 'I love you', 'I'm thinking of you', or just to say 'thank you'.
And, although it is great to support our local florists, especially those who grow and sell their own flowers here in the UK, creating a hand-tied bouquet with your own bare hands adds a little extra sprinkle of love. So give it a go!
Try making our Sensory Bouquet - perfect for anyone with a passion for cooking or who needs a herbal pick-me-up. It contains edible herbs and flowers, and ones with healing properties - a bundle of plant-based goodness.
If you have never made a hand-tied bouquet before, here's a few tips:
1. Gather a a few showstopper flowers, filler flowers, greens and long wispy flowers. Think about texture and color when gathering your ingredients to make a bouquet with impact.
2. Remove all the leaves around the bottom half of the stems.
3. Start by making a small bouquet in one hand with a focal flower and a few greens. Hold the bouquet in the same hand the whole time (if you are right-handed, hold it in your left). Try to keep your fingers at the same spot on the stem the whole time.
4. As you add flowers, turn the bouquet, letting in the stems by bringing your thumb out and then back around the stems. Add the flowers at a 45-degree angle. And once you add them, turn the bouquet. Always turn it the same direction.
5. While building the bouquet, ensure the top part of the bouquet maintains rounded shape; the stems will begin to spiral.
6. Keep adding flowers, greens and wispy bits until you have a round shape.
7. Try to add flowers in at different heights so some are reaching higher than others.
8. Once you have a bouquet you like, bind it together with twine or raffia. Try to wrap the twine around several times so it's secure.
9. Now, cut the stems all at the same level.
10. Add a card with a with a beautiful message and deliver to the lucky recipient.
a few edible flower/herb ideas
Sage - high in anti-oxidants
Chives - high in Vitamin C - great for a healthy immune system.
Rosemary - soothes the mind and aids concentration
Oregano - contains zinc, potassium and copper
Mint - aids digestion
Bay - reduces blood sugar levels
Thyme - helps to maintain a healthy metabolism
Lavender - relaxes the mind, helps headaches & promotes healthy sleep
Rose - antibacterial and contains flavonoids which fight depression
Lilac - for beautiful fragrance and edible flowers
Cow parsley - anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant & antiseptic properties
Calendula - anti-inflammatory properties
Fennel - relieves anemia, digestive and menstrual complaints.