Botnia speaker series: Floral Masterclass with Peonie

I’ll admit I was a little nervous but I had so much fun being a speaker for our Floral Arranging Masterclass for our Spa Partners on July 5th, that we even ran out of time! It was great to connect with our spa partners and guide them to learning a new skill that could amp up their spa space. The most wonderful thing about learning how to design your own arrangements is that they can be useful as centerpieces for parties and get-togethers, given as gifts to friends and family, or even just a nice way to play with nature and get creative!

My biggest tip for designing is that there is no right or wrong way to design a bouquet. Choose flowers and colors that make you smile! I personally love a designer’s choice of mixed flowers in a bouquet the best because they feel the most natural like flowers found in nature. However, you can design based on color or even around a specific flower. With the five types of shapes below, you can create any dynamic design – but again, anything works! Here are some of my favorite summer florals to use this time of year!

Shopping List//

Including one type of flower from each of these categories will give you a dynamic design and feature different textures.

FOCALS or “Show Stoppers”: Sunflowers, lilies, zinnias, lisianthus, roses
SPIKES Tall pointed flowers: Snapdragons, celosia, stock, gladiolus
DISKS rounded disk shape: Zinnias, marigolds, strawflower, echinacea, gerbera daisies
FILLER includes greens: Bells of Ireland, basil, scented geranium foliage, raspberry greens, statice, hypericum berries
AIR interesting and airy flowers: Chamomile, Ornamental grasses, poppy pods, globe amaranth, love-in-a-mist pods, pincushion flower

Materials//

-Flowers – bunches of 2-3 or more! 
-Greens – bunches of 1-2
-Vessel – we used a pitcher, but anything in a cylindrical shape works
-Water
-Clean sterile clippers
-Floral food or spoonful sugar and a drop or two bleach

Preparation//

Before you start, here are some of the best practices to keep your florals lasting as long as possible.

-If you’re harvesting, cutting flowers from your garden, it’s best in the cool morning when plants -are most hydrated. Young plants and wildflowers will wilt faster.
-Use clean sterile clippers.
-Cut the stems as long as possible, you can always trim them shorter later.
-Trim stems at a 45-degree angle to absorb as much water as possible. Woody stems can be hit with an end of the hammer or use clippers to split the stem vertically, to soak up water.
-“Processing your flowers” – Trim dead or excess leaves that will fall below the water line and remove them from the stems.
-Have a bucket of clean lukewarm water nearby to rehydrate any flowers during the process.

Aftercare//

Some flowers can last up to two weeks in a vase if kept properly. You’ll want to change out the water daily and keep the arrangement out of direct sunlight. Use lukewarm water – not cold or too hot – otherwise, you’ll shock your flowers. You can add a pinch of sugar and a drop or two of bleach or floral food to provide nutrition for your blooms. Remove any dead or spent flowers. Every couple of days, cut the stems at an angle to help the flowers absorb more water efficiently!

3 ways to design floral arrangements//

IN-VASE DESIGN – PITCHER
– Start with your base, stems, and greens to create a base. I usually like to make my shape asymmetrical, with one side taller than the other.
– Add in show stoppers for visual effect and a focal point for interest.
– Add in filler to fill in spaces in your arrangement and create movement.
– Add accent pieces like air or trailing vines for a dramatic effect.

HAND MADE – BALL MASON JAR
– Lay your flowers on the table, leaves processed with flowers facing away from you. Lined up with spaces in between, alternating between greens/flowers.
– Start with your focal flower, facing away from you.
– In threes, add the next set of flowers to fill in the gaps, keeping the stems at a slight angle and turning the bouquet as you build it.
– Keep adding greens and flowers until you are satisfied with the size.
– Give them a nice trim and put them in your vase.

HAND MADE – HAND-TIED BOUQUET
– Choose at least two types, start with tall branches first to establish height and line, and build a framework of stems. 
– Criss-cross your stems in an X shape, holding the flowers in between your index finger and thumb.
– Work in rounds and continue adding stems and flowers keeping the stems facing toward you in this angle \, and stems facing away from you in the back of your hand in this angle / to keep the shape of the X from both sides.
– Add show stoppers at medium height in bundles or individually.
– Soft stemmed flowers can hang from the arrangement.
– Extra: trailing or vine-line materials or fruits – I like to add these on the shorter side of the arrangement close to the lip of the vase and let it hang on the table.
– Trim and add them to your vase.


I hope you have a blast putting together a floral arrangement! We’d love to see your creations, feel free to tag us on Instagram, @botniaskincare so we can see your amazing designs! Have so much fun!

Sincerely,
Peonie
Botnia Operations/Customer Care

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