Display with grasses and clover in pinks and greens
As it’s the beginning of February I thought it was about time to start thinking about Spring! This isn’t a Valentines Day display but there’s a lot of love in it.
The floral arrangement took me a couple of days to put together, only because on day one I didn’t really know where I was going with it.
Natural grass stems in a milk bottle arrangement
My husband Mike gave me some school milk bottles by Rex London for Christmas and they are really useful!
Dried oat and wheat stems
I wanted to use Spring greens with maybe a hint of pink, so started with dried oats and wheat, putting three stems of each in each bottle, not being too precious about height for an informal look. I think the max height was about 30cm.
Oats and wheat make a great backbone to a dry floristry arrangement because they are inexpensive and add a relaxed country element. They provide a great foil for the more eye-catching flowers. In this case the natural minty greens went really well with the Spring theme.
More grasses add texture
Next I added more grasses – I added a few stems of dyed green lagurus (bunny tails) to each bottle which ramped up the Spring green. By the way the use of wheat, oats and lagurus is a combination I enjoy and last used in my Christmas bouquet. I also added one fluffy stem of miscanthus per bottle, and noticed this had a pinkish tinge so added a few dyed pale pink phalaris (canary grass) which toned with it.
To spread the colour palette a little more I added some natural sand coloured quaking grass and lagurus. This was as far as I got before I had to go in search of supplies, as the flowers were in the workshop and I was at home!
Adding flowers for colour
The next day I came back with some caspia (a type of sea lavender) and pale pink clover which seemed to tome beautifully with the miscanthus.
Splitting the display into little posies
I absolutely love this arrangement and as you can see, I took lots of pics! But I didn’t have space to keep it, so split it down into six small bouquets.