easy techniques for vibrant Mother’s Day floral designs.
Designs by Talmage McLaurin, AIFD
the busy Mother’s Day rush is upon your shop, the last thing you
need is labor-intensive techniques that hinder production. These
bright, cheerful arrangements for modern moms offer fast, simple
techniques for adding special touches, several of which can be
done weeks ahead of the holiday.
Ribbon streamers offer a modern alternative to a
traditional bow. In this composition, which is designed in a footed
glass vase, the streamers gracefully cascade from pussy willow branches.
A simple shoestring bow secures the card in place.
‘Monte Cassino’ Asters, Ranunculi and Godetia from
Esmeralda Farms; Gerberas and pussy willows from favorite
suppliers; Footed Gathering Vase from Syndicate Sales; ribbon from
Tie the ribbon streamers to the pussy-willow stems away from the lip
of the vase to prevent the ribbon from wicking water from the vase.
charming “bow” created from heather cleverly highlights a feminine mix
of flowers in cool pink and purple hues. Although the perceived value of
the design is high, it actually requires little labor to create its
distinctive botanical bow. Each piece of bullion-wire-wrapped heather is
inserted into the floral foam individually to ensure hydration to the
Asters, Ranunculi, Godetia and Hypericum
from Esmeralda Farms; Gerberas, heather and spray roses from
favorite suppliers; Avant Garden Rectangle Vase (ceramic) from The John
Henry Company; Oasis™ Bullion Wire from Smithers-Oasis.
Wrap four stems of heather with bullion wire,
wrapping from the base of the stem to the tip of the branch and back
down. Bend two of the stems into loops for the floral “bow,” and
leave the other two as “tails.” Insert each piece into the floral
popular decorative accents for spring and Mother’s Day. Here, the avian
abode is surrounded with a natural spread of pretty lavender spray roses
and Limonium as well as variegated Pittosporum. The flowers, along with
the rectangular green container, create a pleasing color harmony.
Limonium from Esmeralda Farms; spray roses, variegated
Pittosporum and pussy willows from favorite suppliers; Pine Straw
Nest from Knud Nielsen Company; eggs from Melrose International; ceramic
container from Zimax; Dixon® Pin from Dixon Products.
Dixon pin through the bottom of the nest and into the floral foam to
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