Crown of Flowers

This is a project that I’ve wanted to try for a while.Crown of Flowers

I picked up some great flowers at the Union Square Farmers’ Market: pink and orange crested celosia, and an assortment of colored dahlias.  Since I’m going out of town, I wouldn’t be able to enjoy these flowers for very long time as an arrangement. So I decided to enjoy them immensely for a short time as a floral crown.

To start, I cut a length of wire to make the base of the crown. Then I selected the first flower, a pink dahlia.

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To attach flowers to the crown, I decided to wire each flower to give it more support. It would be terribly sad if one of them flopped off. Dahlias have hollow stems, so you can put both ends of a piece of wire down through the center of the flower and they’ll come out the bottom of the stem.

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Celosia has a thick, dense stem and an unusual blossom. It’s better to put the wire right through the side of the celosia.

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Once the flowers were wired, I wrapped each of the stems and wire with floral tape and attached them to the crown.

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The final product

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This project was incredibly fun. I would love to do this for a bridal shower, or a special summer occasion.

Textured Fall Flowers

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Fall is officially here! I love all things characteristically fall: cooler weather, saturated colors, pumpkin and spice scents. Fall fashion is all about layering and texture. Let’s look past chrysanthemums and cabbages to explore the textured flowers of fall. There are many floral varieties perfect for this time of year. 

Celosia is one of my favorite flowers. It comes in a variety of vibrant colors perfect for fall. The two main shapes are very distinct. Can you believe that Plumed Celosia or “Woolflower” (below left) and Crested Celosia or “Cockscomb” (below right) are the same flower? Amazing!

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Bunny tail is an unexpected charmer. Technically an ornamental grass, bunny tails produce creamy white or pink flower heads that are soft to the touch. They complement pale, monochromatic arrangements beautifully. Bunny tails pair particularly well with white and cream roses and silvery lamb’s ear foliage.  

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Skimmia Berries, are small, smooth berries that grow in clusters. Skimmia berries are typically red or white and can add interest to bouquets and arrangements. Use as a substitute for hypericum or use the two together for a subtle variation.

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Globe Amaranth (Gomphrena) has an attractive pom pom shape. This flower comes in a variety of colors including white, purple, red, and pink. They can be used to add texture and interest to arrangements. Globe Amaranths can be dried very successfully and look great on wreaths.

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Green Ball Dianthus (Trick Carnation) is another fall bloomer with amazing texture. These flowers look great in green and white arrangements. Use them with green or white hydrangeas, green parrot tulips and bells of Ireland.

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Of course there are many more textured flowers available for fall arrangements. What are your favorite flowers for fall? What types of arrangements do you make with textured flowers?

Image Credits:

  1.  http://picketfencegreenhouse.dianemumm.com/2010/01/22/bunny-tails-lagurus-ovatus
  2. http://www.thegardencentregroup.co.uk/plants-of-the-month/Skimmia-japonica-subsp-reevesiana/DH
  3. http://calpolyhcs.wordpress.com/category/donations/