If I had the kind of money that Elton John has I would totally do the fresh-flowers-delivered-to-my-house-on-a-daily-basis thing. Who knows, maybe one day I'll be that stinking rich? But in the mean time I am pretty much in love with this little hand tied bouquet I put together using flowers I bought from my local supermarket. If you can get to your local market (or if you're lucky enough to have an actual flower market near you go there) it could be even cheaper.
You could make a bouquet like this one for Mothering Sunday - which is next weekend by the way. Or you could just keep it for yourself - whatever - just make one because they're so lovely and you should always have fresh flowers in your house - it's good for your soul.
To make this bouquet I used:
A large bunch of hyacinths A bunch of tulips A bunch of anenomes
Always try to use flowers that are in season - they last longer generally. When you get them home trim off the bottoms and put them in fresh water until you're ready to use them. Then lay them out so you can see what you have.
Choose one stem to start with and lay it across your palm.
Lie the next one across the first.
And the next in the same direction. Turn the bouquet each time so that you're placing all your flowers around the first one. The idea is to place all your stems in the same direction creating a swirl of stalks beneath your flower heads.
Keep going, turning the flowers each time you add a new one. Regularly check the top of your posey to make sure you're happy with the way it's turning out. I don't like mine to be too fussy or regular, so I don't try to get two of those there or one of those on each side. But you can be as particular or relaxed as you like - of course. That's the best thing about doing it yourself.
Once you you've used all your flowers your stems should swirl around nicely and splay out at the bottom.
Don't be scared to lie them flat to tie them up. You can always secure them with twine first, but I didn't have any. Tie a simple bow with ribbon and then neaten the ends of the stalks so that they're all the same length.
And that's it - a very gorgeous hand tied bouquet at half the price it would cost from the florist. Don't forget that you can add greenery as you go along too. Herbs, eucalyptus, myrtle and ivy all make good foliage.
PS - In case you're wondering why these pics look extra fabulous - they were taken at a brilliant Makelight Photography Workshop with the help of the very amazing Emily Quinton from The Startup Wife. If you blog and love to take photos you should definitely treat yourself to one of Emily's workshops. I have been on two now and I've learnt so much, I've met some amazing bloggers and eaten some pretty good food too - which is by the by - but always good to know you're going to eat on these things. I honestly cannot recommend them enough.
PPS If you didn't think the photos were extra fabulous - then shame on you!