Foolproof Floristry Using Bottles, Jam Jars and Bud Vases

Extract from Living with Flowers: Blooms & Bouquets for the Home by Rowan Blossom, published by Laurence King. Available at www.laurenceking.com and at all good bookshops. RRP £19.99.

The beauty of arranging flowers in this way is that they will look informal, by the very nature of the vessels – washed-out old bottles and jam jars, with the odd pretty bud vase picked up along the way. I got most of mine from Golborne or Kempton markets or charity shops on my travels. I do find it hard to resist a rummage in a charity shop – you never know what treasures you might discover!

I love dotting these dinky arrangements around the flat, on the entrance table where I leave my keys, maybe one by the soap in the kitchen so there’s something pretty to look at when I’m doing the washing up, or clustered on the kitchen table for a casual centrepiece.

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The informality of this arrangement, and the fact that you don’t need loads of flowers, means that you could quickly rustle up a display with a couple of bunches from your local florist or supermarket, or, if you’re lucky enough to have a garden, snippets of homegrown blooms.

Ingredients:

Selection of bottles, jam jars and bud vases. I like having different heights, shapes and sizes, but work with what you have – old or new, as long as they can hold water they will do the job.

Foliage and Flowers:

Foliage – Eucalyptus, Hebe, Olive, Rosemary, Variegated Pittosporum

Flowers – Astrantia, Daffodil, Genista, Hellebore, Icelandic poppy, Lisianthus, Miranda rose (David Austin), Prunus blossom, sweet-pea flowers and tendrils

Instructions:

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1. Gather your bottles, jam jars and bud vases and fill them three-quarters with cold water. Start by adding a sprig or two of foliage to each vessel, varying the height and type.

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2. I always start by adding the tallest flowers. These will give a lightness to the arrangements, so keep the length where possible (even if it initially looks absurd). Next add the babes, the big-headed flowers. Keep some tall and cut some super-short so the heads just peep out.

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3. Now go in with your dainty, wispy flourishes. Here the twisty curlicues of sweet-pea tendrils give a relaxed feel to the assortment.

Photographs by James Stopforth.

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Living with Flowers: Blooms & Bouquets for the Home by Rowan Blossom

Published by Laurence King.

Available at www.laurenceking.com and at all good bookshops. RRP £19.99.