Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
Try some non-traditionally shaped floral designs this year. Experiment with some fresh flower wreaths. These are very suitable for special occasions. They’re idea for Mother’s Day in particular as well as for special garden parties. In addition, these can also bring beauty to our everyday lives.
A wreath is a very appropriate design for gifts as well. A round wreath symbolizes the eternal or everlasting. Though it is true that fresh flower wreaths may not last as long as a standard vase of flowers, these are well worth the time and effort that we invest in making them.
Use a mix of small to medium sized flowers for floral wreaths. It is possible to make these with small sunflowers. A sunflower wreath would be an ideal summer project. Alternate the sunflowers with other kinds of small and medium sized flowers. Vary the color and form of the flowers for visual interest. Green and white ones can be used in most color schemes. In addition, add some greenery of different sorts. Most any color scheme works very well for fresh flower wreaths. I especially like a monochromatic one.
Because the vase life of these flowers won’t be terribly long, create the design the day of the party if you’re planning to use it to decorate a table.
Wreaths in different shapes are suitable for these fresh floral designs. It can be round, square, or even heart shaped. When you’re planning the wreath and shopping for the wreath form, decide how you plan to keep the flowers moist. One option is to insert each stem into one of the water tubes. These plastic vials are about one-half inch long, and keep the stems watered. These water tubes are easy to conceal inside the wreath. One of the best options is to use moist Oasis foam as the base for the wreath. Another possibility is to wrap the wreath form in damp moss so that the flowers will have access to some moisture.
Before placing the wreath on a table or other furniture, place a plate or some other protective item under the wreath. Otherwise the wood is likely to get wet.
Hanging is probably the best way to display a fresh flower wreath as all sides will then be visible. However, this does mean the flowers will dry out more quickly since all parts are exposed to the air.