Flowers fresh from the garden add a lovely accent to any room. Simply cutting the flowers and putting them in a vase is fine for informal rooms. Arranging the flowers into a bouquet takes just a few minutes more. Bouquets may be hand-held---such as a bridal bouquet---or simply placed in a vase once arranged. A bouquet you've put together yourself is a special way to say thank you.
Condition the flowers by cutting an inch off the bottom of the stems and immersing in a bucket full of ice water for an hour or so. The ice water will plump up the stems and make the flowers last longer. If you're cutting the flowers fresh from your garden, you can place them in the ice water as you cut.
Cut the stems of the flowers and the greenery to the same length. A good length for this is 12 inches---long enough for most vases but not so long that a large quantity of flowers will be needed. The longer the stems, the more flowers will be needed to make a bouquet that is proportionate.
Place a large flower such as rose, peony, gerbera daisy or carnation in your non-dominant hand.
Surround the flower with a circle of smaller flowers such as Shasta daisies, mini carnations, chrysanthemums or zinnias.
Place another circle of flowers made of large flowers alternating with sprigs of greenery around the first circle of smaller flowers. Continue the process of flower circles until the bouquet is as large as you would like, ending with a circle of greenery.
Wrap a rubber band around the bouquet's stems underneath the flowers.
Dry off the stems. Wrap a wide satin ribbon over the rubber band, crisscrossing it back and forth down the stems. Tie about six inches from the bottom of the stems. Tuck the ends of the ribbon back under the ribbon.
Lay 3 or 5 branches of greenery on a flat surface. The greenery should be 18 inches tall.
Place 3 flowers so the blossoms are 3 inches below the top of the greenery.
Place 2 more branches of greenery on top of the flowers and a bit below so the tops of the greenery are a few inches below the flowers. Add 5 flowers on the greenery and level with it.
Place 2 more branches of greenery on top of the 5 flowers so the tops are a few inches below the flowers.
Tie the greenery and flowers together with string and then cover the string with a satin bow. Cut the stems so they are even at the bottom.