Beach Cottage Home Grown Bouquet, white flowers, coastal decor & herbs
Tue 17th, Apr, 2012
G’day ladies, ready for Beach Cottage delights, well roll-up, roll-up, this is gold, solid Beach Cottage, coastal, style, white, beachy, decorating, nautical stripe, vintage furniture, white flowers in garden heaven, with a few herbs thrown in for good measure.
So I was pretty tired yesterday afternoon, not in a horrible way, more in a new puppy way and if I am totally totally honest, I had been online too much, I had not listened to my own advice, had about 20 tabs open on the computer and it all got a bit bleuh…
So I decided to unplug for the rest of the day, switched off the computer and just pottered around, played with Barley, baked some banana bread and went out to do a bit of gardening (if you instagram with me you’ll know I bought a lovely hibiscus to plant, it’s going near the Summer House for some year round colour)
And while I was out there I came across these….I planted them ages ago and they are now huge and running all over the path…and had crept along into the herb bed…
As I bent down to have a look the scent of rosemary & sage hit me as I looked at white flowers and smiled
I started to gather and as I gathered, I danced………………OH MY LORDY, I have white flowers in abundance in my little Australian garden, OH MY LORDY, I can pick and gather and revel in the fact that I have GROWN THESE LITTLE BEAUTIES BY MYSELF, in a land that I don’t know how to garden in, under a sun that is hot, where water runs off down the street away from the plants and coastal air that is nice but sometimes too breezy…
Goodness! I can pick my own Beach Cottage Bouquet …not from a shop or just the odd flower or two from outside, but a full on, big old arm full of flowers, stuffed in a vase, peppered with herbs and smelling fantastic…
How to Make your own Hand-tied Bouquet
It’s very easy to do a DIY Flower Bouquet, and once you have grown the flowers, obviously it’s free, but then again a bunch or two of these from the supermarket can easily be hand-tied for this look…
1. Cut the flowers to the same length
2. strip the foliage
3. start with the three stems of flowers in one hand & hold just beneath the heads
4. add flowers with the other hand
5. continue to add flowers and rotate the bunch as you do, turning the bunch as you add each stem
6. alternate the flowers with herbs (or other flower if not using herbs) about every three or so
7. place each next flower slightly lower than the first to create a ‘bouquet’ shape
8. tie-off with string, raffia or florist tape
9. trim the ends of the flowers all to the same length.
I think some people might think this very strange, my glee in this growing and gathering
that Beach Cottage friends, is why I come here, to my own personal publishing house…
Because I think you will get it?
I know you will laugh at me ‘cos I think it’s fantabulous that I made a hand-tied bouquet from my very own bare hands, I think you’ll be excited about me running around my garden gathering home-grown white flowers, I know you would, if you could, squeal in pleasure at the adding of herbs from said once-horrid garden to the bouquet, to make it fragrant as it sits there on my ratty old needing-a-paint-job white table… and I think that you would smile as you nod your head in agreement that there is something so very satisfying in this fast-paced world of ours about picking flowers from your garden that you have grown yourself, bringing them in, sniffing, standing back and feeling like the day just got a million percent better.
And boy don’t it feel good?
I say onwards & upwards
rocking the blogosphere with a dose of white paint & flowers people
are you a hand-picked white flowers and herbs kinda girl, or do you like them a bit more formal?
on table : Freedom Vase in bouquet : Beach Cottage Garden lavender, sage & rosemary