Putting together free flower arrangements is super easy! A beautiful arrangement can brighten up any spot you put it in! I really love to arrange one type of flower en mass. Today let’s talk about foraging for blooms to make pretty and easy arrangements!
Over the last year, I have discovered how many flowers and other organics I have around me that I really have never noticed before!
Flowers are an essential part of my decor. They create such beauty and make me happy!
At our StoneGable house, we had lots of gardens and all kinds of flowers growing from early spring to late fall. And heading out to the gardens in the early morning to pick flowers for arrangements was such a joy!
We have lots of flowers at our Tanglewood home too, but they are mostly around our home in landscaped beds. I can cut them but I also want the blooms to grace the outside of our home. So I cut them sparingly.
Buying flowers is always an option, but they can be an expensive item in my grocery budget every week!
So what’s a flower loving girl to do? Well, I just happened upon a very fun way to get free flowers and organics!
I’ve started foraging!
WHAT IS FORAGING FOR A FLOWER ARRANGEMENT
Some of us love yard sales or searching for a treasure in vintage shops! I LOVE foraging!
What is foraging? It is finding flowers and other organics in my own yard or in my neighbors (with permission), in woods, and meadows or along roadsides! Really foraging is finding flowers and organics wherever they grow naturally and you can pick them legally.
HOW IT ALL STARTED
This spring I was desperate for flowers in my home!
I had just bought 70 peony blooms and spent a bit of a fortune. And the bloom were absolutely glorious… for 2 days!!!!!
UGH! What a disappointment!!! And what a waste of money!
While I was putting the spent peony blooms in the trash I looked out my window at the beautiful Kousa dogwood tree in full bloom.
I had never really given any thought that the dogwood blooms might be perfect for a flower arrangement!
The bad news is that I thought the tree was on our neighbors property.
No problem, we have great neighbors so I asked them if I could take a few cuttings from the blooming tree. To my surprise and delight, they told me the tree was on our property.
I went right out with my clippers and cut a couple branches.
HOW I MADE THE ARRANGEMENT
One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned about creating a foraged arrangement is you usually need to “tame” the organics you bring in to make an arrangement.
When I pick flowers around my home I take off all the leaves I won’t need and choose flowers that are in the best shape.
And when I get them at the grocery store, all the stems are straight and lots of the extra leaves have been removed.
Not so with many foraged organics. The Kousa dogwood was filled with leaves and its shape maybe not so perfect.
So I gave it a massive haircut!
Here is just a little bit of what I trimmed away from the branch. Mostly leaves!
I found a white jug in the basement that I thought would work with the shape of the branch.
TaDa!!!! Don’t you love the movement this arrangement has? Who knew lurking under all the foliage was a branch that had such an attractive shape?
I channeled the Bonsai master in me and clipped and cut to create a little foraged work of art!
I liked the look so much I create a second foraged flower arrangement for our great room.
Now I’m hooked! I can see possibilities everywhere!
TIPS FOR FORAGED FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS
I’m just a beginner when it comes to foraging flower and other organics but here’s what I’ve learned so far…
- when you start looking for organics around you, you will find them
- start looking for things to make pretty arrangement around your home first
- not all foraged bloom and bits and pieces can be made into big showy arrangements but they can be put in small bottles and tiny vases and they look so so pretty!
- look for organics on roadsides, on walks in the woods or meadows
- don’t take all the flowers, be earth-friendly
- take a container of water, garden gloves and a pair of clippers with you in the car
- only take what you know you will use
- make sure you can legally pick the flowers you have your eye on
- don’t overlook flowering weeds, lots of them are so pretty
I been filling 5 clear glass bottles with small snips of organics from around my house. As something is spent, I replace it. I really love how pretty and simple this foraged arrangement looks!
I’m on the lookout for Queen Ann’s Lace that grows thick along the roadside in July.
Here’s what the bottles looked like last month…
And here is what I filled the bottles with yesterday…
Creating pretty foraged flower arrangements is easy and free!
It’s a wonderful new way to look at the world!!!!