Floral Tutorial- Hand Tied Bouquet with Roses, Wired Gerberas, Fern Curls, Wheat and Safari Sunset

I recently made this hand tied bouquet (which was ultimately placed in a vase for giving) for a friend of a friend, unfortunately as a sympathy arrangement after the loss of her sister.   It’s comprised of creamy tri-color roses, fringed peachy gerberas, fern curls, green wheat, and safari sunset protea (botanical name: leucadendron).

For any curious DIY’ers, there is a great video tutorial here and another here on how to make a hand tied bouquet.  And, after the jump, I’ve posted some close up pics of the technique I used to wire the stems of the gerberas in this bouquet as well as a nice clear shot of the ugly guard petals that should be removed from your roses.

Here is our gerbera “before” it’s been whipped into submission ; ) You can see that the stem is already whimping out on us.  I like to double / criss cross wire the stems with very thin pliable wire (I used this this), so I thread my wire through leaving equal lengths on each side and enough of it to spiral all the way down the stem on each side (I wrap them opposite directions from each other so they criss cross rather than run parallel).  You could also do this with just one length of slightly thicker wire, just tucking the loose end in at the top by wrapping wire around it to it lays down nicely.  Either way, you start by threading the wire through the base of the poor flower’s head like so:

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And then you wrap.  Here’s our bud after – laced up nice and straight, strong enough even to insert into foam if you want to, ready for action!

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And here is one last photo, a close up of the not so pretty, dry guard petals that come on the outside of roses.  These should be removed, gingerly, to avoid bruising the other petals.

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March 9, 2011 - 11:46 pm

Paula Rae - Kate, you know I love you.. but how could you say such things about our lovely guard petals! lol! I for one hardly ever remove them unless I am trying to hurry along my roses to open by a deadline… In general, I love the wrinkles, interesting colors, and earthy reality they contribute to the rose’s potentially over-processed uniform look of perfection. Clearly they aren’t all beautiful, but sometimes they make the rose so much more interesting; and they can help roses keep their shape as they open because they are often stronger at the base. I embrace guard petals… I guess it’s like saying I hug trees. Oh well! :)

March 10, 2011 - 8:24 am

Future Mrs. - Gorgeous bouquet! I especially love the romantic feel of the fern curls. Thank you for sharing!

March 10, 2011 - 9:42 am

Kate - Thanks!

March 10, 2011 - 9:43 am

Kate - I hear you! I’d just been taught they must go in a couple of classes and never really thought about it – I am always bummed when you have color tipped roses and you lose so much of the color by removing them. I like your philosophy that it’s case by case – if they’re cool and add interest, they can stay, if they really are icky, bye bye!

March 10, 2011 - 11:44 am

Denise - So pretty. I love that kind of gerbera – all shredded petals

March 11, 2011 - 10:06 pm

Barbara aka Pink Overalls - I am so excited to have found your blog. It is exactly what I was hunting for. I have almost no experience with floral arranging other than bringing my own flowers indoors and clustering them rather randomly in simple vases.

But I was recently drafted to be part of my garden club’s floral arrangement crew for the local historic society’s home tour. My task is to do the floral arrangement in a formal dining room (not my home). I really want to do a knock-your-socks-off job — without distracting from the room itself, of course.

I am getting just the education I need from reading your posts. Thank you for sharing so much.

March 11, 2011 - 10:23 pm

Kate - Wow, thank you so much! I’m glad you’re enjoying it

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