Dusty Miller + Alstromeria Bouquet

So the other ingredient I had left over after the floral design workshop I hosted was alstromeria.  The stuff lasts forever – it was also still totally fresh the following weekend, and I started to feel bad that I was just letting it and the dusty sit there un-arranged.  I first made the monobotanical dusty miller arrangement first and took lots of pics, but then decided to mix in the alstro for a new bouquet look.  I think it’s a really pretty combo.   Alstromerias (also called peruvian lillies) are really inexpensive, and I think will be making a big comeback soon! I love them.  They have been kind of dismissed as a “grocery store flower” and you don’t see them used a lot in upscale designs or at weddings, but along with the carnation I think we’ll be seeing more and more of them.

This would be such a pretty spring bouquet (though both are available year round).  And again, super easy to DIY, not a lot of conditioning or prepping you need to do with these flowers.  I took off some but not all of the green leaves on the alstros, and both of their stems are pretty flexible, so I didn’t need to be super precise about making a spiral that would collapse in on itself (for a full overview of the hand tied spiral technique see here, it’s a great video tutorial).

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This is the front of the bouquet, though from this angle it kind of looks like a centerpiece – it would make a really pretty one, either hand gathered in a deeper vase, or if you used a shallow / footed container like this, anchored in foam:

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I used a lightly sequined white eyelet ribbon for the handle trim here:

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Close up of the handle:

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I put it in a birch bark vase “sleeve” that I got a while back at Pottery Barn, and it looked lovely.  Rustic, but feminine.

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peruvian lilly alstromeria dusty miller bouquet bridesmaid wedding bridal diy pink pastel silver green gray grey

 

peruvian lilly alstromeria dusty miller bouquet bridesmaid wedding bridal diy pink pastel silver green gray grey

 

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