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).
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:
I used a lightly sequined white eyelet ribbon for the handle trim here:
Close up of the handle:
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.