How do you decide on the different types of stems for
I often think of arranging flowers like poetry, and I
follow the Japanese wabi-sabi philosophy for inspiration.
The philosophy accepts imperfection and impermanence, and
the aesthetic celebrates roughness, minimalism, asymmetry and modesty. An
important part of this concept is the appreciation of preserving the honesty of
natural objects and processes.
With that in mind, I tend to combine fluffy flowers with
more firm ones, and I contrast round shapes with more sculptural forms. I’m
always putting different sizes together.
You don't need many stems to create a nice arrangement at
home, sometimes just 2 or 3 stems can be the most effective. You can start by
collecting a few small vases, bottles or jars. Pick out some stems and make
little groups, ordering them together in your vessels.
Sometimes I use the off-cuts when wrapping gifts and
making cards. You can be really creative with dried flowers, especially in the
Do you have some simple tips for drying flowers at home?
flowers, it is best to hang them upside down, tied together in bunch with some
simple twine. Strip off any extra leaves and hang them somewhere fairly dark,
dry and away from the sun. They will take about two weeks to fully dry, and
will retain their colours. You can also leave the flowers in water, until they