Using floral mechanics in creative ways

Hey, I’m Kelly. Welcome to “Team Flower.” Today, I’m going to create a
winter arrangement with you, and I have just five simple
ingredients, golden raintree, and I have some of the pieris
japonica, foxtail lilies. I have some grass. This is the grocery store grass
just from the little field beside the grocery store, and
a poinsettia from the grocery store. So all things that–
this is probably if you’re going to go
out there and practice an arrangement that’s
similar to this, this is probably going to be
the thing that you might have a little bit of trouble
finding, but you really don’t need this
specific type of thing. You just need something
that’s long and reaching and has a little
bit of a bend to it. So I’ll talk about the
purpose of the ingredients. The purpose is really
the most important part. You can substitute with anything
that fills a similar purpose and recreate a similar look. Now, in terms of mechanics
for this arrangement, I’m working in, I guess
this is what I like to call the sailboat shape. But if you can come
around here and just get a close up of how
we have this set up. A lot of times I talk about
wire, wire foam, and frogs and tape. There’s lots of different ways
to put together the mechanics for your arrangement. And I like to choose those
things based on the ingredients that I’m putting
in the arrangement, not just what my preference
is because I think sometimes people get locked
into, well, I only use frogs or I only use foam or
those kinds of things. But not all flowers perform
really great in foam, but some flowers really
need that really strong, stable thing. This container doesn’t allow
me to have a frog in here, at least not the shape. I just have the round ones
in the studio right now. And just the way
that it’s shaped, it’s difficult to really secure
a frog in there really well. So I thought through,
well, how is the end of the design going to look? What are the components
for mechanics that I can use to put together
so that every flower’s need is taken care of? So usually my
technique for mechanics is a little bit simpler than
this, but for this arrangement, in particular, I think
it’s important to have these different components. So I’m going to fill this up
too tall so I can tip and show, but you’ll see I have a
layer of chicken wire in here deep inside the bowl. And then I have a little
piece of foam over here on my right-hand
side, and then I have some tape grid
over top of that. So this foam is important
for the foxtail lily, which is really heavy and
has a very thick stem. The chicken wire, we
can easily handle. The pieris can go in that. And this grass, I didn’t put the
foam to the edges on both sides because I need a
little bit of room for the grass to go right
into that chicken wire. So I just wanted to
share that with you as you’re thinking through
arrangements that you could be making. You can configure these
in any type of way to meet the needs of the
flowers, the ingredients, the end place that it’s going
to really serve your client best and meet their needs. And this one is just
going in the house, so I’m not concerned about
water sloshing in the car or anything like that. And if I was, I would just tip
out water and refill whenever I got to my destination. But without any further ado,
let’s go ahead and get started. I am going to begin
with the pieris as the base in my
creation here today. And right now,
we’re establishing the shape and the size
of the arrangement. And this ingredient,
while I am going to use the foxtail
and the grasses are going to play an important
role in shape and size as well. This is really that low piece
that the other flowers can be supported by, but it’s
also a pretty important shape component as well. So rather than just only
using it to cover it down here in the rims, I see it
being a pretty prominent piece. So before I got started, I
surveyed all the ingredients that I had, and I
thought in my mind how would I like to go
about arranging them, what are their strengths, how
can I showcase them the best. And with the pieris,
I really love the idea of it being dominant on
one side, a little bit heavier on one side, but still having
a little touch of it over here because I imagine these
foxtail lilies shooting up in this area. So that’s going to
add some visual weight and balance it out over there. So this is what we’re looking
at over here right now. And I’m designing this. I think if I have
extra ingredients, I might go back in and
finish up the back side, but I’m imagining
this arrangement with what I have available
to me just being one sided and being placed up against
a wall and show cased in that light. So it’s a silhouetted end
use is what I have in mind. When we’re really focusing
on, the lines that are being created here, not
as important that we have a finished back in this case. So there’s the main
shape and silhouette that I have going
with the pieris, and I’m going to add
some of the grasses. The grocery store grass is next. I want those to shoot
up and flow out over to the right side. And these are something that
necessarily need lots of water right now. They’re already pretty dry. So what I’m going to do is do
a little bit of a measure here, and then I’m going to bind
them together so that they stay hanging out as a club whenever
they get mixed in here with the rest of the flowers. And if the position
isn’t quite right and we need to pull the binding
apart, that’s no biggie. But that’s what I think will
perform the best, which you don’t know until you get going. Every arrangement is different. Every flower group is different. So now I’ve just
got those together. Now, they’re all one stem
as opposed to being many, and that makes it easy to
get it situated in here. Drama. Drama. Grass drama. Pretty fun. So these foxtail lilies I saw
as being really the backbone of this arrangement,
so I’m going to add those next, nice
and tall and reaching that uppermost point. And I thought it be a fun
contrast with these really light grasses. The grasses really give us
quite a drama moment too. But these add that
touch of stability, and they have so
much personality with their little curves. And this tall one, if I
just only use the tall one and I have a thing. I have naked stems very much. Sometimes they’re
fine, but for this, I like using the two
pieces to work together to keep the flower beds
going the whole way down into that base. And I think I’m going to
stop with those for now. There could be another one. It depends what suits you,
gives it a heavier look. See whenever they’re
here at the same angle, they look like little– I’m
going adjust that a little bit. I don’t know what
littles they look like, but you just need to
adjust the height of them so they don’t look like,
we’ll call them ears. So that gives us a
little stair step. And the last ingredient,
well, we have two more. We’ve got the raintree yet. And this I thought would
be this pretty coming down and spilling out along with the
pieris, little accent for that. And since these don’t need
to be in water at all, you can use that
pieris to tuck them in. Since some of them
have shorter stems, you can touch them
in and support them in and among the pieris. And you’ll see I do have there
is lots of open space in here. The mechanics are totally
visible right now. That’s something
that we’ll address. But whenever you’re doing
something that is a little bit more sculptural, you need the
negative space deep down inside here. So if you start filling
that up too quick, too fast, then you really lose the
interesting silhouette of the foxtail lily
and things like that. So under here, this
is an opportunity where just some light
layering of moss can go in, trachelium, things
like that that are very flat. And in this case,
I’m probably going to do a little bit with
the poinsettia, just a leaf over top of the mechanics. Very, very subtle. So it’s around Christmas time
up here in the mountains, so the grocery stores,
the poinsettias are out in the masses right now. I love to get this poinsettia
right in the water, directly in the water. Poinsettia does
have the white sap. And so whenever that bleeds
out, it will bleed out and will form little scab. The sap will eventually stop
coming out of the plant, so it’s important when you
create an arrangement like this with a flower that has that,
some people recommend clipping it, putting in water,
letting it all run out and then switching
it into a new bucket. So they say cut
them at the length that you would want when
you go in the arrangement. Well, sometimes when you’re
making the arrangement, you’re not quite sure how
long you need it to be. So when you’re
planting, you can clip and let it sit in a
little vase beside you and test it out, and then let
it drain out and put it back in. What I’m going to do today
is I’m going to put it in, I’m going to let it drain, and
I’m going to flush the water. Just want to keep
the water clean. But all of these plants
are being clipped, and they’re taking
that first drink. So you if did do
that, I’d recommend adding this one in
a little bit later after they’ve
already had a chance to get some of their water out. But I could also just clip
and pop them in my little vase here as well. So that is up to you. You can do some experiments
and see what kind of difference it makes. Now, we’re just adding
those poinsettias in there. I think I really could
have stopped before, but these are that nice
little focal point, and by little I mean big. Focal points are big,
but I think with this, with the emphasis that
we had on the shape and the way that the
lilies came up and out, I think it could have
easily been done before. So we’re at that matter
of preference point. It’s all a matter of
preference, actually, but the principles are
what help guide us. So we can interpret them
a lot of different ways. So my dominant principle
before I added the focal point could have just been the
line of the foxtail lily. It works both ways. All right. So that’s what I’ve
landed with and where I’m going to hang out and quit. But I am going to just
go back over with some of the poinsettia
and the raintree and just do some
low coverage in here at the bottom to
cover mechanics. But that’s all, nothing really
interesting to see there with that. So here you have it
with the poinsettia, and I will pop these out so you
can see and get a visual again if the line was going to be
the dominant principle, how that would change the
overall composition. So there you have it. Thanks for watching.

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