Flower posies were commonly used as bridal bouquets during the Victorian era. Consisting of neat, concentric circles of flowers or unstructured bouquets, posies are small, rounded bouquets that can be made with flowers found easily in the garden. The addition of ribbon, lace or mesh adds a special touch. By the arrival of the 21st century, flower posies had been replaced by fancier, more elaborate bouquets. The popularity of the flower posy has recently returned and modern-day variations can be found at floral shops or made at home using flowers from your garden.
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Things you need
- 1 rose
- 12 Bachelor's buttons
- 15 geraniums
- 4 stems of baby's breath
- 4 stems of foliage
- Floral wire
- 3 feet satin ribbon, 2-inch wide
- 10-inch circle of mesh netting
Hold the rose in one hand. This will be the hand that holds all the flowers, as you add them, so be sure to leave free the hand you need for adjusting and arranging. If you're right-handed, hold the flowers in your left hand and vice versa.
Arrange the 12 Bachelor's buttons in a circle around the rose. Position the Bachelor's buttons a little bit lower than the height of the rose to start forming the dome shape of your flower posy. Hold the stems securely to prevent the flowers from falling out of position.
Surround the Bachelor's buttons with a circle of geraniums. Place the geraniums a bit lower than the circle of Bachelor's buttons to continue the rounded dome shape.
Encase the flower posy with a border of alternating sprigs of baby's breath and green foliage, such as ferns or large leaves. Ensure the flowers are positioned the way you desire.
Wrap floral wire around the bottom inch of the stems, pressing it against the stems as you turn the bouquet. Continue to turn the bouquet as you wind the wire up the stems, stopping 1 inch below the base of the flowers. Snip off the end of the floral wire, leaving about 6 extra inches. Wrap the extra 6 inches down and around the stems tightly, but not tight enough to cut into the stems.
Select satin ribbon and mesh netting to complement the dress colour or other decorative colours. Place the centre point of the ribbon flat against the stems, about 1/2-inch above the end of the shortest stems. Wrap both ends of the ribbon firmly around the stems, crossing over one another, until you've covered the stems to the base of the flowers. Make a bow with the remaining ribbon and allow the ends to hang down.
Fold the 10-inch circle of mesh netting into quarters. Cut off 1 inch of the pointed tip to create an opening in the centre for the flower stems. Unfold the mesh and slide it up the flower stems. Secure it under the flowers by wrapping floral wire around the mesh located at the top of the stems.
Tips and warnings
- Substitute wide lace for mesh netting.
- Use flowers of any colour or combination. Flowers with thicker or strong stems tend to hold up to manipulation of the bouquet better than other flowers. Floral wire can be used to support thin stems.
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