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 How to Make a Cascading Anemone Bouquet                photo credit:  Victoria Hardina   
  
 
  
    
  
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How to Make a Cascading Anemone Bouquet                photo credit:  Victoria Hardina

What you need:

  • 2 bunches Calycina Heather (full length)
  • 1 bunch long stem lavender Sweat Peas
  • 1 bunch long stem pink Sweat Peas
  • 1 bunch white Veronica
  • 2 bunches white Anemones
  • 1 bunch white Lisianthus
  • 6 blush roses
  • 2 bunches blue Scabiosa
  • 1 bunch pink Hyacinth 
  • 2 med. Tea Leaves (body of leaf abt. 15")
  • a Gala Bouquet Holder (purchase here)
  • Oasis Floral Adhesive (purchase here)
  • 24 gauge green enameled paddle wire (purchase here)
  • 3-4 small flower vials 2 in x 1/2 inch
  • one wired floral pick (purchase here) 
  • 46 inches of 1/5 inch W. pink satin ribbon

Tools:

Steps: 8

 

Rated: Advanced

This bridal bouquet was created with all specialty flowers.  The construction was very complicated and it was quite the production piece.  The last steps included individually gluing small pink hyacinth flowers to the heather.  Some of the longer strands of heather were wired together to achieve the desired length and some of the blue Scabiosa blooms were tubed or placed into floral vials with their own water supply.  The Sweat Peas were ordered long to achieve the look.  In the end it was a very dramatic bouquet that had a romantic, slightly wild look to it as if it were gathered that morning out on a moor.  Incidentally the name anemone comes from the Greek word 'anemoi' which means wind.  In Greek mythology anemone flowers symbolize the love the goddess Aphrodite had for Adonis, the hunter.  In the myth Aphrodite turned the blood that fell from Adonis' wounds into 'windflowers' or Anemone flowers.

https://www.greekmyths-greekmythology.com/myth-aphrodite-adonis/

Actually the earliest references we have of bridal bouquets are from the ancient Romans and Greeks.  Those brides in ancient times carried fruits, flowers, and herbs to ward off evil spirits.  Today's brides carry flowers but the ancient brides actually carried bouquets of garlic, chives, sage and dill, so they were fragrant, but in an herbal way.  To read about this see:

 http://greekweddingtraditions.com/the-bridal-bouquet-history/                                                                               

One other thing to mention is that these 'windflowers' are fragile and cannot withstand heat.  They actually open and close up like a Morning Glory.  Now, if you have your flowers and supplies shall we begin.

 The handle is ergonomically designed and has wet-pack floral foam. 

The handle is ergonomically designed and has wet-pack floral foam. 

 You will use the paddle wire to wire some heather branches together

You will use the paddle wire to wire some heather branches together

 First soak the bouquet holder in water.

First soak the bouquet holder in water.

 Of course you will need one dog to keep you compnay.  A must.

Of course you will need one dog to keep you compnay.  A must.

 Insert the heather into the bottom third of the foam.

Insert the heather into the bottom third of the foam.

 Insert 2 tea leaves, one above the other in the back, like so.

Insert 2 tea leaves, one above the other in the back, like so.

 For desired length you will wire some heather extensions in.

For desired length you will wire some heather extensions in.

 Like so.

Like so.

 Anemone's stems are soft so use a hard stem (same diam.) to make a hole for the anemone.

Anemone's stems are soft so use a hard stem (same diam.) to make a hole for the anemone.

 Glue the tips of the flowers and then insert into the foam.

Glue the tips of the flowers and then insert into the foam.

 Add Anemones and blue Scabiosa down the front.

Add Anemones and blue Scabiosa down the front.

 Add white Lisianthus, Sweet Pea, Veronica and  Roses.

Add white Lisianthus, Sweet Pea, Veronica and  Roses.

  Tube 3-4 blue Scabiosa in vial with water.  Wire into Bouquet so tube is hidden.

Tube 3-4 blue Scabiosa in vial with water.  Wire into Bouquet so tube is hidden.

 Wire so Scabiosa is facing outward.

Wire so Scabiosa is facing outward.

 Take a few individual flowers off Hyacinth.

Take a few individual flowers off Hyacinth.

 Glue the randomly spaced hyacinth flowers onto heather.

Glue the randomly spaced hyacinth flowers onto heather.

 Wrap pick wire around ribbon at half way point.

Wrap pick wire around ribbon at half way point.

 Tie a bow.  Cut ends at 45 degrees.  Insert pick into bouquet holder.

Tie a bow.  Cut ends at 45 degrees.  Insert pick into bouquet holder.

 Insert pick into back of  bouquet holder.

Insert pick into back of  bouquet holder.

 This is the front.   Photo credit: Victoria Hardina

This is the front.   Photo credit: Victoria Hardina

   Enjoy!                                           Photo  credit:  Victoria Hardina

  Enjoy!                                           Photo  credit:  Victoria Hardina

 A beautiful California wedding day for a handsome couple.        Photo credit:  Victoria Hardina 

A beautiful California wedding day for a handsome couple.        Photo credit:  Victoria Hardina