Foraged floral arrangements

One of the joys of the past few weeks has been watching spring arrive and the world burst into bloom. We in Germany were luckier than so many others: we weren’t confined to our homes. Taking a walk outdoors and enjoying the fresh air and sunshine have been treats and a source of great joy. Bringing a bit of that natural greenery indoors is a great way to celebrate the season.

 

A word of caution, though: Please be aware of the rules that govern foraging where you live, and only pick very little — as you’ll see, a tiny bit goes a long way.

Look for organic shapes and interesting patterns. A single stem of grass is so poetic, as is a small leafy branch. Its best to carry a cutter with you, once you bring your finds home, cut the ends at an angle and place in cool water immediately.

 

 

Be creative when it comes to containers: old bottles, bowls and cups make interesting and unusual vases. Having some florist moss on hand makes it easier to create more unusual arrangements: We’ve found a halved potato will also do a great job. Try to pick a potato almost or as long as your container, cut cleanly in half down the long side and use a toothpick or skewer to make holes for the greenery. Place in the container with cut side down, and carefully pour water in — too much can cause the arrangement to become unbalanced.

Here's some inspiration:

1 /  A simple branch with a single flowering element has a beautiful, poetic sweep which is a great contrast to the heaviness of the cup its placed in.

 

 

 

2 / These feathery Queen Anne's Lace flowers look beautiful in a bunch and they have a geometric yet very organic form. A wide-mouthed bowl is an unexpected container for them, and creates rather the appearance of a bonsai.


 

Be creative and remember to change the water regularly to ensure your blooms stay fresh longer. Place them in your favourite corners and enjoy!