How To Make a Posy Bouquet
Create a classic English hand-tied bouquet with our step-by-step instructions.
First, gather flowers, greenery, and a vase. We used long-stemmed flowers such as snapdragons, roses, tulips, and lisianthus. Eucalyptus and viburnum add various shades of green. A clear glass container showcases the posy’s distinctive spiraled stems.
Starting about 8 to 10 inches from the top of the flowers, remove all foliage from the stems. Carefully strip off any thorns with a sharp paring knife.
Hold a cluster of several flowers in your left hand, at the midpoint of the stems. Gradually add other blooms, three stems at a time. Place each addition of flowers on the right and angle the stems to the left, gradually forming a spiral. As you add the rest of the flowers, give the bouquet frequent clockwise quarter turns.
At the center of the spiral, tightly wrap the stems with florist tape, as pictured.
Along the bottom, cut stems straight across.
Set the posy in a glass vase filled with water and flower preservative; cut and remove tape. Change the water every two or three days.