Create a classic English hand-tied bouquet with our step-by-step instructions.
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Gather Flowers for Bouquet
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.
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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.
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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.
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Along the bottom, cut stems straight across.
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Place in Vase
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.