Part One of a Mother's Day Gift

Part One: Product Selection

All the beautiful images for this post were provided by Jen Araya Photography.

The flowers you choose for any arrangement should be selected with care. Like putting together a menu for a dinner party, each dish must both stand out, but also work in harmony with its fellows, in order to build something cohesive, but also more than the sum of its parts. When arranging flowers, I focus first on color, and then on texture--both must work together. 


Color combinations can be as simple or as complex as you choose. When deciding, its helpful to have a palette of flowers in front of you for comparison. When fitting an arrangement for someone, I like to consider the colors and styles of the person's clothes and character to help guide me. 


Colors that are close to each other on the color wheel will always be the easiest to mix and match. Dark Purple and lavender will never offend one another. In a composed arrangement, its important to vary colors slightly, so that each flower is highlighted, and each shape becomes more distinct. In a monotone bouquet, you run the risk of losing the blossoms in a nondescript blob. 


With this arrangement, I chose bold, complimenting colors, and made sure to include purple tones, as that's my mother's favorite color. While there isn't a lot of true purple in this arrangement, I played with the concept by incorporating blues, burgundies, corals, and peach. Set beside each other, the collection sings a purple song. 


When you chose a limited color palette, texture becomes especially important. In this case, the tulips feature a smooth texture, in juxtaposition to the ranunculus and wax flowers, which have a busier, ruffled texture. 


When building a bouquet, don't limit yourself to just one bunch of flowers. You will often find more interesting and varied textures among the plants at the store. I also love to use foraged elements whenever possible. Spring was still very much in hiding when I created this arrangement, so I gathered a few fallen branches both to build a base, and then to add unexpected texture. 

Here is the link to purchase this vase:

All flowers and plants were purchased from Whole Foods.  The branches were collected from my backyard.

Tomorrow I will post a step by step tutorial using the selections shown.