Another fresh new day with nothing to do but enjoy myself. These few days have been the best- hanging out with friends, eating great food, and relaxing. Today my roommate and I decided to make mini arrangements from the wildflowers growing around campus. The variety of flowers that we came across in a short walk around our apartment was absolutely amazing. On my way to and from classes, I noticed a few bright blooms growing, but I had no idea how many different kinds there were until I really looked. What a great way to appreciate nature.
Along with the little flowers, I picked some unconventional foliage and other wild things to add some excitement. Looking at the pictures it probably seems like I chose only purple and yellow flowers, but those were the only ones growing. Purple and yellow happen to look lovely together, so that was ok.
The first step, after picking the flowers, is to remove the bottom leaves from the stems. Any leaves that will be submerged under the waterline should be removed. Doing this and cutting your stems at an angle will help the flowers to last a bit longer. The actually arranging of the flowers isn't fussy- it's a wildflower bouquet so it shouldn't be too structured. The most important thing is to have a balance between variety and unity. In the arrangement to the right, the unity comes from the color and relative size of the blooms, the variety comes from the height , texture, and shape of the various flora. I think it turned out great.
The vessels we chose are just as simple and unpretentious as the flowers themselves. I've been saving little glass jars for a time such as this. The ones pictured here used to contain mayo, jelly, and artichoke hearts. I wrapped them with twine and made a loop so that they could hang in my kitchen window. I love the idea of wildflowers in recycled jars. It's so simple. I love finding every day things and turning them into something else to showcase their beauty.
Christine and I picked enough flowers for three mini bouquets. Arranging them didn't take long at all. They came together organically, a flower here, another there, some leaves in the middle- very effortless. A nice, peaceful activity for a cloudy day. After we finished making our bouquets, we filled the jars with water and simply found a nice place to hang them. I chose to suspend the three jars from the kitchen window. I'm very happy with the way they turned out! I move back home tomorrow and I'll really miss these lazy days of no school and no work.