Yesterday’s small space entertaining tablescape was seriously one of my favorite shoots of all time… and part of the reason why is because of the gorgeous centerpiece by The Stemmery. I’m of the mindset that flowers make everything better, so I grabbed a vintage pitcher and let Sarah go to work building the perfect springtime bouquet.
If you’re unfamiliar, The Stemmery is a flower subscription delivery service serving Seattle, Bellevue, and Kirkland. They source the flowers as locally as possible, so everything you receive reflects the season. They have three sizes/price points to choose from and you select one, decide how often and on what day you’d like deliveries and they take it from there, bringing your gorgeous blooms and greens that are different and creatively curated each time.
For the arrangement, Sarah used:
- Cottage Yarrow
- Seeded Eucalyptus
- Queen Anne’s Lace
In Sarah’s words:
When it comes to flowers, part of what I love about them is that they are always different. I rarely purchase the same combinations of flowers and greens to use in arrangements. I’m very tactile when it comes to my flower creations and while it’s sometimes necessary to pre-order flowers, I far prefer to select them in-person based on the variations in color, texture, shape, scent, etc. For this arrangement, I started with the goal of a fairly neutral, but not monochromatic, color palette, desiring to feature white blooms. I found these lovely ranunculus and centered everything else around those. I love the dainty details added by the Queen Anne’s Lace and Cottage Yarrow, as well as the soft coral color in the yarrow. Seeded Eucalyptus adds a lovely fragrance and the texture of the seeds adds a lot to an arrangement. Eucalyptus is a perfect green to use in arrangements with a neutral color palette as it is typically a muted blue-green and while it adds contrast to the flowers, its doesn’t draw attention away from them. I hadn’t planned to add any additional stems to this arrangement, but when I happened upon these beautiful, fancy white tulips, I couldn’t resist.
After I selected the flowers I “processed” them, which involved trimming them to the approximate length I’d like them to be in the arrangement and removing any unwanted foliage and, with tulips, rinsing away dirt that gets lodged between the leaves and the stems. (Helpful tip: When working with Queen Anne’s Lace, always trim the stems under running water to make sure they continue to hydrate properly.) You want to avoid dirt and foliage being in the water as they cause quicker bacteria growth, shortening the life of your flower arrangement.
When I started the arrangement, I created a good base and shape to follow using the Eucalyptus and Queen Anne’s Lace. I then placed a few of the Ranunculus and Tulips to create intentional points of focus in the arrangement. Next I added the yarrow, smaller pieces of Lace and some unopened Ranunculus to fill out the arrangement. I added a few more Ranunculus and Tulips at the end as final touches. I use these basic methods whenever I create arrangements, but it’s really mostly about just deciding what I think looks beautiful and going with it. Flower arranging is an art, and for me is more about feeling than method and that’s what I love most about it!
If you’re local to Seattle, Bellevue, and Kirkland, The Stemmery was kind enough to offer all readers 20% off your first delivery with code JOJOTASTIC.