I am back! I have taken some time away working on a very special and exciting endeavor. It is one of those things that scares me in a really good way and I can’t wait to share more with you all in the next month or so. I have missed you, and I can’t wait to catch up.
As promised, I wanted to share more about this fun and easy DIY summer flower arrangement. While we were out at the local berry farm picking blackberries, I kept thinking how pretty cuttings would look in a centerpiece. I know- who even thinks that? I’m so weird sometimes. I just loved the mixture of the reds, blacks and greens. Years ago, I used to do flowers but haven’t really done them since I had my babies. I still really enjoy making arrangements for my home though.
This arrangement is super easy. I just used the blackberry vines and also clippings from around my yard, with little accents of doughnut peaches. You could go in so many different directions with this arrangement depending what flowers and clippings you have available. The blackberries would be fun in a number of different types of arrangements.
I picked a vase I had on hand that had a relatively wide top. If you want your arrangement to be more perfect, you will want to tape a grid of floral tape on the top of the vase to help the flowers stay in place. I was stuffing so many flowers and branches in mine, so I opted not to.
I started by adding a bunch of the blackberry branch clippings to my vase. I did some research and read that in order to keep them alive longer, you need to freshly clip the ends of each branch and then smash it with a heavy object. This helps to slow the process of it sapping over and allows it to drink water longer.
Once I added the prepared branches to my vase, I added longer clippings from my snowball bush. Instead of thinking of this arrangement as needing to be symmetrical and round, I thought of it as being flow-y and organic, so I added the branches on the right and left side of the arrangement.
Then I just added clippings from my white carpet rose bush in a top right to bottom left motion.
Then I just popped little doughnut peaches in the arrangement here and there, wherever they would fit. Another totally random element (I give you permission to think I am nuts), but I love the color and texture they add.
It is such an easy arrangement and would be fun for a summer barbecue or soiree. I love the moody and romantic colors, mixed with the casual, laid back fruits and clippings.