- Soak either a 20cm (8in) diameter globe of Oasis floral foam or like I did some floral foam bricks in a trug or large bucket. I’m not a fan of floral foam so I have been as tight as possible and filled out with Chicken Wire!
- Your Foam will absorb enough water to keep your flowers alive for 4-5 days and will end up weighing about 4kg (10lb), which you need to bear in mind when you are hanging it. When it sinks it is ready; don’t be tempted to push the floral foam down into the water as that can cause dry air pockets in the foam.
- Put the floral foam globe or bricks in the middle of your baskets and the wire together. The weight will be in the bottom basket so don’t scrimp this part and use plenty of wire or cable ties
- Don’t try to work above your head – it’s exhausting. Hang your globe at a comfortable working height, not its final hanging position.
- Now add the flowers. You will need 2 Swan Cottage Flowers DIY Seasonal Flower Buckets of Ammi to cover the globe.
- Flowers must be really well conditioned, we do this for you at Swan Cottage Flowers and they will stand being pulled out, re cut for another go, just put them back in water while you have a cup of tea!
- Select only the most open flowers. Umbels that are not fully open have a tendency to wilt in Floral Foam. If you explain what you are creating when you order we will pick the most suitable flowers for you.
- When you’re poking stems into the globe, always aim for the centre this helps you keep a really good spherical shape for your finished globe. Start with shorter length stems of about 20cm (8in), push in about 2.5cm (1in) of stem and work your way round the globe covering it. Next add a slightly longer stem of about 25-30cm (10-12in) and repeat the process. Keep going, increasing the length of stem until you can’t see the foam globe.
- Now is the moment to lift the globe to its final position and hang securely. Just before you do this you can spray the flowers with a water atomiser or a florist spray that slows deterioration and helps the flowers to last longer. The globe should stay looking good for about a week.
Zoe Woodward, Swan Cottage Flowers
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