How to Create a hanging Ammi majus Flower Bomb

This lovely Ammi majus flower bomb is easier to make than you might think, and looks lovely decorating your home, wedding or party venue.
A Flower Bomb! Ammi majus Flower Globe at Swan Cottage Flowers, Buckinghamshire near Milton Keynes
A Flower Bomb! Ammi majus Flower Globe at Swan Cottage Flowers
This is my first ever attempt, although I admit to restarting it after it looked awfully lopsided……all the stems were far too long, not being able to initially bring myself to cut my lovely long stems short, so I pulled it all out and started again!
With all things floral practice, practice, practice is the key!
Here is my how to:
Ammi Majus How to construct a Hanging Flower Globe or Flower Bomb, Floral Foam and Hanging Baskets
Floral Foam and Hanging Baskets
  1.  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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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

    AAmmi Majus How to construct a Hanging Flower Globe or Flower Bomb, securing baskets together with wire
    Securing baskets together with wire
  4. Don’t try to work above your head – it’s exhausting. Hang your globe at a comfortable working height, not its final hanging position.
  5. Now add the flowers. You will need 2 Swan Cottage Flowers DIY Seasonal Flower Buckets of Ammi to cover the globe.
  6. 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!
  7. 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.

    Creating a hanging Ammi majus Flower Bomb, Hang your globe at a comfortable working height, not its final hanging position.
    Hang your globe at a comfortable working height, not its final hanging position.
  8. 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.
  9. 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

Zoe Woodward, Swan Cottage Flowers

Zoe Woodward, Swan Cottage Flowers

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Ammi majus Flower Bomb at Swan Cottage Garden
Ammi majus Flower Bomb at Swan Cottage Flower Farm and English Cottage Garden

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