With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we dropped by Tonic Bloom’s studio to learn some of their floral tips and tricks to making their signature bouquets. This year, they’ve pulled together three beautiful bouquets that mother’s of all ages are bound to love. We had the chance to learn how to make The Julia on Facebook here. But for all of you at home looking for some extra tips, Raphi and Michael have shared their secrets here for you!
1. First and foremost, find your inspiration. Whether it be a specific season, colour, style, or a particular flower type (or all of the above!), keep that inspiration in mind when you’re choosing your flowers. At Tonic Blooms, we work with local growers and therefore turn to the seasons as one of our greatest inspiration sources when designing and curating our selection. While we regularly change our bouquets based on seasonal availability, we take inspiration from anywhere to put our own modern spin on things and keep things fresh (no pun intended!).
2. The fresher the blooms, the longer they last, which is why we’re always sourcing the freshest blooms straight from the source – and you should too! Look for budded tulips, dense rose heads, tight ranunculus, etc. – it may not look the absolute prettiest at the beginning, but it will eventually bloom into a beautiful, long-lasting bouquet. You should also look for a variety of greens with different textures (i.e. eucalyptus, Italian ruscus, salal) as you will need these to fill in any gaps in your arrangement.
3. To achieve the farm-style look that’s been trending as of late, pick your focal flower (i.e. peonies, ranunculus, garden roses), a few accenting flowers (i.e. tulips, lisianthus, spray roses) and filler flowers (i.e. wax flowers, solidago, limonium), which you can then arrange directly in the vase by making a grid out of tape. Inserting stems into the grid will allow the flowers to stay upright and spray in a natural direction, which will help you achieve that wild look. Our Farmboy bouquet is an example of this farm-style arrangement and is one of our best sellers.
For something a little more traditional, choose one single element to focus on – this could be either a single flower in the same colour (i.e. pink tulips), a single flower in different colours (i.e. different coloured tulips) or different flowers in the same colour (i.e. pink tulips, roses and ranunculus). Start by creating a backdrop of greens that will act as the frame for your arrangement, placing your stems on top and filling with the rest of your greens. This look never gets old, which is why we always curate our lineup to include at least one traditional bouquet.
4. Whichever look you’re going for, make sure to always leave enough space around the blooms. This will ensure they have room to breath and bloom to their fullest.
5. While it’s not exactly an arranging tip, it’s important to note that properly caring for your flowers will ensure your bouquet stays fresh and looks its best. Proper flower care includes changing the water daily (room temperature water is best), trimming the stems with shears or sharp scissors, removing excess leaves from the stems and inside the vase and always storing in a cool, dry place (18-22 degrees celsius). All Tonic Blooms bouquets come with a special care card, though we also offer flower care tips on our website.