CHELSEA FUSS

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Flower Tutorials


As a writer, photographer, and blogger for online gardening and flower arranging media, I often share flower arranging tutorials and tips! I hope you find some of them useful!

How to Turn Your Love of Flowers into a Floral Design Career

Do you ever dream of spending your days surrounded by stems of garden roses and lilacs? Gathering and composing arrangements of colorful, fragrant blossoms day after day, instead of sitting behind a desk? Owning a flower shop is one of those romantic jobs many people dream of. But what is it really like? And how do you get started with a career in floral design?

Read more at Format Magazine.

Rethinking Jasmine: The Perfect Vase for a Fragrant Flowering Vine

A member of the olive family, jasmine vines bloom from spring to summer with a strong fragrance and vines that like to cling to walls and trellises. J. officinale, or common jasmine, is my personal favorite with almost-red buds that fade to pink. The vine is deciduous, but if you continue picking the flowers throughout the spring and summer, it will go on providing flowers for you.

Read more at Gardenista.

Photos by Sanda Pagaimo.

10 Herbs to Add to Your Flower Arrangements

To add a touch of texture and fragrance to bouquets, consider adding some redolent herbs to your bouquets. They tend to last well and make inexpensive fillers for bouquets, and the best part is, you can repurpose them for cooking later!

Read on to discover 10 herbs that will hold up particularly well in your herb flower arrangements once cut.

Read more at Craftsy.

Rethinking Honeysuckle: Casual Vines for Charming Arrangements

The casual personality of honeysuckle flowers and vines is ideal for making bouquets at home. Unless you live at Buckingham Palace, flowers are an accessory, not an art piece. Stiff arrangements with each stem coerced into place are beautiful at an event, but at home flowers should appear a little less thought out. I love for my bouquets to appear as if they were simply plucked from the meadow behind my house (even if sometimes it takes much more thought and effort than that)

Read more at Gardenista.

Photos by Sanda Pagaimo.

Wild Violets: Rethinking Eliza Doolittle’s Favorite Flower

Perhaps you consider violets a weed, if you’ve ever had them take over your lawn or garden, but sweet violets used to be a mainstay of the floral industry. From the 1800s into the 1930s and ’40s, florists would grow their own violets in greenhouses attached to their shops. Violet sellers sold the little bundles on the street (think: Eliza Doolittle).

Read more at Gardenista.

Olive Branches: Rethinking an Underappreciated Symbol of Peace

Olive trees are common in Mediterranean climates where olives and their oil are a mainstay of the cuisine. But the leaves and branches have also been used throughout history for different purposes. The ancient Greeks wove the leaves into crowns for Olympic prizes and the branches and oil were used in religious rituals and offerings.

Read more at Gardenista.

Rethinking Acacia: Summery Branches to Brighten a Winter Table

Read the full article at Gardenista

As a cut flower, acacia branches bring a sweet fragrance and bright color inside a cool winter home. 

5 Beginners' Tips to Plant Flowers, Herbs and Greens

Read the full article at House & Garden 

Have you ever longed to plant your own flower patch? Here, some of England's top flower farmers share their best tips.

How to Make an Herb Boutonniere

Read the full article at Once Wed.

Herbs are casual and aromatic and perfect for a late summer or fall wedding. As far as ingredients go, the sky is the limit! 

Top Tips for Planting Wildflowers

Read the full article at Craftsy.

Garden designer and flower farmer, Lara Smith, shares her top tips for planting a meadow.

How to Condition Wild Poppies

Read the full article at Gardenista.

Follow these steps and you will be surprised at the vase life of this fragile spring flower.

Conditioning Flowers in 10 Simple Steps

Read the full article at Craftsy.

Follow these 10 simple steps for conditioning cut flowers for beautiful long-lasting bouquets.

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