Nothing beats fresh flowers as a Mother’s Day gift, so why not get creative and put together your own arrangement with help from Dobbies? From a simple hand-tied bunch of flowers, to a beautiful table-top posy, there really is something for everyone. And you don’t need to spend much either – use value-for-money supermarket blooms, and bulk them out with ivy and other evergreens from the garden, for a cheerful display that’s sure to warm the heart. Get children involved too – this kind of project is the perfect way to fill an afternoon and little ones will love using flowers to be creative.
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- Oasis ring
- Ivy, fern and rosemary from the garden
- Roses and carnations
- Garden twine
- Card luggage label
Soak the Oasis ring in water, allowing it to absorb the liquid over time – it’s usually best to let this happen overnight.
Add short pieces of fern, rosemary and ivy to the ring, working around the circle as you go – make sure they all face the same way.
Cut the flower stems so they’re around 10cm long and push them into the ring one at a time. Make sure they’re evenly spaced.
Gather the flowers and greenery in your hand one stem at a time. Make sure they’re evenly spread and look pleasing to the eye.
Tie your bunch together with garden twine. If the flower stems move when tying, just tweak them back into place.
Remove any stray leaves, and cut the stems so they’re all the same length. Using secateurs makes this easy.
Write a message on your luggage label and tie it to the bunch. Keep things neat by attaching it in the same place as the string.
Finish off the bunch with a raffia bow – this will also disguise the string. Stand the bunch in water until you’re ready to present it as a gift.