Designing with Flowers Cut From My Garden | Watch Me Work


– Hi, I’m Sullivan. This is Muppet, who thinks I’m emoting too much, so she’s walking away. Hey, guys, Sullivan Owen here. In my previous video, I showed you guys a tour of the garden beds that I’ve gotten finished at our house. Today’s a new day, because
I ended up having to film that tour two to seven times. No, just twice, but… So today I woke up early
and I cut some flowers from all around the garden, and I made this flower arrangement that the cats have approved. And so stay tuned, and
I’m gonna show you guys how I put it together. And if you love all
things floral like I do, I hope you’ll subscribe to the channel and be sure to hit the bell to be notified when new videos go up
Mondays and Thursdays. All right, so here we go with the cutting garden design
from the end of August. (birds chirping) (birds chirping) (birds chirping) (birds chirping) (birds chirping) Okay, so we’re switching to voiceover mode because I’m actually juggling two cameras and I cannot design efficiently while narrating what I’m doing. (soft music) You want to begin by making a grid of waterproof tape, in
this case I’m using clear. There’s also green. The green sticks better,
but I didn’t want to see it. I make a pretty wide grid, because I’m a very experienced designer. If you are a newer designer, you can use more tape
to tighten up the grid. Just don’t make it so tight, it’s very hard to put the flowers in. And then, for a little extra security, because sometimes this tape does slide, I’m just going around the rim of the vase to kind of secure everything in place. Fill your vase with water. If you have flower food,
now is the time to add it. I use a liquid food, but
most bunches of flowers come with powder. Just make sure it’s totally dissolved. (soft music) My vase was a little wobbly, so I used the towel to stabilize it. (soft music) All right, so all designs,
at least in my style, start with foliage. I cut some very large pieces of greenery, so I’m going to break it
down into multiple stems so I get the most out of it, and also so it’s a little more manageable. And then I really just start adding it in around the outside of the vase, kind of aiming the stems
outward at an angle, I’m creating a grid in
the base of the vase, as the stems, as the vase fills in, the
stems create a support system for flowers, and since I’m using some more delicate branches, the tape will also help support things, but I think the foundation
of any good design is lots of foliage. I know that there was a time period where greens were not very popular, but I personally think that they make arrangements look good. I try to use three to five greenery, foliage, berry type branch
elements in every project. I generally alternate
between snips and a knife. I find snips are easier for woody stems or branches, breaking things down, but a knife is best for most flowers. Just don’t use a floral knife if you’re not experienced with it. They are sharp, and… You will cut your thumb if you don’t know what you’re doing. Actually, they make thumb protectors if you want to practice. (soft music) The next layer of flowers
that I would look for would be something that I would put in the category of filler, I’m using Joe Pye weed here, but some other examples would be like acidum, or viburnum, or a hydrangea would all kind of function as well. I found one more piece of foliage. This sweet potato vine is so beautiful, but I’m not quite ready for it. Sometimes with the delicate vines, if you put them in too early, you’ll just end up shredding the leaves as you work on it. Of course, the prettiest
zinnia got broken. (soft music) I’m using the salvia as a line flower. Line flowers point the eye or point the viewer in the direction that you want them to go. (soft music) (soft music) (soft music) I’m adding in zinnias, both blooms, and I like the foliage. (soft music) (soft music) (soft music) I would put these little China asters in the category of a spray flower. Most common ones would
be like a spray rose. I just didn’t have a lot of them. Normally on an arrangement,
I like a lot of each type of floral element, but when you’re cutting
from your own garden, you gotta cut what’s there, and I don’t grow spray roses, and so, I didn’t have them. If you see me holding
things up to the vase, I’m seeing if I like the color palette. I did not like the way
that agastache looked with this color combination, so I decided not to use it. These roses were super thorny. I probably could have cut a lot more off the shrub, but I got
tired of being stabbed with teeny little microscopic thorns. I’m leaving some of the foliage on, but you want to make sure you remove the foliage that’s going
to be in the water. Any foliage leaves that
get into your water is just gonna like make the water gross. (soft music) (soft music) The peacock orchid, or gladiolus, but let’s face it, peacock
orchid sounds way cooler, it was like such a perfect gestural flower to add into that like upper left. And you can see, lazy Susan or not, it’s helpful to kind of turn the design as you’re working on it if you’re making a design that’s going to
be viewed from all sides. I have a ton of these huge white dahlias, but I’m not sure they’re right. They just look a little too big. The pink dahlia is called Miss Delilah. I wish it were a slightly richer pink. It’s got like a very
baby spring pink to it, but it’s what I had, so they’re going in. (soft music) (soft music) (soft music) (soft music) (soft music) (soft music) I’m not staring moodily
off into the distance, I have a monitor. All right, so I saved the
sweet potato vine for the end because I wanted to do this kind of cool wrapping, twisting, kind
of winding it through the design. I thought the heart-shaped
leaves of the vine would be really interesting if I could put the stem in the water and then wind the rest of the body of the vine through, so you can see… It’s a very cool effect. And this also ended up
lasting quite a while, which surprised me. I admit, I wasn’t sure if
it was going to cut well. So I’m making sure that
there’s no leaves or foliage and giving myself a long stem to insert into the bottom of the vase
so it reaches the bottom and then kind of winding the vine through in between some of the flowers. I’m glad I had this, because it did make the pink of that dahlia feel like slightly more sophisticated. That dahlia did not bloom in the color that I was anticipating. Its photos online, it catfished me. Its photos online showed it to be a slightly richer, more
orangey toned coral pink. It’s very baby pink, so… It’s probably not getting
saved for next year. (soft music) (soft music) Just trying to figure out where to use this last piece of vine. (soft music) (soft music) (soft music) (soft music) (soft music) (soft music) (soft music) (soft music) (soft music) Hey, guys, thanks so much for watching. I hoped you liked my
cutting garden design. If you would like to see the garden tour, you can check out, I’ll link
to the previous video below, and my next video’s going to be me making a design with all
grocery store flowers since I know not everyone has access to the same flowers that
we floral designers get. So be sure to subscribe so you can, and hit the bell, so you can get notified when that video goes up. And me and the cats
will see you again soon. Thanks, bye. (beeping) Johnny, can you do the intro? Who’s going to do it? You guys are like camera hogs. They’re trying to eat
the flower arrangement before I finish my intro. Mup. Do your intro.

3 thoughts on “Designing with Flowers Cut From My Garden | Watch Me Work

  1. My cat eats my flowers too! I loved your video. Now I want to plant a cutting garden.
    I’m sending a friend to you for a wedding that’s going to be next Labor Day weekend. You did my daughter’s wedding a couple of years ago. Everyone loved your flowers.

  2. Hi Sullivan! I’m so excited about your new channel, and thoroughly enjoyed watching you put together this arrangement. I saw your comment from the other day and I have to say that I love your video style- fresh, real, and inspiring. I subbed and am looking forward to watching you grow! 💚

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