Asymmetrical Experiment

This week’s design happened a little spontaneously after a quick mooch in my local florist – Miss Mole’s Flower Emporium. Why I thought I’d be able to window shop and not buy anything I don’t know!

Fifteen minutes and a good natter later, I’d walked out with an armful of beautiful spring flowers and only a vague idea of what on earth I was going to do with them!

Selection of flowers

My Instagram feed is of course loaded with floristry-related posts all the time, and I’ve noticed a trend popping up. There seems to be a real buzz around asymmetry and L-shaped designs. From rustic urns to bridal bouquets that appear almost horizontal, it seems florists are deviating away from the standard formations of traditional floristry.

Despite my natural urge to take my design down the classic, symmetrical route that just seems to please my eye, curiosity got the better of me. So out came the foam, scissors and wide-mouthed vase I knew would come in handy one day.

Time to fight against the symmetry-loving beast within!

Choosing the Flowers

The sole reason why I ended up doing this design was the stunning deep red ranunculus waiting for me in a cute jam jar. Once I’d seen those, there was no going back. I’ve been keen to veer away from pinks and purples in recent weeks, and this was the perfect opportunity.

Perfectly matched with similarly rich gerbera, a few stems of ornithogalum with gorgeous orange flowers at the tip, white astilbe (which I’d been wanting to use since featuring it in my ‘Ohh that’s what it’s called‘ series), delicate wild daisies, and the deep green hues of waxy ruscus, I knew I had a wild garden waiting to be planted.

Floristry in action

I would have done a full step-by-step guide for this one, but in all honesty, I had no idea what I was doing or how it would turn out! I also forgot to take photos after each step so it wouldn’t have been particularly helpful.

After soaking a third of a block of foam and slotting it firmly in the vase, I started with the longest, most shapely stems of ruscus to mark out the vertical and horizontal of my L shape. I then used smaller stems to fill in the gaps and build out the structure. I also had a few sprigs of eucalyptus parvifolia to add extra volume.

Soft ruscus and eucalyptus
L-shaped foliage structure

Time for the focals, and time to go against my desire for an even placement throughout! I placed the ranunculus at the vertical and horizontal ends, aiming to draw the eye across the design. By placing the gerberas at different heights, my eye was thrown slightly from what I would expect to see in a natural garden, and I really wasn’t sure if I liked it.

I continued with this almost jarring pattern with the placement of the ornithogalums which were ideal for adding subtle curves. While the astilbe and wild daisies were ideal for filling gaps in between the focals.

At this point I’d used all of the flowers I’d bought, but I knew there was still something missing. After a mini panic, I realised I had some eryngium still in good condition from last week’s hand-tie. I dotted a handful of stems here and there and they did the job perfectly, adding extra shade and texture – the beauty of left-overs!

Asymmetrical Floral Design
The finished piece

This one had to grow on me a little, I really wasn’t sure if it was my kind of thing. But after taking a few photos and settling it on my dining table, I really fell in love with it. Living in a flat, it’s always nice to feel like you have your own little garden inside.

On reflection, I would have perhaps taken the vertical a little higher just to give it some more definition and really emphasise the negative space of the ‘L’. But overall, I absolutely love this blend of colours and it was lovely to work with some new flowers such as astilbe and ornithogalum.

Asymmetry? It’s a yes from me!

Emily x

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