The authors take a single flower such as cosmos or dahlias and first give a "Recipe 1: On its own." Just like it sounds, the first arrangement features the flowers displayed in a vase or other container by themselves. Next is "Recipe 2: With company" showing the featured flower with other supporting flowers and fillers that unite to create a pleasing, full bodied arrangement. This second recipe is often broken down with photos for every step, but at the very least you get an exact ingredients list and a text step by step. Some flowers have a bonus "Recipe 3: Special occasion." These special occasion recipes are gorgeous full-blown affairs, easily pictured as a centerpiece for an event or wedding.
This book shines the spotlight on 43 different flowers and details instructions for 100 different arrangements. I also appreciated the varied vessels used to display the flowers. If this doesn't jump start your creativity, I don't know what will!
I first saw this book late last spring and it inspired me to make an effort to bring flowers into the house and arrange them just for my own pleasure. I was also practicing and experimenting with what looked well and what lasted longest. I wanted to be able to pull together a finished looking bouquet as an easy hostess or thinking of you gift. I am excited to include more flowers for cutting in my garden next year.
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