Autumn to me it all about contrast. It’s true that all seasons are shifting, changing things but Autumn seems more so to me somehow, and I believe that the key to capturing such a feeling, within any arrangement, is to exploit the contrasts that nature gives you. This all comes through the choice of your flowers and foliage.
Here I have chosen to use gorgeous dark brown Beech leaves, Rebeca seed heads and Vibernum, for the base of my hand tie. These not only provide that deep, dark, ‘winter is coming’ feeling, but also a wonderful texture, something that I think is essential to giving that feeling of autumn.
The contrast comes in with the use of pale creams, pinks and peaches, chosen for the main flowers, or leading ladies of the arrangement; dahlias, Valencia roses (a personal favourite) and astrantia.
Once you have made your choice you are ready to compose your hand tie. Start with a central flower held in your left hand if you’re right handed and your right hand if you’re left handed. Add other stems at an angle, at the point of your thumb hold the stems (this is called the binding point) with the flower head facing away from you.
Once you have added a couple, twist the bouquet round and continue onto the bare side of your central flowers, this is mostly so your stems will end up in a beautiful spiral, but also so you don’t get the same flowers next to each other. I however quite like it if you get some of the same flowers next to one another, it just keeps thinks looking natural, a little more like they have been scooped from up from a field. What an awesome field that would be!!
Don’t worry if it’s not perfect, it’s not meant to be. I believe that flowers should reflect people, and no person is perfect.