Tools for Cutting and Arranging Flowers

Tools and Materials

When you first start to take in interest in floral design it can be baffling as to what equipment you need. Well, let me tell you, the essential items are

a good sharp pen knife

a pair of scissors

and some floral foam

That is it, everything else is not essential, as you can use everyday containers from around your home to make great arrangements without the need to buy specialist bowls and vases.

If you do want to enhance your tool kit, there is a wide range of other equipment available, but most items are only useful occasionally.

Wire cutters

Secateurs

String – strong, but not too thick

Reel wire – available in black for binding plant materials and coloured for more decorative work

Stub wires – sometimes referred to as florist wire, available in different thicknesses

Coloured aluminium wire – for use in modern designs

Florist tape – for securing floral foam into containers

Buttonhole tape – for covering wires and stems when making wired designs

A tool box – handy for keeping all your floral design things together in one place

Cold glue- runny cold glue is used in many modern floral design techniques

Glue gun and glue sticks – useful for more ‘heavy duty’ gluing

Chicken wire – used in large scale designs

Posy bowls and other plastic florist dishes

Wreath rings filled with floral foam

Candle holder – this is easily secured in floral foam if you wish to add a candle to your design

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The Meaning of Flowers

Today’s blog takes a look at the traditional meanings and symbolism of certain flower varieties.

Allium                                  Good fortune

Alstromeria                        Devotion and friendship

Amaryllis                             PrideMixed flower buckets

Anthurium                          Attraction

Birds of Paradise              Magnificence

Bouvardia                           Enthusiasm

Chrysanthemum              Hope

Cornflower                         Delicacy and refinement

Daffodil                               Respect / Chivalry

Dahlia                                  Good taste

Eucalyptus                          Protection

Freesia                                 calmnessvase of flowers

Gerbera                               Purity

Gladioli                                               Generosity / Natural grace

Gypsophila                         Everlasting love

Heather                               Passion

Holly                                     Good will

Hyacinth                              Consistency / young love

Hydrangea                          boastful

Iris                                          Wisdom

Ivy                                          Friendship / affection

Jasmine                               Good luck

Lavender                             Devotion

Lilac                                       First love

Lily                                         BeautySweet peas

Lily of the Valley              Sweetness / Humility

Mimosa                               Sensitivity

Orchid                                 Love / Beauty

Peony                                   Bashfulness

Phlox                                    Sweet Dreams

Primrose                             Hope

Rose Red                              Love and Passion

Rosemary                            Remembering

Stephanotis                       Desire

Sunflower                           Loyalty and power

Sweet Pea                          Lasting pleasure

Tulip                                      Hopeless love

Violet                                   Modesty and faithfulness

Zinnia                                   Absence