Improvise an ephemeral decor with wild herbs

Improvise an ephemeral decor with wild herbs

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It is not only the flowers of culture or of florists in life, and the wild grasses and the flowers of the fields gleaned by the waysides often conceal amazing resources. Only downside, these wild beauties are often fragile and do not last long when picked. But whatever, their ephemeral nature will only make the bouquets and compositions made more precious! Here's how to create delicate or spectacular plant displays using wild plants and wild herbs.

What plants for my wild bouquets and compositions?

To make pretty finds, you must first remove from your mind any prohibitions or notion of "weeds". Assume that no plant is uninteresting, and think of parts of the plant that are usually little or not exploited. At the edge of country roads, you will easily find daisies, wild fennel, clovers, daisies, dandelions, red nettles, blueberries, pope's money and other poppies. Take the longest stems possible and put them in the water quickly to preserve their freshness. Do not hesitate to also pick up armfuls of wild grasses: amourette, oats, cattail, wheat but also the thumpy canche, Eulalie, Angel hair or reeds ... They are easy to dry and their long stems will allow you to make spectacular compositions.

Grasses and spurge, a simple and effective mixture

Fantasy and inspiration straight from the garden!

Also think of the branches of willow, hazel, fruit trees or shrubs (raspberry, blackcurrant with fragrant leaves) which will give original presence to your bouquets. In the vegetable garden, use the plants mounted in seeds (arroche, arugula, various cabbages), recycle the carrot or radish tops to flesh out a composition or take colored corn cobs or a few stalks from a bean plan ... Don't forget not the aromatics to embalm your creations: rosemary, sage or laurel are perfect allies! You can even use the product of various sizes to make inexpensive superb bouquets: vine branches, privet branches, cypress or bamboo. Let your imagination run wild and follow your instincts according to the colors and shapes you want to combine. Beware, however, of certain plants such as ragweed which, very allergenic and irritating, would be unwelcome in a bouquet, or the oleander whose flowers, stems and berries are toxic.

The elegant line of simple raspberry branches

Staging wild herbs

The easiest way to accommodate your finds is to make them into bouquets. You can opt for a single composition or a multitude of small vases, using recovery containers (jars of jams, bottles of lemonade etc.) or on the contrary your collection of crystal to make your field flowers more precious. You can also prefer a composition in a bowl or under a glass bell. In this case start by creating a "background" of foliage or moss, then sprinkle it with flower buds or sprigs of grasses and finish with a stem or a large flower with a little relief to avoid a set that is too flat. Do not hesitate to play with colors: a monochrome composition will have a very modern look while a multicolored mixture will bring cheerfulness to a room with a slightly bland decoration. Use the contrasts of shape, height, texture to energize your bouquets and give them direction: a straight bouquet will have a completely different effect than a sheaf falling on the side, and a few scattered flowers in minimalist mode will look good different from a tuft with the assumed proliferation.

Raspberry, lavender and erigeron in a blue stoneware bowl

Bring structure to your flower arrangement

The problem with wildflowers is often their lack of dress. Their fine stems rarely remain straight and you must, to create pretty compositions, structure the whole with more rigid plants. Hence the interest in harvesting branches that will give direction to the whole bouquet. Another solution, you can hang upside down small loads connected by a cord. By hanging them on the wall at different heights or by hanging them from a branch recovered from nature, you will obtain a very scenographic composition. If you use grasses, aromatic herbs or chamomile, you can even dry them like this to keep them longer.

The aroche and the delicate corète complement each other to perfection

Accessorizing weeds, the keys to a successful staging

A simple bouquet in a vase is nice, but do not hesitate to think outside the box and really stage the harvested flowers and plants. Give them room by dedicating the center of the table but also an entire console or the top of a fireplace. Vary the containers and create atmospheres by associating a few objects with them: baskets and enamelled metal objects for a country atmosphere, a few pebbles and a straw hat reminiscent of holidays, travel souvenirs to recreate an exotic or Japanese corner… 'reverse, clean and abstract forms wonderfully frame a somewhat daring contemporary composition.

Vine shoots for a very modern abstract composition

See bigger for special occasions

You will see, once we start, we quickly get into the habit of staging the smallest twig, the smallest bouquet of clovers gleaned from the garden! By dint of training, you will gradually launch into more original and larger compositions, and you will look forward to the house parties or great occasions to decorate walls and tables and give a very personal touch to your events. At home or in the garden, why not imagine hanging grass doors, a wall of bouquets for a country photobooth, disproportionate ephemeral compositions in baskets, amphorae or crates? With three times nothing and a few green loads, you have something to breathe freshness and fantasy into your table and create a real ephemeral decor for a garden party or dinner.

Ornamental sage, perfect for multiplying micro-bouquets

Dare the spectacular reeds!