How To: Using A Flower Frog – The Bowl

Come rain or shine, brighten up your home with a display of flowers that not only look great, but will bring a sense of life and energy into your home thanks to Clare Nolan.

“In this small bowl arrangement, I was aiming for a display where I could position the stems exactly where I wanted and give the flowers a chance to breathe. A flower frog (or pin holder) is ideal for giving the stems support in this situation – or you could use a small piece of chicken wire.”

HOW TO:

Without something to support the flower stems it would be almost impossible to display flowers like this in a shallow bowl – they would just splay out and collapse. A flower frog makes it possible. Choose one that fits snuggly in the vessel and secure it in position with florists’ tack. I sometimes use chicken wire taped into place when I don’t have a flower frog that will fit, but the ball of chicken wire can slip and move sometimes – depending on the flowers I’m using.

Flower frog bowl to secure flowers in the bowl

STEP 1

Start by adding the main foliage stems (ninebark and copper beech in this display) to create the backdrop for your flowers – use them to create the overall shape of the display and to cover up the base of the bowl to hide all your mechanics.

STEP 2

Then add your soft or secondary foliage (the coral bells here) and filler – I used some autumnal coloured hydrangea to create a ‘dome’ around the bowl to visually ‘anchor’ the display.

Flower frog to secure flowers inside the bowl

STEP 3

Next, add your focal flowers – I used very little in this display, just one sprig of Hydrangea arborescens ‘Sweet Annabelle’ and a ‘Lady of Shallot’ rose, as this arrangement is really about celebrating the beauty of autumnal foliage rather than the flowers.

STEP 4

To finish off, add any final flourishes – I added a wiry stem of scabious seed pod.

STYLING TIPS:

  • Make a thing of the natural movement of the stems and branches you are using – let them guide you.
  • Keep things loose and let the flowers breathe – don’t be tempted to keep everything in a tight dome. It’s ok to have stems that wiggle up and out, heading off in one direction all on their own – that’s all part of the look.
  • Displaying in a bowl like this makes a showcase out of the smallest flowers – I’ll often use up leftovers in this way. This is also a great way to decorate a table – as you can create lots of interest at a low level without obscuring people’s view of one another.
In Bloom by Clare Nolan book cover

Extract taken from In Bloom by Clare Nolan, published by Kyle Books, £26.

For more floral inspiration, learn how to arrange a bunch of flowers in your hand thanks to Clare.

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