How to Make a Wildflower Wreath

January 26, 2017
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How to Make a Wildflower Wreath
Image and how-to, courtesy of Connect with Nature by Anna Carlile.

Wildflowers are flowers that grow in the wild – and they’ve always been that way. They have not been intentionally seeded or planted, but perhaps carried as seeds by the wind, or a bird, then nurtured into full, glorious flowers by the right combination of sun and rain.

The term ‘wildflower’ can refer to a flowering plant as a whole – not just the flower, and even when it’s not in bloom. Many countries have elected a native wildflower as their national flower – a national flag of the plant world, if you will. England’s is the rose, Hungary’s is the tulip, Mexico’s is the dahlia, and Scotland’s is the thistle. And while the non-native rose is the floral emblem of the United States as a whole, each state has its own "state flower", often native, like Connecticut’s mountain laurel, Arizona’s saguaro cactus blossom, and Colorado’s Rocky Mountain columbine. 

Wildflower wreaths can be placed in the centre of dining tables, hung from windows and doors, or even worn as crowns. They also make great seasonal gifts for nature-loving friends.

What you need to create yours: Wildflowers, scissors, and raffia or twine.

Gathering Your Wildflowers

Wildflowers grow where nature is allowed to have its way: in parks, on grass verges, alongside rivers, up hills and mountains. Note: It's not always legal to pick wildflowers, so make sure to check local regulations.

Look for flower stems that are flexible and bendy, and bear in mind flowers that drop a lot of pollen are going to continue to do that once you’ve woven them into a wreath. Take care to pick just the flower, not the roots and to leave some flowers on each plant cluster for pollinators like bees to visit, so that the plant survives to flower in future seasons.

Making Your Wreath

Begin by cutting or gently breaking the stems of the flowers until they are much the same length.

Take two flowers. Loop the first stem around the second stem. Gently pinch the bottoms of both stems together and pull them down, to tighten the bind. Then take another flower, place it half way down the looped stems you’ve already made, loop it around and tighten it. Carry on in this way, slowly but surely wrapping and weaving flowers and stems together, until you have a braided length that is long enough for your purpose.

To close your wreath, wrap (or braid) the two ends together until it holds its form. You can also wrap a piece of vine, ivy, raffia or twine around the whole wreath to make it more secure.

Keeping It Fresh

How long your wreath remains fresh will depend on the type of flowers you use; most last a day or two. You can help by spraying the wreath with water, and hanging it upside down so the flower heads face down overnight.

 

Article from Edible Communities at http://www.ediblecommunities.com/home-garden/how-make-wildflower-wreath
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