[Music]>>Stephen: I’m now going to make a simple
hand-tied bunch. One, a lot of these bunches feature in our
new book, Simple Flower Arranging. I’m not actually going to actually replicate
one of those arrangements. I’m going to do something slightly different
and something that might be nice for you to try at home, to give to your mother for Mother’s
Day, for instance, or it could be a pretty little wedding bunch. So, I’ve got my flowers laid out here. Roses, spray roses, hypericum and astrantia. A nice selection of flowers and Mark’s just
conditioning some alchemilla for me, which is beautiful, fine, lime-green foliage, which
will bring the whole thing to life. So I’m going to start I’m going to take some of the smaller flowers
off this spray. And always remember, at home, don’t throw
these away because you can just collect all these together and make yourself a little
bedside posy or something. Just don’t throw things away. It’s always good to keep things, and actually
easier to cut them. So I’m just cutting a few of these off. So we’ve just got that lovely top there. [Cutting flowers]>>Stephen: And the strand here, I’m just
gonna>>Mark: Do you want me to do some of those? I’ll trim those. Do you want it in half like that so you’ve
got two bits?>>Stephen: You can do a few like that. Yes, as Mark’s just done you can actually
divide the stem. Have a look at the stem and first divide it,
and then we’ve gone two pieces rather than just stripping off that little lower one. We’ve wasted that; we’ve got that. So we’ll do some with and some without. Yep, because I’ll need some tall some short. I’m going to actually take one tall piece,
and just. Now, before you start, you need to think about
the binding point. This is, the binding point, is where we hold
the bunch to make it. The higher the binder point, the tighter and
smaller the arrangement is going to be. The lower the binding point, you’ll get a
much bigger bunch. So, I’ve just got those three flowers together
there, and I’m going to put one of the bigger flowers in, which is a rose of course. It’s a lovely rose. Just going to pop it in there. And notice already, where I am holding, you
are beginning to see angles. It’s no good just grabbing the bunch and
putting the stems straight up and down. You need to angle every stem so we’re going
to get this lovely dome shape.>>Mark: So you can see that the style is
really starting to show now.>>Stephen: So there we go. And the other thing is, below the binding
point, never any foliage (that’s leaves) because they will poison the water.>>Mark: They rot.>>Stephen: Yes, they rot, and they poison
the water. So just make sure that these are completely
clean. You can trim them afterwards, but just keep
an eye on it. Now as you can see, we’re building up a lovely
pattern there.>>Mark: Quite nice, if you are new to flower
arranging, to have a mirror in front of you. The mirrors are there so that you can hold
the bunch in front of you and look into the mirror, and get a real perspective and proper
view of how the flowers are balancing out.>>Stephen: Yeah.>>Mark: Because obviously your hands aren’t
quite long enough to sort of get a proper view.>>Stephen: That’s as far as you can see,
whereas if you hold it like this, and you look in the mirror, you get that lovely distance. So I’ve actually got them in my hands now,
rather than just with two fingers, because it’s obviously getting quite heavy and i don’t
want to drop it But it’s quite hard, isn’t it, sort of.>>Mark: Yes.>>Stephen: You get used to it. I’m not gripping them, I can feel them sitting
in my hand.>>Mark: Sort of>>Stephen: Give them all a quick trim like
this. So I’m going to start putting some of this
lovely alchemilla in, which Mark>>Mark: Prepared beautifully>>Stephen: Prepared beautifully So there we are. Just put a bit of that round.>>Mark: I like the berries.>>Stephen: So if things fall down, because
invariably things will fall down, because I’m not gripping the bunch, you just need
to carefully, fingers either side of the rose, remember we’re not, and just pull them up
again. Remember that this is the most expensive flower
in the bunch, so you want the roses to sing, you don’t want them recessed down in the bunch,
you want them brought up. Sort of showing, like so. So I’m going to put a few more of those in. And as you see, the other thing is, I’m actually
turning the bunch as I’m going. So you don’t need to add like this, you actually
can turn it and add.>>Mark: You need to tie the bouquet off with
something, and we just use plain old garden string.>>Stephen: So string, again, where you’ve
been holding the binding point. You need to get as close to the binding point
as possible. So, without tying your hand to the bunch,
round a couple of times, and string’s good because it sort of holds itself, it doesn’t
slip, whereas raffia can slip.>>Mark: Put it sideways.>>Stephen: So if you want to just turn it,
yeah. So there we go, a simple knot, nothing fancy
at all, there. Snip that off. And then we need to trim it. [Cutting]>>Stephen: All the same length. A pretty little bouquet to send to your mother
on Mother’s Day, or, as I say, a lovely bridal bunch. Even for a bridesmaid, maybe the bride, a
sort of mass of these roses, something pretty for the bridesmaid, tied with a little pink
ribbon.>>Mark: So, there you go.>>Stephen: So, enjoy having a go! [Music]