All the flowers and foliage I have used were collected from the gardens at Another Place in early May. Up here in Cumbria our gardens are a few weeks behind the South, so things may be further out if you are in a different part of the country.
When using garden or foraged flowers there is new growth on the stems at the moment. So before you use them they’ll need ‘conditioning’ – this means removing leaves and flowers from the lower half of the stem and leaving them in cold water (around 1/3rd bucket full) in a cool place for at least a few hours. When they’ve had a good drink recut the stems (sharp scissors or secateurs) at an angle and they are ready to use.
I have done three designs that you can have a go at yourselves, with items you may have at home – or might find nearby.