A Hand-Tied Bouquet Demo has been uploaded to my YouTube channel today! I’m so thrilled to feature this extra special video, where you’ll learn how to make this beautiful autumn hand-tied bouquet above.
Michaela Bunting from Planting with Michaela demonstrates how to create this seasonal flower arrangement. She talks you through the different types of flowers and foliage to use. Then she goes into detail about how to make your bouquet using spiral and threading techniques, together with how to gift wrap your finished design!
Simply head over to my YouTube Channel, The Floristry Show, to learn how to master this essential floristry technique.
How would you describe yourself?
I’m a self-taught amateur “farmer florist” which means I grow all the stems sold in my floristry business (or occasionally source extra stems from other local farms). I grow seasonally, using organic regenerative principles and my flowers are packaged in 100% home compostable materials. My business was a retail-only local bouquet delivery company in Woking, Surrey.
Where did you learn how to grow and arrange flowers?
I would describe myself as fully self-taught in terms of floristry (and have a lot yet to learn!) I’m mostly self-taught in terms of growing as well. I‘ve done the Floret course to help me turn my gardening knowledge into “at scale” cut flower growing knowledge.
Whilst I was doing my Master’s degree online, I practised one season growing a cutting garden on my allotment. From the garden, I grew and donated 10-15 bouquets a week to a local care home all season. I used that year to practise growing successionally and seasonally to see if I would be able to start and run a flower farm on my own once I finished university. I graduated on Sept 1st and started the farm on the same day.
How many years have you run your flower farm and where is it?
I’ve only run the flower farm for one year. I started the lease in Sept 2021 and sold my first flowers in April this year. The farm is in Woking, Surrey. However, my business and farm have been sold to a new owner and will be rebranded to “Hook Heath Flowers” when the new owner restarts next spring. So technically the business doesn’t exist anymore.
I understand you’re moving to Brisbane, Australia next month. Where and when are you setting up your new farm?
As soon as possible. It takes a few months to get the infrastructure in place and to have the volume of flowers needed for a floristry business. But I hope to start growing straight away. I’m currently writing the business and planting plans so that I’m ready to go once I am there.
What types of videos do you create on Your YouTube channel?
I’ve documented the entire process of building, growing, harvesting and arranging the flowers for “English Flowers by Michaela”. And the whole journey is available in a playlist on my YouTube channel. I’ve shared a mixture of the practical process, growing tutorials, and also how I’ve harvested and arranged my orders.
For the next farm, I’ll do the same, so people can follow along in real-time to see how and what it takes to build a flower farm. I’ll share the growing and arranging of flowers as well, but also more about my personal garden too (like growing vegetables). Basically, it’s a garden and flower community-oriented channel, where you can come along and grow my garden and flower farm with me.
Thank you so much to Michaela for all her help in creating the video and compiling this blog post! Simply head over to my YouTube Channel to follow her step-by-step demo of how to make this gorgeous hand-tied bouquet.
(Images: Michaela Bunting)