“For the how-to arrangement I wanted to explore colors that one might not necessarily consider using together. Texture helps bring the palette together along with the green elements.” — Kirk Whitfield of K & Co Flowers
Find Kirk’s step-by-step tutorial for the arrangement above at the end of this post.
The Floral Designs
- Variegated sweet peas
Kirk Whitfield’s Floral Tutorial
How-To Materials List
- ‘Butterfly’ double ranunculus
- Asclepia (milkweed)
- Lysimachia (gooseneck loosestrife)
Make a grid on the top of the container using clear tape, which is easier to hide than green florist tape. Then add a line of tape around the top edge to make it more secure, and add water.
Strip the bottom leaves from the ‘Butterfly’ ranunculus, and fill the arrangement with the stems, creating a base with their foliage.
Trim the peonies and place them throughout the whole arrangement. I used about 20 stems.
I love the baby-blue shade of tweedia with its touch of pink that plays well with the peonies. Place 10 stems throughout the container.
Now for the final touches. I added asclepia (milkweed) for texture and to help bridge the colors.
Then I finished with some lysimachia (gooseneck loosestrife) for their shape and “pokey” quality.
Produced by Alice Welsh Doyle | Photography by Laurey Glenn | Floral design by Kirk Whitfield of K & Co Flowers kandcoflowers.com