succulent bouquets

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Succulent bouquets have blooms that need a stem attached.  For this one, I've used a wooden pick.

Along with a wire that pierced the underside, it is twisted down the wood pick to create a solid attachment so the succulent doesn't come apart or pop off the bouquet.

These hard blooms have a ethereal look that is totally unique to other flowers.

I then used green stem wrap to cover the wire twisted around the wooden pick as shown in this photo.

Cut off the excess with heavy wire cutters.

I inserted the wood pick in the center of the bouquet holder.  Framed against the naked seeded eucalyptus and the soft minty coolness of the Dusty Miller leaves, it is truly going to be a lovely mix of color and textures.

I created stems for the smaller succulent blooms and staggered them down under to focal flower in the middle.

I began adding in a little contrast with white bouvardia.

This dainty little flower is beautiful whether in bud stage or opened to it's full beauty.  To encourage opening, you need to give the sturdy stem a quick pop to shock the blooms to open.  Don't ask me why, this was passed on down to me years ago from a wholesale florist.

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