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Edible Bouquets: Straight From Your Garden

By / Photography By Jennifer Rubenstein | May 14, 2018
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Garden ingredients can make the most beautiful summer arrangements. The Flower Boys at the Indianapolis City Market have outlined some simple do-it-yourself tips to create your own scrumptious bouquet for any occasion.

INGREDIENTS:

Think about color.

Do you want a monochromatic look?
Or a fun, colorful spread?
Create a palette before you start.

Pick out one large, central focus element: THRILLER
a green element: FILLER
and then three to four elements: SPILLER

Summer favorite flowers: dahlias, zinnias, hydrangeas, daisies, billy balls and sunflowers

Hearty produce: rainbow carrots, Brussels sprouts, radishes, root vegetables, asparagus and kale. Use veggies that are resilient and have a longer life span; avoid lettuce, tomatoes, squash and cucumbers.

Herbs: mint, sage, lavender, chamomile and bee balm. Include for scent and even protection from mosquitoes.

Vessel: Use a clear vase, glass or Ball jar— you want to see vegetables in the vase. You want something big enough to support the weight and the foam.

Pro Tip: You can also use a full head of cabbage as a vase by cutting out the middle and placing the foam inside the cabbage.

HOW TO:

Floral foam: Soak it in a combination of water and flower food before you insert anything. After soaking, trim foam to size and place it on the vase. From there, cut flowers at a 45° angle and puncture the foam with those stems.

Pro Tip: Tie carrots together at the top and to the foam to allow for the suspended look. Use clear dental floss, twine or sewing thread.

Pro Tip: Place asparagus stalks around the outside of a non-round vase and tie with a ribbon or twine to give your arrangement a more creative element.

THE FLOWER BOYS was created by Jake Rupp and Jake Smith to bring joy to the community by creating pieces that are unique, lovely and cost-effective. Located in Indianapolis City Market, we specialize in fresh cut flowers, DIY workshops and customizable weddings. Stop by our booth and let us help you make today beautiful! www.FlowerBoysIndy.com

Article from Edible Indy at http://edibleindy.ediblecommunities.com/things-do/edible-bouquets-straight-your-garden
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