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How to Arrange Flowers in a Jug in a Relaxed Meadow Style

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Intro and Hello from Alex


    • 2.

      Your Flowers in a Jug Project


    • 3.

      Choosing Flowers and Colours


    • 4.

      Prepping Flowers to Last Longer


    • 5.

      Arranging Foliage First


    • 6.

      Flower Arranging in the Jug


    • 7.

      Finishing Up and Final Thoughts


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About This Class

In this flower workshop you’ll learn how to arrange flowers in a jug in a meadow style.

I’ll show you how to choose your flowers, ways to prepare your flowers so they last longer and how to arrange the foliage and flowers in the jug so they mimic a meadow look. This project is great if you’re arranging flowers as a hobby, creating wedding flowers, putting together flowers for a party or even if you want to relax and find a creative way to use your hands and bring nature into your home all at once.

Gain floral skills so next time you’re given flowers as a gift or pick some up from the shop, you’ll arrange them in water with confidence and you’ll also have the techniques to keep them lasting as long as possible.

Taking the time to prepare flowers and place them in an arrangement is an act of mindfulness which is a soothing remedy for our busy lives. In this post on my blog all about the benefits of flowers, I talk about how flowers are so rewarding when we have a go at arranging them. 

This is a beginner level class and I’ll take you through each of the flower arranging stages. If you do have any questions, you can contact me here on Instagram @WebbandFarrer or share your work in the project gallery. 

Throughout the class you’ll learn:

  • florist conditioning skills
  • how to choose your colour palette
  • what the best flower sizes are for the arrangement
  • flower names
  • flower arranging

You’ll then use all these skills to arrange the flowers in the jug to create a wild and meadowy feel.

In the flower workshop I’ll show you the ways to use different flower sizes to reflect a countryside meadow look.

This relaxed project is great if you love a natural and rustic look with your flowers. I also chose to use a jug as the vessel to hold the flowers because I feel like we’ve all got a jug in the kitchen cupboard that we use for Summer drinks.

Your finished jug design will look beautiful on the kitchen table, as a centre piece at a dinner party and adds a relaxed countryside look. Another way you can use the skills you’ll learn in the class is to arrange flowers in all sorts of vases and vessels you’ve got around your home. The same method applies to lots of other vases and vintage pots you might have in your cupboards or on display.

To get the most from this project, relax when you’re putting your design together and if your jug arrangement is more wild-look than you’d originally expected just pretend you wanted to go very rustic all along.

My name’s Alex and I'm the founder of Webb and FarrerI’ve been working with flowers for 7 years. My favourite parts of the job are creating wedding flowers and teaching workshops.

I started my career in flowers when I took a flower arranging class in London for fun and 7 years later I’m teaching my own workshops.

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Alex Barton

Florist and Flower Workshop Teacher


Hello, I’m Alex and I’m a florist in Brighton, England.

I’ve been working with flowers since 2014 but my passion for flowers started when I was small and made rose petal ‘perfume' in my family garden. My clients laugh when I can name all the flowers they show me pictures of, but knowing what they're all called is my version of knowing everyone's name in the office. Having worked in flower shops in London and Bristol, I’ve made floral arrangements for BBC TV and Wimbledon Tennis players.

The name Webb and Farrer came about because Webb is my Grandma Jean’s maiden name and Farrer is my Grandma Olive’s maiden name. I wanted to use their names so I’d have them with me all the time and to remind me... See full profile

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1. Intro and Hello from Alex: Hi, My name's Alex and I'm the founder of Webb and Farrer, I've been a florist for 7 years and my favourite part of my job is teaching flower workshops. I took a flower workshop myself seven years ago when I was starting out and I absolutely loved it. I started working with flowers from there and now here I am, teaching my own workshops. In this workshop I'm going to show you how to arrange meadow style flowers in a jug. You'll be learning florist skills along the way and I'm going to be taking you through step by step. This looks so nice on the kitchen table, is great as a centre piece for a dinner party and it's just a lovely way to bring the outdoors in. We're going to be creating a really beautiful countryside sort of look. And another way you can use these skills is by using lots of different vessels and vases and bottles that you've got around the house. The same theory applies to those two. This protect's great for you if you're arranging flowers as a hobby, if you're creating wedding flowers or even if you want to cut some flowers and foliage from your garden and arrange them for your kitchen table at home. This jug arrangement tutorial is also brilliant if you want to relax and find a creative way to use your hands and bring nature inside all at once. This is a beginner level class, and I'm going to take you through each of the stages. I'm here to guide you through step by step. We're going be learning florist conditioning skills, how to choose the different sizes of flowers were going to go for, what kind of colour palette you might decide to use, and you're also going to be learning some flower names. We'll then use all those skills to create a meadow look flower arrangement in your jug to enjoy home. 2. Your Flowers in a Jug Project: So today's class project is to follow along with the steps I show you and create your own meadow look flower arrangement in a jug. This project's great if you love the rustic, natural kind of look with your flowers. And I chose to go for a jug for the design because I feel like we've all got a jug at home in our kitchen cupboard that we use for Summer drinks. To get the most from this project: Relax when you're arranging your flowers, and if the whole thing turns out way more wild look than you already thought just pretend you decided to go with the rustic theme all along. I'm going to be showing you some florist techniques so that your flowers can last as long as possible. The reason that we follow all the conditioning steps and preparing steps is to make sure that our flowers look their absolute best. Before diving into the main lesson some helpful things that you could do are: fill up your clean jug with water I've gone to about 2/3 full here, and you can also make sure you've got all your flowers and foliage together with you. It's also really handy if you can get a sharp pair of scissors or secateurs. 3. Choosing Flowers and Colours: In this chapter, I'll show you what you'll need for the design. I'll also show you what kind of flowers to go for to create that meadow, fluffy, frothy look. We'll also be looking at the sizes of flowers that are going to give a really nice balance. And also we're going to think about what kind of colour palette we're going to go for. So when we walk across a meadow, the look we get is lovely fluffy cloud-like flowers with dashes and splashes of colour. So to mimic that look, we're going to go for four different groups of flowers. We've got focal flower, secondary flower, filler flowers and point flowers. And we're also going to be using foliage. So first, we're going to be creating a framework for the design using foliage. I've got small leafed foliage here just to break up the design and keep it really fluffy and textured rather than too solid and bulky. I got some beautiful sarcococca which has lovely, dark, small, glossy pointed leaves. And I've also got mock orange which is called mock orange because it smells lovely and fragrant, just like oranges. To add depth and texture throughout the design we're going to be using different sized flowers to bring our eyes into the design and also add really big lovely splashes of colour. I'm starting with focal flowers and the ones I've chosen are these amazing ranunculus. And I really love how they've opened up with a black centre and they almost look a bit like a poppy that you would find in a meadow. So going from our large focal flower, we're then gonna be going down into our secondary flower, which is a medium sized flower. I've got a few of these for this job and if I reach round I've got beautiful anemones, which are in all sorts of different pops of colour. And I've also got some really nice rose buds which will eventually open up to be a little bit bigger. Now we're gonna be going on to our pointed shape flowers. These are the flowers that really draw your eye in and out of your bouquet, I went like that, sorry, in and out of your bouquet. and for this I've chosen a variety of flowers. I've gone for lupins that literally point your eye outwards. I've also got some beautiful snapdragons which have their name because if you squeeze him, they open up like a dragon. And then I'm also gonna be using foxgloves. Now, foxgloves in particular are poisonous and some of the other flowers you're using might be too. So make sure you wash your hands and keep these out of reach of children and pets. And now onto probably the most important flowers for a meadow look arrangement. And those are the beautiful, fluffy filler flowers. I've got this really beautiful, white laced flower called orlaya, which gives a beautiful, fluffy meadowy cow parsley look. And then I've also gone for this really beautiful, fluffy love in a mist. These are actually in bud at the moment, but they're gonna open out to be a lovely, beautiful blue colour.. Then I've got these tiny alliums. I'll get them out for you. And they're a really lovely pink colour and they're actually part of the onion family. When it comes to choosing the colours of your meadow flowers, it's really handy to start with the base of white and green and then add your medium splash of color, and then you're smaller dashes of colour. So I've gone for pink as my medium dash of colour, and then the smaller colour that I'm going to be adding in are blues, purples and a little pop of red just to bring out the vibrancy of the pink. I've chosen to go for those colours, because I think they work really nicely with my white jug and it's Spring so these kind of flowers are available at the moment and I thought I'd go with the colour of the season. Another thing to do with choosing the colour is that if your jug has any kind of detail or design or pattern on it, and that's a certain colour, it's really nice to link your flowers through with that design. If you're thinking you might want to go for more of a bright, vibrant colour pop look with your meadow flowers, choose two or three particular colours and stick with those . They can even clash, that's totally fine, but it's easier just to choose 2 or 3 and then they work really well with that green and white base. So have a think about the kind of colours you'd love to include in your project. 4. Prepping Flowers to Last Longer: So now we've looked at, choosing our flowers, the size of flowers and the colour palette you wanna go for. We're now gonna condition our flowers, which basically means we're going to prepare the flowers for water so they're looking their ultimate best, and they're drinking up all the water that they can, and they last for as long as possible because that's important. So it's really important that as soon as you've brought your flowers home that you condition them. That means that the flowers can drink up lots of water, especially if they've been out of water whilst being in transit. So to start preparing and conditioning your flowers, you'll need clean glasses or vases of water. I've already conditioned some of these flowers that you can see in the vases, but I've got a few stems here that I'll show you how to condition yourself. So part of conditioning your flowers is taking off the leaves that are gonna be going below the water line, which is likely to be about here. The reason we do that is the leaves in the water make it go brown and murky, and that's not great for the flowers to drink up. So I'm gently plucking the leaves off by pulling downwards. - And also any funny little twiggy bits that are sticking out or broken off stems. Take those off too. When your stem is nice and clear and you've got rid of your leaves, we can then cut our stem at an angle. And put that straight into the water. So it's a fresh cut and the flower can drink up as much water, as quickly as possible. And the reason I cut at an angle is that if we cut straight, the flower stem would be flat against the vase and the water would find it really hard to get through. But if I cut at an angle, it opens up the space that the water can flow through. And that means that the flower can have lots more water. I'm gonna condition these amazing ranunculus which have opened up beautifully. I love the dark centre. Again, I'm taking off the leaves and the little stemming bits that I don't want to be on the flower. This stem branches off, I'm just gonna leave that how it is for now. I think that's really beautiful, the structure's really nice. and I'm gonna cut the stem at and angle and put that straight into the water. I'm gonna do the same with this ranunculus - just removing the leaves, lovely clear stem, and cutting that. And if you were gonna cut the stem and then leave it out of water, the end of the stem would dry up. And that would make it much more difficult for that flower to drink up the water. And then finally, I'm going to show you how I condition roses. These ones are particularly thorny and prickly at the bottom so you can use a thorn remover contraption. But I'm just going to show you how to do it with scissors because you're more likely to have these at home. So what you do is you look down the stem and choose where you want to remove those thorns and just gently cut those away because you really don't wanna hurt yourself on those on these ones, they're particularly small and spikey. And then I will take off some of these rose leaves. But I do find them really beautiful so I'm definitely keeping the ones at the top. Just gonna pluck off gently, pulling downwards. There we go and cutting at an angle again of course, and that's gonna go straight into the water to drink. A handy tip for you, if you really need your flowers to open up faster, taking off lots of the leaves from the stems of that flower will mean that the water focuses and concentrates up in that flower and won't be heading off in the direction of all the leaves. So for flowers, particularly like roses, you can take off more of those leaves and that encourages the water to flow up and open the flower. So I've shown you how to prepare and condition your flowers so they'll last as long as possible and be drinking up all that lovely fresh water and looking their absolute best in your jug arrangement. In the next chapter, we're gonna be arranging foliage in the jug, and it creates a natural structure for us to put all of our flowers into. In your project, have a go at conditioning and preparing the flowers that you've brought back home from the shop. or the florists. And remember to take off those leaves just below the water line so that the water doesn't go brown and mushy, and cut those stems at an angle. 5. Arranging Foliage First: Now I'm gonna show you how to add your foliage into your jug to create a natural framework for us to add the flowers to later. This is really handy, and it stops everything from moving around too much. So my foliage has been conditioned just like the flowers. I've removed the lower leaves and cut the stems at an angle and put those into this vase of water. So they're having a lovely drink. And really boosting themselves up. And I filled my water up to 2/3 and we're going to be good to go. So I'm gonna start with my sarcococca, and you could use something like ruscus, eucalyptus or lovely fresh herbs. Anything that's light and fluffy with smaller leaves is perfect for the meadow look. Some of my stems are absolutely huge and there's loads coming off one, as you can see. So I'm gonna be cutting this down into sections so we get lots from one stem. A really good deal. I'm going to start with this largest stem. Just gonna cut that off. And as I'm working I'm just still gonna be taking off a few of those leaves because they might be going into the water. This one's a bit long, so I'm gonna cut that down even more and as you're going you can have a play around. If you put a stem in and you think Oh, that's way too big. Take it out again, re-cut it, take off some of the leaves if you need to, and pop it back in. This is kind of a trial and error, see if it seems it fits into your vase. and again I'm gonna be cutting off another stem from the larger chunk. Removing some of those leaves. And that's gonna go in. So I'm just adding as I go and it will begin to take shape. The natural shape and angle of the leaves will really help me along and create beautiful lines and direction. And I'm working either side and at the front as well. The reason that I'm going for different angles with the foliage is that it's gonna draw our eye in and out of the design, and it just gives it a lot more interest and depth. I'm going to be including this larger piece in as one, because I think it's gonna be really handy for me later when I need lots of different places to slot through the flower stamps. I'll put that straight in the jug. And I'm gonna add these final three stems as they are. So I'll cut them. 1, 2, 3. and I'm gonna pop them in. And whilst you're arranging your flowers later, you can move your foliage around. This isn't the be all or end all. So now we're onto the mock orange. You could use something like blossom or beech, that would be really beautiful and countrysidey. So this piece is particularly large if I can wrestle that free. So what I'm gonna do is get two for one from this one. So I'm gonna cut this particularly long piece. It's probably going above and beyond. I'm gonna cut that off, right at the base here. And that's gonna go straight into the design. Already you can kind of tell when I put that stem in it's held up by everything else we've put in. And that's what we're going for with the foliage. It's a beautiful green backdrop for all the colours we're gonna add but it's also a very handy and helpful tool when we're flower arranging, Now the rest of this beautiful piece of mock orange. I'm just gonna cut the stem, keeping it a similar length to what it already is. Cutting at an angle I'm gonna place that in here because I would like it to drape outwards. What you can do with particularly wild foliage stems, is you can thread these down and through your design and push them around the other leaves that you've already got in there just to hold them in place a little bit more, and it also helps you angle them outwards, drawing your eye through and across the arrangement. I'm now gonna add in a few more off this beautiful, mock orange. Some of these stems are a little bit smaller and shorter. So what I'm gonna do is cut them at an angle and I'm gonna nestle these down and around the edge off the jug. this one's gonna go at the front And the reason I'm nestling it down is to make sure that the bottom of that stem gets in contact with the water that's in the jug because we don't want anything missing out on drinking water. I'm gonna carry on with these final stems. This has got a lovely, drapey piece on it, so I'm just gonna put that here to add an angle to the jug design. It's going to draw your eye out that way. This piece can go at the front and you can rearrange things when you put them in. If you're not happy with how it looks, just shuffle it around and you can take things out and put them back in again. Cut them down a bit if you feel like they're too long. I'm gonna nestle this short piece here in the side and there we go that's our foliage done. And we've made that really helpful and handy framework of foliage for when we're gonna be putting the flowers in next. And also what's happened is we've used those stems of leaves to create lines that we can now follow with our flowers later on. We're drawing the eye through, and across and in and out on. It just gives so much more interest and depth to this meadowy arrangement. So in your project at this stage, why not try adding your own foliage to create your lovely stable foundation of leaves. Next, we're gonna be doing flower arranging. Keep sharing your work on the project gallery because I love seeing how you get on. And if you have any questions, then just let me know 6. Flower Arranging in the Jug: So far we've conditioned our flowers and foliage. We've also arranged foliage in the jug. Now it's time to add the flowers in. We're gonna be starting with our focal flower. And that's our biggest flower. I've got ranunculus. You can see that here and I absolutely love them. These add really beautiful big splashes of colour into your design. So what I'm gonna do is cut the stem at an angle. You're going to get sick of me saying that! I am placing these in the arrangement quite sporadically. That means that the colour is scattered all the way through. I'm gonna be taking these flowers out one or two at a time, which means that they're gonna be drinking water continuously. What you probably want to avoid is taking all those flowers out, putting them on to the table because the delicate petals might be damaged whilst they lay on the top of the work surface. It also looks great if you can group a couple of these flowers together because that way you get even more impact with the colours and the shape. I'm gonna keep adding these into the design. I'm probably going to go for an odd number of them just because that always looks more natural on thinking I'm gonna go for seven, but we'll see how that looks. This one's got a beautiful angle which draws your eye outwards, then following on with that foliage. this one's got these beautiful buds on them. I cut this one off and I'm going to keep these two on, cut the stem, and that's gonna be put in here, and I'm threading it through the foliage we've already got in the design. Just wiggling that in, like so. This is quite short so I'm gonna put that down at the front of the design like that. that comes out there really nicely silhouetted against the pink of the other ranunculus. I think I'm gonna go for a couple more of these because it's a meadow design and we don't want to go for too much solid colour. Even though the flowers are in water I am re cutting the stem. This ranunculus is at the side but if I turn it, you can still see it because we want a front facing jug arrangement. But all the same, you might be moving around it so it's nice to have a few pieces of colour either side. And now I'm onto my final ranunculus I'm thinking I'm gonna cut this one quite short because it's gonna be going in the front of the jug design. I'm gonna nestle that in the front, right on the rim, of the jug so that brings your eye into the arrangement. So that's the focal flowers done and next up is our secondary flowers, which are the ones that are a medium to small sized. Before I start, I do want to just move this piece of foliage because you can't see this flower. There we go. And if you did want to make it an all round design, you could just pop a few flowers in at the back. But I'm creating a forward facing one. The secondary flowers really add footsteps of color throughout the design. So I'm just gonna scatter these through and kind of go for a wild and rustic look with them. We're going to start with the rose buds because these have got beautiful lines in them which are gonna just work really well the angles that we've already made. And I'm just nestling the flowers into the arrangement and finding little gaps and gently wiggling the stems in. That one's going to come down at the front. And this is quite a nice long one. Lots of angles on it. So I'm gonna put that one in here. Got one last rose that I forgot about gonna cut that stem. I'm thinking this one should go in front because it's quite short. What you can also do is just lift up some of your flowers to give some space. And I'm gonna nestle this one down at the front of the design, really wiggle that one in. I'm gonna have a look at the arrangement, See if there are any gaps where I can add the rest of the secondary flowers and these are those and anemones I talked about earlier. I can see there a couple of places where these will look really great. I'm definitely gonna add this one, it's opened up so beautifully, just gonna cut at an angle. And I'm not cutting off too much stem because I don't want to reduce the length. Nestle this one up in here. And I'm definitely also gonna add some of these pops of colour, this red one in particular. It's quite short. So it is gonna go down at the front in here. And what I'm doing is when it starts to get more full, I'm pushing from the base of the stem. That's cute. And a couple of the blue ones will work really nicely as well. And I'm gonna group these together on this side. My final anemone. I think I might leave those, but I can always put those in little bottles or in something around the house so they won't go to waste. It's time for pointed flowers. What I'm gonna be doing is just emphasising some of the lines I've already made with the foliage. So we got this very beautiful lupin, which is a lovely purple colour. I'm going to put that on this side, wiggle that in. This reflects the colour of that anenome. So we've got a journey through the arrangement from this side to that side. I really love the way that the colours are reflected through the design. I'm gonna put this lupin over on this side because it is a bit higher. It's pointing upwards -ish. and that's joined in with its colour friends, which is beautiful. Time for foxgloves. I'm thinking I'm going to go in here. Because we've gone wild meadow look honestly, you can go wild with your arranging. You don't have to be too strict on yourself. You can just make it as fun as you like. And remember, Just stay relaxed when you're arranging. I'm popping this one in the back because we want to bring the eye right , through the design. Just add a bit of interest and intrigue. And time for this snapdragon, which is a lovely pink colour. Going to join that up with this other foxglove so we've got two points coming up together. Just giving that shape, a bit more strength. And my final snapdragon. I'm gonna have a look at the arrangement. And I'm thinking I'm going to go over here just to bring even more of an angle, if you can see me through the foul flowers and foliage, over here. and there we go. We've added a bit more movement and texture with those pointed flowers, And now we're going to be doing filler flowers, which is just gonna be topping up this arrangement and filling those gaps. and bringing in that really meadowy feel into our arrangement. I've got love in a mist here which literally is very misting and frothy. Gonna cut these both at the same time, because they're so thin anyway, that's fine. I'm gonna put this one. here. Fluffy bit at the edge. and this one on this side, like that. And it's got a nice, fluffy silhouette which really captures the light. And I'm gonna pop a few of these alliums in because I just think they're so cute. Such a lovely colour. Cutting the stem at an angle. You know the drill. I'm just wiggling these into any gaps that I find just to break up the design even more and make it particularly fluffy and meadowy. The way I'm feeding these in, because they've got quite a thin stem, is I hold them at the base like a dart and then point it exactly what I want to put it, and then gently wiggle and feed it into the arrangement. a few centimetres at a time and that makes sure that that lovely, beautiful thin stem doesn't snap. Gonna add a couple more of these in. I might put another one just where I've been just to increase that fluffy look down here in this corner, Adding a few more in. Because they're quite short I'm not putting them too high up in the back. This one's a little bit longer so I might put him in here, literally in the centre. Just push that down. We're gonna be doing these beautiful white laced flowers. This has got a lovely length to it so I'm gonna be putting this at the back cause it's gonna stand tall over the design, I'm gonna add a few more because they're so meadowy Just like that cow parsley I mentioned earlier. This one's a little bit floppy so I'm going to cut that piece off and just use this lovely sturdy one. Putting them through the design just to bring that extra light into the arrangement, The white flowers really lift an arrangement and bring so much light into it. This one's gonna be nestled in here. and have a little look, just keep stepping back and having a look at your arrangement to see if there are any gaps anywhere you think your fluffy flowers would fit in beautifully. Gonna put one here at the edge at the spout of the jug, I think I'm just gonna add one more to finish off the arrangement. There we go, and that's the meadow jug all finished. So the final part of your project is to arrange your flowers into your design, using your larger focal flowers, then your medium to small secondary flowers, then adding lines through the pointed flowers and finally, filling it up into a real meadowy look with your fluffy filler flowers. Next up, we're gonna be taking a final look at everything we've done so far. 7. Finishing Up and Final Thoughts: In this project, I've shown you how to arrange meadow style flowers in a jug. We've explored what kind of flowers to choose and the sizes to go for, the kind of colour palettes you might decide to use. I've also shown you florist techniques of how to condition your flowers so they last as long as possible and they look their absolute best. I've also shown you how to arrange the foliage in the jug to create a really helpful framework And then we've added in all the different sized flowers to give so much texture and interest into the design. Something you can do to make your flowers last even longer is to change the water every couple of days and recut the stems if you can. I would love to see your final finished jugs of flowers. You can share your photos in the project gallery and let me know how you got on.