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weekend project | a standing bouquet of grasses

by dig the dirt editor

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A stroll through the garden or the countryside will likely yield a bunch of the pretty plumes that ornamental grasses produce at this time of year. Gather the subtle, feathery flowers after morning's dew has dried. Then follow the directions below to make a fresh, free-standing bouquet that will dry gradually and last for weeks.

 

 

A STANDING BOUQUET OF GRASSES

 

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time for project: 1 hour
kid-friendly: yes!
materials:

  • pruners or scissors
  • 12-inch length of jute or twine
  • fresh or dried blooms of these ornamental grasses:blue fescu, feather reed grass, Japanese silver grass, maiden grass, northern sea oats, quaking grass

 

forming the bouquet
STEP 1:

  • Gather a bunch of stems of one type of grass, cutting the stems at least 12 inches long. Add stems of other grasses to the bunch a few at a time, working your way around the outside of the bouquet. Try to work in as many different types of grasses as you desire, aiming for some balance of color and shapes.

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STEP 2:

  • After you've gathered enough stems to form a 2-inch-thick bunch, cut off the bottom of the stems (using very sharp scissors, pruners, or a knife), making the bottom of the bunch as flat and level as possible. Turning the bottom of the bouquet into a platform allows it to stand on its own.

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STEP 3:

  • Wrap the stems tightly with a 12-inch length of jute or twine. Wrap the twine around and around several times, tying the ends and securing them with a knot. Leave ends free or tuck them under the wrapped twine.

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STEP 4:

  • Stand the bouquet in place, tapping it firmly on your work surface to level the stems and balance the bouquet in a standing position. Pull stems out a bit to loosen up the bouquet and balance it, if necessary.

a gallery of grasses
Take a look at the grasses we gathered for our standing bouquet. You'll probably find a variety of other grasses to use for your bouquet.

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  • chasmanthium (northern sea oats)
  • calamagrostis (feather reed grass)
  • pennisetum (fountain grass 'hameln')
  • miscanthus (maiden 'siberfeder')
  • briza (quaking grass
  • pennisetum (fountain grass)

 

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Ornamental Grasses, weekend projects, making bouquets

comments

Beautiful!
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gardengirl commented on 10/15/10

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