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DIY White Party Flower Arrangement

Hello and happy Monday everyone! My garden is in full bloom and also all of the meadows. Everywhere I go, there are flowers growing - foraging made easy! As a flower lover there is no way I could skip an arrangement with roses and peonies. Inspired by the outdoors, I wanted to create a fresh arrangement, and add flowers that represent my surroundings this time of the year. My friend is hosting a summer "white" party and this white bouquet is my contribution to her party! White flowers are the perfect gift for a summer white party from my point of view. If you are hosting one, you can make smaller arrangements and place them down the center of an old wooden table. Wouldn't that be gorgeous? Benko1

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White roses are one of my favorite flowers of all time - they are elegant and light up every arrangement. They look good if they are in a vase alone and they look gorgeous in a bouquet with other flowers. I am so happy it is June and I can chose from all the different varieties! For my arrangement for you today, I collected gorgeous white roses, added white peonies and went foraging in the meadow to achieve the airy look that I was going for.

Flowers used for the arrangement:

* white roses * white peonies * wild chervil * yarrow * bedstraw

Because the arrangement contained wild foraged flowers I decided to go for a more formal look and made the arrangement round and simple. I learned that cold weather gives some roses a slight touch of pink, some nights are still pretty cold where I live, this is why I also picked white yarrow that was slightly turning into pink. After I cut all flowers to one length, I arranged the bouquet in my hands, turning the slowly growing bouquet, adding the flowers one after another.

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Having them in my hands instead of a vase helped me to ensure that the bouquet was not getting too big. The roses and peonies added enough white to the arrangement, so I tried to break it up a little with yarrow, wild chervil and bedstraw.

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After the bouquet was finished, I cut the stems to one final length, tied it all up and placed into my vase. Here is the finished arrangement below. This could be a beautiful wedding floral bouquet too, couldn't it? Or on the table at a reception?

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The roses and the peonies are so soft, feminine and fragrant while the wild flowers looked like white lace. All in all a perfect combination for a summer white party.

This is my final column on cattledogs, I've enjoyed so much being here and sharing my floral ideas with all of you. Have a wonderful summer and make sure to keep up with me over on my  and on , I'd love that. All the best, .

(Photos, styling, text: Anastasia Benk0)

How To Make a Cherry Blossom Bouquet

I am so excited to share this arrangement with you because slowly flowers are starting to bloom here and spring is slowly coming! I am working already on the flower bed in my garden which is the reason why I'm so excited for warmer months... But I will stop indulging right here as we have the VERY BEST that spring has to offer for you today: cherry blossoms! Anastasia Benko for cattledogs

Flower bouquets are the perfect finishing touch of any interior setting, don’t you think? Of course I can drop by the local florist and buy the most beautiful arrangement - but I find it more rewarding to make one of my own. It adds personal touch to interiors, just like I did with a personal favorite image that I took in Paris of a merry-go-round as you'll see below. I love adding personal touches to my home, don't you? And with flowers, you are the artist!

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I will show you how you can make the most beautiful bouquets on your own! At my local florist I found the most beautiful branches of cherry blossoms and I instantly knew that I wanted to create a floral arrangement around these beauties! Along with the cherry blossom branches, I've added single-flower bunches:

* Pale orange french tulips * Fringy pink tulips * Bright yellow tulips * Pink ranunculus * Chamomile

As you can see, I picked similar pink colors to match the cherry blossoms, adding a few yellow and white touches to the arrangement. To get an interesting look, I wanted at least 3 different kinds of flowers that vary in texture, form and color because I knew this would support the depth of the arrangement that I envisioned.

In the very beginning I prepared a vase with water because I knew it would be a large-scale arrangement and I couldn’t arrange it in my hands alone. Before I started working on the arrangement I trimmed all the stems on an angle with a sharp knife and washed the stems. Then I was ready to go!

To me, there is no secret formula of how to arrange the flowers, just place them where they look best to you! I knew that I wanted the cherry blossoms to be the superstars of this floral arrangement so I added them in at the end. Also because they are so delicate, it was better to add them in the end to avoid losing too many petals.

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Using all the flowers I had, I needed to create a full body first, starting with the tulips, then I moved on to add more and more flowers. While I was working on the colorful base, I had in mind that one side of the arrangement will face the wall, so I put the cutest faces in the front. Think about where your arrangement will be placed once it’s finished, so it can shine from all sides or in this case, from only 3 sides. Also, I made sure that the colors of the additional flowers were in a random order so that they could correspond better and so they'd stand out.

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Anastasia Benko for cattledogs

Finally, I added the cherry blossom branches and went all the way! They stick out of all sides of the arrangement and to me it doesn't get any Spring-y-er (Is this a word??!) that that. I hope you love this floral composition as much as I do - cherry blossoms make my heart skip a beat!

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I couldn’t help it to make a wreath out of the leftovers... why not, right? This wreath could go on a door or door knob, a cabinet handle or simply on the wall on a simple nail.

See you soon on May 16 with another flower column -

(Photography, Text, Styling: Anastasia Benko. Editor: Holly Becker)

DIY: Wreaths With Eucalyptus and Ruscus-Leafed Bamboo
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Hello dear cattledogs readers! My name is and I am a stylist, artist and vintage shop owner based in Germany. Holly’s blog has always been a constant source of inspiration to me and I am honored to be part of the amazing team of cattledogs now! In my monthly flower column for cattledogs I will create seasonally appropriate floral arrangements that will hopefully inspire you to bring the outdoors into your home too! DIY wreaths

Before I share my first arrangement with you, I’d like to tell you a little more about my philosophy. For my arrangements I love to use what my surroundings offer. For me, a house doesn't feel like a home without flowers and plants! This is also the reason why you always find natural elements in my home, I never come home empty handed from my walks in the nearby forest. I love to challenge myself and try to stick to the changing seasons to reflect the nature of the season. Of course there are occasions where only a lush flower arrangement makes sense but I also think that branches can make a huge impression and almost look like beautifully arranged sculptures.

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After several years of working with flowers and plants I realized that no matter what time of the year, I am always drawn to wreaths. Wreaths have the most perfect form for me, a circle that is connecting one end with another - it’s beautiful but yet complex. This time I wanted to make 2 super-sized wings out of eucalyptus that can be arranged in two different ways: an open half wreath and a more wreath-like, round installation. These are my mood boards I created for the stylings:

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Next, my two wreaths...

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We are in the middle of a gloomy winter here in Germany and instead of going for an arrangement with a lot of flowers that will fade in a week’s time, I decided to go with a huge wreath that can stay up on the wall for a few weeks. As I can’t change the weather, at least I wanted to change the mood in my studio and I knew, I wanted to go for a fresh look with lots of juicy greens as they add an airy / lively look to every home.

Once you notice it’s not too difficult to make these stunners, you will enjoy them for weeks as you can hang them just like that to freshen up your interiors, use it for a winter wedding backdrop or decorate for a winterly inspired birthday party!

Now, I will show you two different ways to style the wreath and I promise the DIY steps won’t be too difficult! So you can go ahead and try to make this wreath for your home too! The foliage used here looks amazing once it has dried so I went for a lot of eucalyptus and ruscus-leafed bamboo.

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Because I didn’t use a lot of ingredients, I decided to work with scale to create a grand effect!

  1. To give the wreath wings a proper form, I attached the branches little by little to huge semi-circle branches.
  2. In the beginning I made sure to stay close to the circle form of the solid branch that made the basis.
  3. I used thin floral wire to attach the branches to one another.
  4. I cut the wire in small pieces because I didn’t want to get too tangled up.
  5. Once you have made the circle form of the wreath wing, you are allowed to get a little messy here: you can attach the branches pointing in every possible direction!
  6. Add some flowers or anything you fancy, for instance in the first wreath I've added some seasonal flowers like Dusty Miller, White Cyclamen and Chamelaucium (wax flower).
  7. When finished, I fixed them to the wall with transparent fishing wire.
  8. Note: If you are planning on having these wreaths up for a few days or weeks, you can also attach paper flowers to the wreath.

Kicking perfection to the curb is key here, as this disarrangement will add lots of interesting structure to your wreath! Seriously, don't work too tidy and you will get a breathtakingly beautiful result!

I hope you liked my wintery arrangement and are inspired to make one yourself! I will see you in a month and please don't hesitate to drop a comment on your future flower arrangement wishes.To celebrate the beauty of wreaths I even started a challenge called #wreathofthemonth on Instagram. Please share your wreathstacular pieces in the comments section below with a link OR on IG adding #wreathofthemonth #decoratewithflowers.

If you have any questions about these wreaths, please comment so I can answer them. See you on March 21 (Holly's Birthday!) with another flower idea for you! - 

(Photography, Styling, Text: Anastasia Benko)