Step 1 Strip the leaves off the stems of hydrangea foliage and also off the stems of hydrangea blooms. Always strip away the leaves that will sit below the water line and, if you wish, right up to their necks (just under the flower heads).
Step 2 Hold one hydrangea stem (called the base flower) in your left hand. To this add another hydrangea stem so it diagonally crosses the base flower. Basically, the flower head is positioned toward the top left of the base flower and the cut stem angles to the bottom right of the base flower’s cut stem. Rotate (or spiral) slightly as you work and add a stem of hydrangea foliage.
Step 3 Continue to rotate as you work, adding another 2 or 3 flower heads to the arrangement, interspersed with hydrangea foliage, if needed. When finished, check to see that you’ve achieved a round shape.
Step 4 Wrap doubled strands of twine around the stems twice at the binding point (just under the leaves) and knot to secure. Trim twine ends
STEP 5 Using the height of the pot as a guide and working with the florist’s scissors, trim the hydrangea stems at a 45-degree angle. Once cut, the stems should be roughly equal in length.
Step 6 Place the container with water in the pot. Add the conditioner to the water, then arrange the flowers. Finish pot with ribbon tied in a loose bow, if desired.
1. Instructions above are given for right-handed persons. If you are left-handed, hold the flowers in your right hand and add flowers with your left hand.
2. As you work, use your thumb and index finger to hold the stems at the binding point. This helps you obtain the correct rounded shape.
3. Work with an odd number of flower heads for best results.
4. The foliage helps to hold the flower heads in place. It also acts as filler when a flower head is smaller than others, and can be a break between different or same-coloured blooms.