Gardenista editor Erin stopped by the prettiest stand at the Greenmarket recently and bought one of the expertly arranged bouquets made by the farmers at the Queens County Farm Museum.
Above: The Queens County Farm Museum sells at the Union Square Greenmarket every Friday. You can expect similarly beautiful arrangements to be available for the next few weeks before the bouquets will take on decidedly more autumnal hues.
Above: What makes a beautiful farm bouquet? In this case, a rainbow of color and nearly as many textures. Erin decided to take home a bouquet and perform something of a dissection to determine the secret to farm bouquet success.
Above: At home, she snipped the ends off my bouquet to refresh the stems and to encourage them to drink water.
Above: First up, the bouquet relied on a smattering of focal flowers—larger varieties meant to steal the show—namely sunflowers, zinnias, and dahlias. These flowers are brightly colored for attracting attention, but they also grow on long, straight stems which make them easy to arrange.
Above: Next up, and no less important than the showstoppers, were the filler flowers: goldenrod, celosia, gomphrena globosa, gomphrena fireworks, and cosmos greens. The feathery texture and range of colors in the goldenrod, celosia, and gomphrena make them perfect for adding a pop of visual intrigue without looking too heavy. A stem or two of the airy leaves of cosmos will bulk up the bouquet and provide support for the larger stems without weighing them down.
Above: Added together, the bouquet makers focused on creating volume by varying the heights of the stems. Stems with tinier flowers poke up from the top, while the heavier blooms were kept toward the bottom of the arrangement.
Does the gomphrena look familiar? That’s because it’s in the same family as this superfood.