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The Secret Behind Beautiful Farmers’ Market Bouquets

The Secret Behind Beautiful Farmers’ Market Bouquets
Labor Day might signify the unofficial end of summer for us humans, but our many-petaled friends know better than to think we’ve entered fall just yet. In New York, September means farmers’ markets full to bursting with dahlias, zinnias, and sunflowers—not to mention a slew of tinier cutting flowers. Wearing riotous shades of fuchsia, magenta, green, and gold, September’s farm flowers are not for the color shy.

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.

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Gardenista is a one-stop sourcebook for cultivated living, a guide to outdoor design and gardening. Helmed by former New York Times columnist Michelle Slatalla, Gardenista features inspiration, garden visits, and advice for all things outdoor living, from patios and peonies, to tables and terraces. Gardens matter, and Gardenista celebrates tomatoes on the fire escape as much as rolling acres of green.

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4:26AM PDT on Oct 2, 2013

Thanks

11:14AM PDT on Sep 30, 2013

Love it . So pretty!

12:37PM PDT on Sep 24, 2013

ty

6:59PM PDT on Sep 19, 2013

very pretty--ty

11:37AM PDT on Sep 18, 2013

so pretty

6:39PM PDT on Sep 15, 2013

Simply beautiful

6:35PM PDT on Sep 15, 2013

Very pretty. Thank you for sharing..

2:29PM PDT on Sep 15, 2013

Pretty.

12:34PM PDT on Sep 15, 2013

Thanks...do love farmers' markets this time of year especially. I love sunflowers but gave up trying to grow them as the deer love them.

8:51PM PDT on Sep 14, 2013

Interesting. Thanks.

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