Hand Picked: Gathering and Displaying June Flowers

Text by Karin Lidbeck Brent

Editorial stylist, craft guru, and lifestyle expert Karin Lidbeck Brent shares easy-to-create floral arrangements you can assemble from foraged flowers right now. 

Gathering flowers is a favorite pastime of mine. I remember as a child picking what was growing wild around the neighborhood and in the woods, and then proudly presenting my mother with untamed bouquets of my found treasures.

I am still that child today when it comes to flowers—gathering a sprig of this and a sprig of that to fill a pretty glass. I like my flowers to be carefree, casual and spontaneous like this bleeding heart mixed with a few cuttings of sweet woodruff, and yellow alyssum.

Photograph by Andre Baronowski created for Better Homes and Gardens Country Gardens magazine

Last week while styling a beautiful Vermont country farmhouse surrounded by overgrown fields, rolling hills, barns, and cows, I decided to explore what wild things were in bloom.

It didn’t take long to gather this wonderful bouquet of wild phlox and wild rambling rose which grows everywhere in New England during the month of June. I added some strawberries from the fridge on speared with sturdy floral wire was an afterthought, and a sweet embellishment.

Photograph by Karin Lidbeck Brent

Tiny arrangements are so easy and satisfying to create. Even the smallest of sprigs can become grand when arranged correctly. Here I snipped spring pansies that were hanging-on as the heat of summer approaches. They were so happy transferred to a cool vial of water.

Photograph by Andre Baronowski created for Better Homes and Gardens Country Gardens magazine

A solitary branch of blooms becomes larger-than-life in a small glass doorknob made into a miniature vase.

Photograph by Andre Baronowski created for Better Homes and Gardens Country Gardens magazine

A favorite example of styling with of just-picked June flowers is this photo I styled for New England Home magazine. I love highlighting individual flowers by keeping them in groupings of their own kind. Stems of allium, Salomon’s seal, a cana leaf and a group of peonies made a striking botanical collection against this dark modern painting.

Photograph by Jim Westphalen

When a grander scale is on your mind peonies will fit the bill. June is peony season and a large bunch of peonies tousled together are simply magnificent.

Photograph by Michael Partenio

Tiny or grand June is a beautiful time to gather whatever catches your eye and inspires. .

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