Juan Carlo Bermudez grew up in Europe, where having flowers on tables is essentially mandatory. Though that’s not quite the case in the US, giving mom a beautiful bouquet is a must-do come Mother’s Day. To help you create a spring bouquet that will having her shedding at least one happy tear, I gave Bermudez, founder and head floral artist at fLorEsta in Long Island City, a ring.
Choose Your Flowers
When creating a bouquet, Bermudez always recommends going with seasonal flowers to get the best bargain. Luckily it’s spring, so your options are virtually limitless.
“I would suggest peonies. They’re very beautiful and in season all spring,” Bermudez said, adding that tulips, colorful hydrangeas and roses also make for pretty picks.
A word of warning about roses: though they’re always welcome, only gift red roses for romantic reasons. “Red roses are intense and the meaning is different. It [signifies] true love.” Think about pinks and whites, which are natural choices during springtime.
Pick a Dominant Color
“The biggest thing to consider is the primary color you want to use,” Bermudez suggested. “Select the dominant color in the arrangement. Then go with the color palette from there.” When looking at the Pantone color chart, find your dominant color choice and then go with colors side-by-side or compliment it with white.
For spring, Bermudez loves pastel colors and pinks. “Start with a strong pink like a hot pink or even a coral, then use some white flowers and green fillers.”
When Less is More
When deciding how many flowers to use, Bermudez’s rule of thumb is that if the flowers are bigger, use less. “It makes it cleaner and more elegant,” he said.
Forget the Ribbon
Tying a ribbon around a bouquet was en vogue a decade ago, but it’s not as popular anymore. “They don’t make the arrangement look clean and ribbons are the first thing that goes in the garbage when the bouquet comes home,” Bermudez said. He prefers to spend that extra money on flowers or a nicer vase.
“The last couple of years, the taste has been more natural-looking and organic,” Bermudez said.
He’s been using his kitchen cabinet as a muse lately, playing with herbs like rosemary and thyme, veggies like asparagus and has even added eucalyptus to delicate arrangements. Of course, at the end of the day, know your recipient. If Mom loves peonies and the color pink, that’ll make her smile more than something with fruits and veggies, but if she’s an “anything goes” type of lady it might be worth a try.