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Have any of you horticulturally / crafty types any ideas regarding buttonholes. Of the wedding kind.
E's bro gets hitched, again, on Sunday (for those kind enough to show an interest when I pleaded in the forums, he's doing a Shakespeare Sonnet (though someone else is doing Withy's Indian one) - he has a lovely voice, sigh, but got shy at doing some of the longer ones mentioned. Meanwhile, I'm lumbered with dredging up my Radio Drama (R4) days and "teaching" him in a way fit to test our own matrimonials, Confused) and. New sentence needed. And we need to rustle up buttonholes. I could go to the florist but a) I'm mean (three lots are bound to come to £15 aren't they, the boys and E - I'm free, natch) and b) won't it be the tinest bit dull??? The only roses still doing the rounds here are some unreliable David Austins - the type to drop their petals the minute they're called upon to be useful - and some fragrant-free but well-behaved flower carpets in a butch bright pink. Luckily my sons and husband were chosen for butch-free properties (which is why I don't do firemen ....). But, what do I do with said rose when picked - shove with ivy (small i, not proposing slicing and dicing Ivy from Germany) or what? wrap in foil? how to keep decorous but alive??
Thanks chaps.
Shortness of time - wedding this weekend - forces my third Embarassed post of the day rather than stuffing this in forums where I know some don't venture. Any help gratefully slavered over.

Posted at 4th Dec 2008 - 07:11PM   Posted by Milla   Buttonholes Comments: 17

Not an expert at all Milla but buttonholes are often wrapped in foil that has water-drenched cotton wool underneath to keep the roses fresh. Is holly (highly seasonal!) too spikey and not flowery enough?

Posted by: Blogthatmama on 4th Dec 2008 at 07:24PM

Whoops, I mean spikyEmbarassed

Posted by: Blogthatmama on 4th Dec 2008 at 07:28PM

Bayou's Avatar Milla, if you have some floral wire, then best would be to pick a bit of wire into the green head of the rose (just underneath the petals) and then you tie the wire round the stem. Even after hours the rose will still be upright. Dip some soft cotton in water and put it round the freshly cut stem. wrap round with aluminium foil or - even better floral tape to keep it all together and moist inside. If you have tape, then you can even tie a small safety needle which can easily be attached to the buttonhole. I hope you understand my &é"'(§è!çà instructions Rolling Eyes P.S. To make the ivy leave shiny, spray a little bit of hair spray on it.

Posted by: Bayou on 4th Dec 2008 at 07:44PM

Pipany's Avatar Putting on my florist hat here after many (many,many,many...) years Milla to say that Bayou is right about the wire. You can buy it from any florist and it is called Rose Wire (!) at least the grade you need is thus called. Snip smallish lengths and bend double to create an even ended hair pin which you then gently push into the base of the petals. It shouldn't show, but will hold them as closed as you want. Insert a straight length of same grade wire into the head of rose having already cut off stem only leaving a short bit (about eighth inch). Next choose your foliage - ivy or fern is trad but use whatever you like the look of (same with flowers- doesn't have to be roses) and use longer length of silver florist wire (thinner grade) to form a .... oh golly I am not very good at explaining this. Easier to show you! It isn't at all difficult honest!!! But NO FOIL!!!!! Sensibilities much offended (and sorry if offending those who suggested) by glinting of silvery stuff. You need proper tape which is green and also available from florists. Could always post pics tomorrow showing how if you like Confused

Posted by: Pipany on 4th Dec 2008 at 07:55PM

Pipany's Avatar Or could just continue with garbled nonsense here ....
so, Silver wire - fold top over to form a hairpin with one shorter bit bending into a long length (?). Place the bent part at back of foliage and bring two ends to the front and twist shorter one around longer one to secure the foliage to wire. Place however many of these foliage 'stems' against the rose and wrap all the wire stems as one stem with the green tape (called a variety of names which have forgotten names of!). It is stretchy and should be gently pulled as wrapping to make a thin green cover over the wires, taking n some of the sepals at the head of the flower.

Now you know why I don't do tutorials - could have made them , wrapped them and posted them quicker than this! Let me know if I can help Milla

Posted by: Pipany on 4th Dec 2008 at 08:02PM

Unpeuloufoque's Avatar Here as its a winter wedding why not go for a button whole made out of Erica ie heather, the stuff here is a very good rich portwine red colour you coudl buy a pot from a florist or supermarket and cut soem stems off wrap bottom in kitchen towel and silver foil and bobs your uncle or whatever. I was going to post you a pickie of erica but google only came up with naked sex bombs and the odd scraggy plant on images.. if you havent got buttonholes on your clothing you could wrap the silver foil in a natty bit of fabric so it doesnt look so naff.

Posted by: Unpeuloufoque on 4th Dec 2008 at 08:03PM

Bayou's Avatar M'enfin Unpeuloufoque! Pipany said silver tape is forbidden Wink
I find, Pip has very well explained and I can see how she does it. What I still try to remember is the thing with heather----refléchis, refléchis.... isn't heather something which should not be in a wedding theme???? Or is that only here the case?

Posted by: Bayou on 4th Dec 2008 at 08:19PM

Withy Brook's Avatar If you are using roses, and you have them already, you have time to prepare them. Freshly cut the stem and plunge them into cold water up to their necks and stand them somewhere cool until you are ready to be artistic with them.
NO SILVER FOIL! Twisted Evil!

Posted by: Withy Brook on 4th Dec 2008 at 09:16PM

Blossomcottage's Avatar What about Rose Hips, Bay Leaves and Ivy, none need any special attention, all readily available, you just need so green florists tape to hold them together. they will not drop and are attractive colours for this time of year.

Posted by: Blossomcottage on 4th Dec 2008 at 09:23PM

Westerwitch's Avatar Well now you can do pictures we look forward to seeing what you did in the end. Keep them out of reach of the dog won't you Twisted Evil

Posted by: Westerwitch on 4th Dec 2008 at 09:39PM

Pipany's Avatar Yes I'm with Blossom and would personally use ivy, hips, etc. Lovely autumnal ones. good luck Milla (and if you do make some so them theevening before, spray with cold water and store on a layer of kitchen paper in tupperware type box with lid in the fridge)

Posted by: Pipany on 4th Dec 2008 at 10:06PM

So silver foil is obviously to button holes what toilet is to loo/lavatoryLaughingLaughingLaughing

Posted by: @themill on 4th Dec 2008 at 10:27PM

Camilla's Avatar Milla here is a link on info for BUTTONHOLES. If you get a woman appear spraying perfume don't worry, the video will soon appear on tips for buttonholes.


Posted by: Camilla on 5th Dec 2008 at 01:32AM

Camilla's Avatar Forgot to mention Milla, need to turn up the volume on video.

Posted by: Camilla on 5th Dec 2008 at 01:37AM

Ivy's Avatar Insted of green florist tape you can always put selotape around the tinfoil as long as it is dry!

Posted by: Ivy on 5th Dec 2008 at 07:07AM

Pipany's Avatar ARGHHHHHHH!!!!!!! Laughing

Posted by: Pipany on 5th Dec 2008 at 08:12AM

Milla's Avatar WOW! what can I say but thank you! Laughing thoroughly daunted, but clearly florist wire / rose wire is firmly on my list!

Posted by: Milla on 5th Dec 2008 at 10:41AM

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