To make your tussiemussie

1 Soak the stems in water for at least an hour, or overnight if possible.

2 When ready to begin, remove from the water and wipe the stems dry.

3 Gut the stems on the diagonal to about 5 in. (12 cm).

4 Strip any thorns and all the lower leaves from the stems.

5 If using one central flower, hold it in one hand and use the other to surround it with the first ring of smaller flowers and herbs. If replicating the pictured tussie-mussie. start with a small handful of greenery and build a circle of roses and filler flowers around this. Rotate the posy as you go to ensure a balanced shape. Tightly wrap the stems of each layer with florist's tape, pressing so Ihe tape will adhere to itself (the ribbon will disguise any untidiness).

<•) Continue adding concentric layers until all the flowers and herbs are used. Lastly, frame the bouquet with large leaves.

Use a thorn remover (right, available from florist suppliers) to strip thorns from stems.

Use a thorn remover (right, available from florist suppliers) to strip thorns from stems.

7 Wrap the stems tightly from top to bottom with florist's tape.

H Wrap the stems with ribbon or fabric, securing it with pearl pins inserted into the stems (at the top) and up the stems (at the bottom).

9 Tie matching or contrasting ribbon near the top of the stems, leaving the ends to trail decoratively.

10 If your tussie-mussie is a gift, include a small card on which you have written the names of the plants and their meanings.

^or other occ&mo^

• The posy pictured uses white roses (innocence and purity), sweet peas (tender memory), lily of the valley (purity of heart, sweetness), rosemary (remembrance) and parsley (festivity).

• For a bouquet of condolence, you could choose from red poppies (consolation), rosemary (remembrance), wormwood (grief), weeping willow (sorrow), lemon balm (sympathy), fennel (strength) and borage Icourage).

(dangerous pleasure or voluptuousness), coriander (lust), forsythia (anticipation), chickweed (rendezvous) or red camellia (you're a flame in my heart)!

It's not only traditional occasions that can be enhanced by a little floriography. For a racier message, try your luck with gardenia (ecstasy), tuberose

• To wish someone luck for an exam or job interview, consider basil (good wishes), four-leaf clover (happiness), juniper (protection), buttercup (promise of riches), hawthorn or snowdrop (hope), lavender (luck), sage (wisdom) or dandelion (wishes come true).

(dangerous pleasure or voluptuousness), coriander (lust), forsythia (anticipation), chickweed (rendezvous) or red camellia (you're a flame in my heart)!

It's not only traditional occasions that can be enhanced by a little floriography. For a racier message, try your luck with gardenia (ecstasy), tuberose

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