It’s easy to forage a beautiful hedgerow bouquet and now is a perfect time before the hedges are cut.
You’ll find wild fruit, berries, nuts and seeds in abundance all of which make an excellent alternative to flowers. Foraging walks are a lovely way to spend an hour outdoors and will open your eyes to the nature around you.
What you need to Forage a Beautiful Bouquet from the Hedgerows.
To cut woody stems from the hedgerows, I strongly recommend that you use a pair of secateurs and wear a decent pair of gardening gloves. We’ve included Hawthorn, Blackthorn and Brambles in our hedgerow bouquet, all of which have vicious thorns.
We used these gorgeous pink limited edition gloves and secateurs from Town and Country. They have been designed especially for Breast Cancer Now to encourage gardeners to join in on Friday 19th October with Wear It Pink day. This fundraising day is part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and raises money for the charity’s life-saving breast cancer research. For more information and ideas on how to get involved, please check out their sites.
What we put in our Hedgerow Bouquet.
Because foraged stems are relatively large, you really don’t need many to make a full bouquet. Please take care not to take more than you need and only forage where there is an abundance of what you are collecting. You can find out more about the dos and don’ts of foraging in our freezing foraged fruit post.
- 5 Stems of Hawthorn
- 5 Stems of Bramble
- 3 Stems of Blackthorn (Sloes)
- 3 Stems of Wild Apple (Crab Apple)
And our tips for arranging your hedgerow finds:
- Wear gloves and use secateurs for trimming the stems.
- Use a large vase or jar that is heavy enough not to tip over under the weight of the stems.
- Remove any foliage that will be below the water level to help keep your display fresh.
- Cut off the ends of the stems just before placing in the water.
- Top up daily with clean water to prolong the life of your arrangement.
And here it is. A beautiful hedgerow bouquet that you can forage for free while out on a walk.
We were sent gloves, secateurs and a pretty gardening pouch from the Breast Cancer Now limited edition range by Town and Country to help spread the word about Wear it Pink Day. 10% of the RRP of each of these items sold will be donated to the charity.