Tussie Mussie, a nosegay or posie are small flower bouquets that were popularized in Victorian times.The term tussie-mussie comes from the reign of Queen Victoria (1837–1901), when the small bouquets became a popular fashion accessory. Typically, tussie-mussies include floral symbolism from the language of flowers, and therefore may be used to send a message to the recipient. (From Wikipedia)
First of all – the name! I love to say it and it sounds like something Beatrix Potter would have come up with.
I first encountered Tussie Mussies at a Renaissance Faire many years ago and have created my own for years for gifts, and to decorate the house. They are small and portable and are usually gathered into a posie holder which can be as ornate as silver or simple as a doily.
I love making them since you don’t need many flowers and each flower is a star of the arrangement as it is so small. I put mine in water in a special holder for small bouquets so it will last longer than one day. I like to make the small nosegay a little more free form than the traditional kind as that is the way that I arrange. I can’t seem to do tight and controlled!
These would make great hostess gifts instead of the obligatory wine bottle. For weddings, tussie mussies are popular also, and can be given as bridesmaid gifts, or the bride could carry one for a simple elegant touch. A simple tussie mussie can also be set at each place setting at a dinner party. Anyone can create one with a little practice. Follow the tutorial to make your own.
For my tussie mussie, I used ‘Centennial Spirit’ Hydrangea, Wheeler’s Red Honeysuckle, ‘Mellow Yellow‘ Butterfly Weed, gold-tipped Juniper, Heliotrope, and Kent Beauty Oregano, an ornamental Oregano that I am in love with.
Choose your materials carefully, contrasting the colors and textures to create a beautiful combination. For larger flowers, such as hydrangeas, you can pare the flower down to a smaller more usable size. The hydrangea flower represents devotion which makes it a very appropriate flower for weddings.
For lots of picture of tussie mussies, go to http://pinterest.com/drue58/tussie-mussies-cones/. Here are two useful books to use when making tussie mussies.