Flower Arranging 101
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I love flowers and enjoy having them in and around my home. There is nothing more beautiful than an artfully arranged vase or container of lovely blooms. I am a fully self-taught flower arranger and have struggled over the years with finding ways to be artistic in my flower arrangements as well as finding ways to keep the blooms looking fresh longer. In today's post, I will share some of the ideas I put to use recently to keep store bought blooms fresher and artfully arranged longer.
The flowers we are looking at today began as a tall arrangement in the vase you see in this image. To let you know how long lasting arrangements can be, these flowers were brought home to me by Mr.thisandthat on December 20th as a "Happy Last Day at Work" gift. He purchased these lovely blooms at Sam's Club which always has a pretty good assortment of flowers at great prices. It was a huge bouquet of a mix of unopened Lilies, mums, roses, babies breath, carnations and greenery. Absolutely lovely and I basically "artfully arranged" them by plunking them in a large vase and making sure to add the little "packet" that comes with most flowers sold in stores. I did cut the ends of the stems to help with absorption of water and to fit the vase better.
Here is a close-up of the original bouquet. I'm not sure what you call the light pink blooms with the yellow striped center. Anyone know?
Something I did with these flowers, that is a new "trick" for me, was to change out the water every day. I was always hesitant to do this as I believed that the "little packet" would be lost and the flowers might die quicker. I found, however, that changing out the water seemed to help keep the flowers fresher longer. Duh! Why had I not tried this with other arrangements? I also would hold the tips of the stems under running water and "rinse" them off before putting them back in the vase. This helped with that "smell" that flowers in vases can sometimes get after the stems begin to rot in the water. It helped immensely! No bad smells.
So from December 20th until after New Year's my tall vase of flowers did well. I would occasionally remove "spent" flowers that died, but overall the arrangement stayed intact. By January 5th, however, lots of blooms were looking dead and yet there were still many fresh looking flowers and the beautiful Lilies had opened. So, I decided to create the smaller arrangement that you see above from the leftover flowers.
I simply chose the still fresh blooms, cut them way down to size to fit the short, square red vase I chose and, for good measure, added in the pine cones that had been in the beautiful Christmas greenery arrangement that my oldest sister had sent for my birthday. I thought the short red vase complimented the red tipped carnations and the pine cones added a touch of "winter" to the arrangement. And that is what I was going for here...a winter arrangement look rather than a Christmas arrangement look.
And that, my friends, is how I have kept my beautiful flower arrangement going from December 20th up to today's post on January 9th! Yep...these flowers are still on display on my dining table. Each time I look at these flowers they give me joy...and help me to forget that right outside my door there is 8 inches of snow! Brrrr.....Spring will come eventually, right?
What are your tips for keeping store bought flowers fresh? Any great ideas for flower arranging? What's happening in your life today? Any snow on the ground where you live? My goal for blogging in 2017 is to increase readership and comments, so please leave a comment below. It makes my day! Also, if you would care to "like" "share" or tell others about Debbiethisandthat.com please do so. It will be so appreciated! You can also follow me on Google+, Facebook and Pinterest if you want more of Debbiethisandthat. Also, subscribe to Debbiethisandthat.com so posts can be sent to your email and you will never miss a post! Remember, there is no Debbiethisandthat without you...my faithful readers...and how I appreciate each and every one of you!
Have A Great Flower Filled Day!
Until Next Time,