I thought I would share a few tips on floral arranging that I have learned over the last 10 or 15 years, from my own experience, and some tips from the local florists I have worked with though weddings and parties. I always aim for simple, and I prefer a natural looking arrangement that isn’t too forced or cutesy. So here are few tips for arranging spring blooms in an artful way.
Less is more when it comes to woody stems, like quince, cherry, and dogwood. Select just three or four sculptural specimens, and use a heavy oblong vase that’s about a third as tall as the branches. Aim for an asymmetrical spray so the branches reach rather than lean.
Stick with a one simple color palette or one type of bloom. Tulips and daffodils are perfect all on there own. Put a old penny in the bottom of your tulip vase to keep them lasting longer. It really works! Choose a clear glass vase, or to dress them up, tarnished silver looks great for a more elegant statement.
Keep it clean. If your on a tight budget, don’t worry. You don’t have to spend a lot to have a nice looking bouquet. One piece of greenery in a glass jar (or a series of them in smaller glass jars) lined up as a centerpiece can be very simple and pretty. Or by choosing something like these all white baby’s breath (which honestly I used to throw away when I would get them in a mixed bouquet ) can be lovely in rustic pitcher all on their own . I love the gray & white. It is so clean looking.
If you can get a nice pair of scissors, like these Japanese ones pictured, it makes it much easier to cut and arrange flowers (they are also gorgeous). I love using simple brown paper I buy at the hardware store or Michaels to wrap the flowers in when I bringing to a friend. If you live in the country or suburb’s you can find so many natural elements just outside, branches like forsythia can be cut forced into blooming with-in a week to add a pop of sun yellow to any room. Lastly, cut ,cut cut! Make sure when you get your flowers you cut them on a diagonal and remove all leaves that are going to be in the water, they will only rot the water in the vase and contaminate it. To keep them lasting longer cut the bottom of the stem about 1/4 ‘ every few days and put cool (not cold) fresh water. A spot of organic dish soap in the water (a teeny tiny bit) can keep them lasting longer too! I know it’s 20 degrees today in Connecticut, but I remain optimistic, and look forward to all the bulbs and lilacs I planted last year. Happy spring!
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