Flowers are such a weakness of mine! Here are my favorite flower arranging tips. I get so much enjoyment from the whole process–from the selection of the blooms to the assembly and to admiring them for days!
We have friends joining us with their flower arranging methods too. It’s a Flower Party!!! Put on some music!
I usually try to select what’s in season, whether from Trader Joe’s (great prices), Safeway (our grocery store), or the SF Flower Mart. I do like single bloom arrangements but more often than not, I will select greenery with two to three types of blooms.
Prolonging the Health of the Bouquet
If you don’t have the little floral food packets that come with some bouquets, you can make your own:
For 1-quart water, add 1 teaspoon bleach, 1 teaspoon vinegar, and 1 tablespoon sugar.
Add the “food” and water before starting the design…
You may also like: Food 52: Tips To Make Bouquets Last Longer.
Use Craft Paper or Newspaper For Easy Clean-up
After designing, I shake the flower remnants into the yard waste and toss the paper into the recycle bin.
Step One: Layer In the Greenery
Let’s enjoy the process! Make sure to pull off all the leaves on the branches below the waterline. This goes for the flower stems, too!
Step Two: Start With The Largest Bloom
Cut the stems on the diagonal and remember to turn your vase often to check all the sides.
Step Two: Add The Second Largest Bloom
Does anyone know the name of this delicate white flower? Does my smile look a little fake?
Step Four: If Desired, Add Small “Airy” or Statement Blooms
In this case, I am using Queen Anne Lace. You could also add a little colorful statement-type flower such as lavender, mini roses, or statice. I actually really AM happy doing this!
Step Back and Admire The Flowers!
Change the water and trim the stems again for longevity.
I will admit that I don’t do this as often as I should!
Let’s have some fun visiting these talented floral arrangers!