There’s not very many days throughout the year that I don’t have some sort of fresh flowers throughout my home. You could say I’m addicted; grocery store entries always get me with their pretty blooms. There’s just something about coming home to fresh flowers, to sitting down on the couch with some tea or wine and feasting on the beauty. I consider it part of my home décor actually, and it’s fun to switch them out as the seasons and mood change.
I thought I’d put together some tips on simple floral arrangement at home. I’m no floral designer, and I go by the theory that simple is better. Most of my arrangements consist of one to three types of flowers. I prefer buying one or a few types as opposed to the pre-mixed bunches; I also prefer white when available, because it just goes with everything.
My favorite places to buy flowers are Trader Joe’s, Costco (these roses below are from there), Ralph’s, and Whole Foods. The first three are great for inexpensive blooms, and Whole Foods sometimes has unusual varieties. Who’s excited for peony season?!
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2. Remove most of the leaves. I like to leave a few at the very top. Make sure the stems are the only part in the water; otherwise your flowers won’t last very long, because the leaves will start to rot.
3. Trim stems at an angle according to your vase size. Generally speaking, you want the flower buds to rest just above the lip of the vase for this type of look. Trimming at an angle helps the stems absorb water, keeping them fresher longer.
4. Tie the bouquet. Arrange a small bouquet in your hand and tie the flowers with floral wire; it helps them keep their position and avoid unwanted spaces.
5. Place your bouquet in the vase. Adjust the flowers as needed so that they’re equal on all sides. Gently help the petals open up a bit with your fingers, or just wait a day or two for them to open up on their own.
Additional Tips //
- Change out the water and trim the stems every couple days.
- Don’t add the flower food packet when using clear glass vases, because it makes the water look cloudy.
- Remove wilted/discolored outer petals as the days progress.
- As an option, hide stems with large leaves lining the inside of the glass horizontally (you may have some aspidistra or magnolia leaves in your yard). Add beautiful stones or seashells to the bottom for added interest. Line the inside with sliced lemons for a very cheerful spring look.
- Experiment with different sizes, shapes, and colors of vases and flowers. Simple, singular blooms in small vases can also be impactful.