It takes as much care to keep your flowers fresh, after arranging, as it does to arrange them. Remember to inspect your arrangement often after placing it in your home.
When recently making a single rose budvase, I noticed that the rose only lasted about 2 days. The bloom began to slump over at the top of the stem. I knew it should have held up longer.
When I removed the flower from the vase, I discovered that the leaves were much drier than the rose. A good indicator to the condition of the flowers in an arrangement are the leaves. Check often the leaves on the flowers. If the leaves are bright in color, but look a little dry, you may be able to save the arrangement.
After investigating, I discovered that the budvase was in the draft of the heater. I had done a no-no. We had a long cold spell, and the heater was running more often. Many times this effect may also occur by placing the arrangement in a window that receives direct sunlight. This makes the rose to drink water faster, causing the flower to dry faster. It also increases bacteria in the water.
Remove the flowers from the vase. Clean and dry the vase. Fill a clean sink with warm water and flower preservative. Fill the vase with fresh water and preservative. Re-cut the stem of the flowers underwater about ½ inch. Rearrange the flowers in the vase.
Spending the time caring for your flower arrangement will add more experience to your floral knowledge. It will teach you ways to improve your involvement with fresh flowers.
A budvase of a single flower is a simple and elegant addition to a desk or a breakfast tray. When choosing a budvase, pay attention to the weight of the vase. If you are using a tall flower, be sure to choose a vase that is also tall. The vase must hold the flower, plus the water needed to nourish the flower. The vase should not fall over because of the weight of the water and flower.
You will need:
Single Long-Stemmed Rose
Single stem of Greenery (Leatherleaf,plumosia, etc.)
1 ½ yards of ¾” Ribbon (To match Rose )
2 pieces of #22 Florist wire
Begin by processing the rose. Fill a sink with warm water. Empty pack of floral preservative (That came with rose) into the water. Fill budvase with water and floral preservative.
The height of the flower should be 1 ½ times the height of the vase. Cut rose stem underwater in the sink.
Place end of piece of wire in the base of the bloom.
Wrap wire around stem for added security.
Place rose in budvase.
Place single stem of greenery behind rose. There should only be stem in the vase, not leaves of the greenery. The top of the greenery should not be taller than the top of the bloom.
Make a small bow with the ribbon. Secure ribbon with wire wrapped with floral wrap. Place bow in front of rose.
Enjoy your Rose Budvase longer by not placing it in direct sun or heat.
Three times in every 100 years, Valentine’s Day falls on Ash Wednesday. This happens in 2018. What’s the big deal?
Ash Wednesday begins the Lenten Season in many religions. This is a time for fasting and sacrifices in reparations of sins and to prepare for Easter. Some people begin Lent on Ash Wednesday by fasting. Many people make sacrifices during Lent such as giving up sweets, or soft drinks, or smoking to name a few.
So, what do you get your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day? Dinner may not be an option if they are fasting. Chocolate is not an option. Once again, flowers are your best option.
Look early at the flower selections. Talk to the salesperson in the floral department. Ask about the variety of flowers that will be available. Inquire about which days fresh flowers will be delivered. Plan to make your purchase after the flowers have been processed in the store. Flowers should drink water for at least 24 hours before being arranged.
If ordering your flowers from a florist for delivery, consider placing your order early. Flower demand will be high this year.
Traditionally, roses are a Valentine’s Day staple. A dozen red roses catches the eyes of everyone. But, a single rose is so sweet! Arrangements of mixed flowers with roses, carnations and lilies are so fragrant. There are many flower options.
How about an Ice Cream Sundae when there’s mountains of snow out the window? Make an arrangement of roses and carnations to look like an Ice Cream Sundae.
You will need:
Ice Cream Sundae Soda Glass
Colored Plastic Mylar Strips Or Easter Grass (To Look Like Ice Cream)
Large Roses To Match Color Of Easter Grass
White Carnations (Whipped Cream)
Red Miniature Rose Bud (Cherry)
To prep for your arrangement, process the fresh flowers and allow them to drink water for at least 24 hours. For best results, when processing the flowers, cut about 1 inch of the bottom of the stems underwater. This process helps the flower to drink up water instead of air when cutting the stems. The flowers will last longer.
Prepare the soda glass by placing the Mylar strips against the sides of the glass. For best results, place the Mylar around a tube smaller than glass. This allows the strips to rest against the glass and form a opening in the center of the Mylar for the water. Add water with floral preservative to the soda glass.
Add a “Cherry” to the “Whipped Cream” with a miniature rosebud. Measure and cut the miniature rose taller than the carnations. Place the rosebud in the center of the carnations.
Place 2 straws to the side of your “Sundae.
A new idea for Wedding reception stations, is an ice cream station. Small containers of ice cream are made available to add caramel, hot fudge, fruit, sprinkles, and other goodies to create ice cream sundaes. This arrangement would make a great centerpiece for this station.