For Valentine’s Day, feature a surprise in the flowers!
Often, an addition to the flowers is like a hide and seek game. It is totally unexpected. This arrangement features a cell phone in a Selfie Stick.
To add a gift to an arrangement, you must protect the gift from water damage. In this case, I prepared the selfie stick by placing a small baggie over the handle of the stick. I then taped the baggie with a tape that is resistant to water. For this arrangement, I cut the floral foam to fit the bowl. Then, I cut a hole to the right of the center of the floral foam. Make the hole large enough to securely hold the handle. Secure the floral foam to the bowl using the floral waterproof tape.
Place the cell phone in the bracket of the wrapped selfie stick. Place the wrapped handle in the hole of the floral foam. Place pieces of greenery around the base of the handle to hide the baggie. Place a piece of greenery behind the cell phone to add height.
I used Stargazer lilies, red Alstromeria, and white cushion Pom-poms for this arrangement. I used the Stargazer lilies as the focal flower. Build the arrangement to highlight the cell phone.
As the lily blooms open, create a centerpiece mixing with other flowers.
Begin the arrangement by preparing the container. Choose a low container and place a piece of wet floral foam in the container. Use the waterproof floral tape to secure the foam to the container.
The greenery I used in this arrangement is boxwood. Use the greenery to cover the floral foam. Remember to save tall pieces of greenery to add height to the arrangement.
Remove the large open lily from the base of stem. Place this bloom close to the rim of the container. Cut the stem of the lily to stand above this bloom. Add flowers from the mixed bouquet to the lilies. Be sure to allow the lilies to be the focal point of the arrangement. Add the birch branches to accent the lines of the arrangement.
Bring Spring into Winter with the scent of Stargazer Lilies.
To me, the main attraction of fresh flowers over artificial blooms is the aroma. The sense of smell can trigger memories that last a lifetime.
To brighten the starkness of winter, I brought in a simple arrangement of Stargazer Lilies. This arrangement is not large, but is very fragrant. I chose 2 stems of lilies. I did not add additional greenery, but chose to leave the leaves on the stems above the water line. To add height to the arrangement, I added single branches of white birch.
When choosing a vase, be sure to make sure the vase is tall enough and heavy enough to hold the blooms. Sometimes it is necessary to add weight to the vase. I like to use colored marbles. Another option could be sand. Place the item for weight in vase before adding the treated water.
Bring Spring Indoors . . .
Bring Spring flowers indoors and realize the aromas that surround the flowers!
After Christmas, the focus turns to Valentine’s Day. Many venues fill their shelves with spring flowers of red and pink. Fill the winter season with the aromas of spring by arranging spring assortment of flowers in a tall rose vase. This allows the flowers more water, which increases the longevity of the blooms.
To capture the best results for the flowers, condition them first. Begin by choosing the bouquets of blooms early. Capture the blooms just as they are beginning to open. Remember, when choosing the bouquets, roses and lilies are the most memorable fragrances!
Fill a sink with warm water and add the floral preservative. Transfer some of this water to a clean bucket. Fill the bucket about 1/3 full. Set aside.
Prepare the flowers by removing all greenery that will be below the water line. Place the end of the flower stem underwater and cut about one half to an inch of the stem- underwater. Place the cut stem in the bucket. Complete all bouquet selections. Let this bucket of flowers absorb the prepared water overnight, if possible.
To begin your arrangement, prepare the vase. I chose a tall rose vase. Place 2 pieces of floral waterproof tape across the top of the vase forming a cross. Then, wrap a long piece of waterproof tape along the rim of the vase, over the ends of the tape creating the cross. Trim the tape ends close to the band of tape.
The bouquet I chose was a mixture that included daisy pom-poms, carnations, gerbera daisies, roses, mums, and a single lily stem. I began with the daisy pom-poms. Don’t hesitate to cut the stems. Make sure to remove any leaves that will be below the waterline. Place the stems close to the rim of the vase. The blooms should cover the top of the vase. I then began building the arrangement taller by placing the single bloom of the orange gerbera daisies to each side, taller than the daisies on the bottom. Then, place the yellow mums taller than the orange gerbera. Place the carnations and roses taller than the mums and gerberas. Complete the height of the arrangement by placing the lily in the center of the arrangement. Add pieces of blue limonium throughout the arrangement. Place small bunches of blue limonium close to the rim of vase to hide the tape. Enjoy!
During cold winter days, a bowl of tulips is a reminder that spring will return soon.
There are many stages of tulips available. Tulips that appear small with only a minimal amount of color showing, are still an excellent choice. Tulips continue to grow after the are cut. A tulip stem may grow as long as length of the bloom after it has been cut.
To prepare the vase, take clear waterproof tape and make a crisscross on the top of the vase. Then, turn the vase sideways and tape close to the top of the rim, taping over the 4 ends of the crisscross. Allow the tape to double over the beginning of the tape. Then, I cut the ends of the crisscross to just below the tape on the rim of the vase. This helps to hold the tulips in place as you make the arrangement. Fill the vase with water treated with floral preservative.
Prepare tulips by removing any soil deposited in the lower leaves. Cut the tulip above the bottom leaves, saving the leaves for extra decoration in the arrangement.
Wire tulips by making a hook around the top of the stem with a wire wrapped in floral tape. Continue to wrap the wire around the stem to the bottom. Secure the wire to the bottom of the stem by turning the wire up. This helps support the stem. Wire all the tulips. I used light green floral wrap because it blends with the stems of the tulips.
When arranging tulips, allow room for movement. Place a short stemmed tulip close to the rim of the vase. I start with about four blooms. Select the tallest tulip for the center of the arrangement. Place this tall tulip in the center of the vase. Place the remaining tulips lower than the center bloom, and spaced between the blooms on the rim of the vase. Use the leaves reserved for the arrangement to fill in any blank spaces. Place your arrangement in a cool area away from direct sunlight.