Impatient for Spring . . .
Grab a basket and bring Spring indoors!
This time of year is really hard - winter just won’t let go! After Valentine’s Day, Easter displays fill every store. Bring spring indoors with long lasting blooms!!
Take the liner of the basket and cut the floral foam to fit liner. Soak the floral foam at least 2 hours, preferably overnight. Place floral foam in liner. I usually place a piece of waterproof tape across the long end of liner. Place the liner in the basket. Place a piece of waterproof tape across the short end of the basket. I sometimes place this piece of tape around the base of the handle.
I selected a mixed bouquet, to this I added a single pack of yellow daisy pom-poms. Most floral bouquets may only use a single bloom of different varieties of flowers in the selections. I add a single pack of daisy poms-poms to tie the design together. In this selection, I used the single stem of stock as the tallest flower, added the single carnation, mixed blooms of mums, and the alstromeria. I used the yellow daisy pom-poms throughout the arrangement. Be sure to place some yellow blooms close to the base of the basket and close to the floral foam. Enjoy!
Cutting Stems Underwater . . .
Cutting Flower Stems underwater adds life to the bloom!
The stem of a flower is the lifeline to a bloom. Cutting underwater allows water to enter the stem instead of air. Research has shown that cutting flower stems underwater can significantly increase the life of the bloom of a flower.
I begin processing fresh flowers by filling a clean sink with warm water. Add floral preservative to the warm water. Remove any leaves on the stems that may be below the water surface. This helps keep the water clean and fresh.
Place the stems of the flowers in the warm water. Using pruning shears or scissors, cut the stems underwater about 1” from the end of the stem. It is best to cut the stem at a 45-degree angle, this allows the most exposure of the surface.
After cutting, place the flowers in a clean container of warm water with floral preservative. Allow the flowers to remain in a warm place for 2-3 hours or overnight to absorb water.
Placing flowers in a cooler is always helpful. Remember, ethylene gas is harmful to fresh flowers. This gas can be found around produce, especially citrus fruits and lettuce. Flowers like cooler temperatures, around 65 – 70 degrees. Changing the water of the container and re-cutting the stems after 3-4 days will increase the life of your fresh cut flowers.
Spring in a Basket . . .
A big basket of mixed Spring flowers can brighten any room!
Bring Spring into a room by filling a basket with mixed spring flowers! Find a liner to place in the basket. Cut a piece of floral foam to fit the liner. Place a piece of waterproof floral tape across the foam to secure it to the liner. Place the liner in the basket. Secure the liner in the basket. Secure the liner to the basket with another piece of waterproof floral tape. Fill the liner with water.
When choosing the flowers for an arrangement in the basket, look a the size of the basket. A large basket can handle 4 or 5 different varieties of Spring flowers. Remember to put height to the arrangement. In this example, the tall branches are about 8 to 12 inches above the handle of the basket. Also, extend the sides of the arrangement to balance the proportion with the height. In this arrangement, I used sunflowers, snapdragons, roses, spray roses, miniature carnations, alstromeria, and Baby's Breath. The greenery I used was myrtle.
A basket of Spring flowers is great for any Holiday!!
Fill a budvase with water and floral preservative.The height of the flower should be 1 ½ times the height of the vase.
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.
Make a small bow. Place bow in front of rose.
Enjoy your Rose Budvase longer by not placing the budvase in direct sun or heat.