Trick the flowers by simulating a cooler environment!
Planning ahead is critical if there is a special Holiday or occasion where fresh flowers are highlighted. Properly processing flowers before arranging them can significantly affect the length of time the blooms look fresh. This can be a 2-day process.
You Will Need:
Fresh Cut Flowers
Clean Cooler Bucket
Plan to receive the flowers about 3-4 days before the date they will be needed. On the date you receive the flowers, begin processing them by cutting the stems underwater. Place the fresh-cut stems in a clean container and place the container in a bright, warm place. Allow the flowers to drink water for about 8 hours or overnight.
When we had Rosecliff Florist, we placed the flowers in a cooler after allowing them to drink. There are ways to pretend the flowers are in a enclosed cooler. Place ice in the bottom of an ice chest, remove the lid. Place the container of flowers in the opened ice chest. The flowers need to be at a temperature of about 40 degrees, not frozen. This is similar to putting beer in an ice cooler. Add more ice in the cooler if the water in the flower container begins to turn warm. I like to keep them in the cooler for about a day. Remove the container from the ice chest and create the arrangements.
Decide on the arrangements needed. What blooms will fit the type of arrangement you desire? Check out the availability of the flowers. Can one place orders for particular flowers in advance? How long will it take to secure the flowers? What is the best way to purchase them? These are questions that need to be addressed when planning to use flowers for a particular date, if a precise motif is desired.
I do not recommend placing the completed arrangements in the ice chest. This may damage the vases of the completed arrangements. I add refrigerated bottled water to vases when needed.
Help flowers last longer by processing them underwater!
When deciding to arrange flowers, prepping the flowers is very important. It may extend the life of your arrangement up to a week.
You Will Need:
Sink Full of Warm Water
Clean Containers for Flowers
Many people do not realize the research done to look at the structure and longevity of flower blooms. Research has extended the longevity of flowers for shipping and for enjoyment.
When preparing to arrange flowers, take the extra time to process the flowers. Plan to pick up the flowers a few days before you arrange them. Make sure all containers used for your flowers are clean. As soon as you receive the flowers, allow the flowers to drink water before you arrange them. Cut the flowers underwater in warm water, place them in containers half filled with water containing floral preservative. Place the flower-filled containers in a bright, warm place. Allow them to drink water for 6 hours or overnight.
I am experimenting with water temperature. After allowing the flowers to drink water, I add cold bottled water to the flower-filled containers. I may add more cold water if I am not arranging the flowers immediately. I am hoping this gives the flowers the impression of being in a cooler. Time will tell!
It’s time for corsages and boutonnieres!!
Prom time is time for flowers. There are many choices, which can be overwhelming. Here are a few ideas.
Corsages are worn by the Ladies. It will include flowers, leaves, and a bow. Some designers add bling, such as bangles, pearls, or rhinestones. Corsages can be worn on the shoulder, as a wristlet, or as a hairpiece. Wristlets are created by attaching the corsage to a wristlet saddle. The saddle may be a simple elastic band, or with elaborate by adding lace or tulle. There are many selections of flowers to chose from, which include roses, carnations, orchids, and mixed spring flowers to name a few. In my opinion, the varieties that hold up the best for dances include roses, carnations, daisies, and orchids.
Boutonnieres are worn by the Gentlemen. It is usually a single flower. Some use small clusters of mixed flowers. The boutonniere is pinned to the left lapel of the Gentleman’s Jacket. Boutonnieres do not have bows, if there is a bow it is a corsage. Ribbon can be added by wrapping the stem in ribbon.
Flowers are a great accessory to any formal. These are just a few thoughts for Prom Time. Have a great time!!