Mom loves flowers and working in the garden. At Mother’s Day, combine both for a special gift.
You will need:
Garden Storage Cart
2 Bags of Garden Soil
Assorted Blooming Plants
Fresh Cut Flowers
Small Pieces of Greenery
I started this gift by arranging the fresh cut flowers in the small vase. I used pink miniature carnations with Baby’s Breath and small pieces of ivy.
This garden cart has a hinged lid. A removable kneeling pad is fitted into the lid. Put 1 unopened bag of garden soil in the bottom of the cart. Place the second unopened bag inside the back of the cart. I removed the kneeling pad and stood it up against the back of the cart.
Next, place the arrangement in the corner of the cart on top of the bag of soil. Arrange the pots of blooming plants on top of the bags of soil to fill the rest of the cart. The bags of soil will hold up the hinged lid, protecting the plants and arrangement.
Mom can enjoy a fresh flower arrangement and gardening with long lasting plants in her garden.
All Mom has mentioned she wants for Mother’s Day is a large Watering Can!!! How do you make it “Special”? Add sunflowers, of course!!!
You will need:
Large Watering Can
Waterproof Floral Tape
#9 Ribbon for a Bow
Before filling the watering can with water, place tape in the opening of the watering can. Make a star across the opening. Run the waterproof tape around the top of the watering can, over the ends of the tape that creates the star. Fill the watering can with warm water. Add flower preservative.
Before you arrange the flowers, choose the blooms that are most open. Place the largest open bloom on the lip of the watering can. Place the stem through the “star” made of waterproof tape. This helps hold the stem in place. Choose the next largest bloom and place it taller and to the side of the first bloom. Add another bloom taller and to the opposite side of the last bloom.
Next, I added greenery to fill in the top of the watering can. Choose the fourth bloom taller and to the center of the last two blooms. Add the last bloom taller and in line with the last bloom.
I added branches and a matching bow to complete the arrangement. Sunflowers worked well in this arrangement because the watering can is so large
As the weather gets warmer, it is the best time to entertain outdoors. For special parties, add flowers to unusual spaces. Add a small budvase of flowers to your hanging lights for a bold statement.
You will need:
Small Assorted Flowers
Plastic #53 Water Pics
18” #21 Florist Wire
Green Floral Wrap Tape
#3 Iridescent Ribbon for Bow
I used 15 water pics. Fill each water pics with warm water treated with floral preservative. Wrap 15 pieces of wire with the green floral wrap tape. Set these aside.
In each tube I chose miniature roses, daisies, and blue limonium. I make a slit with my knife in the cap of the water pic to give additional room for the flower stems. I usually start by placing an open bloom close to the base of the pic. I used a rose bloom and a daisy bloom at the base of these arrangements. Add taller and smaller blooms above these blooms to complete the arrangement. I made this budvase to be about 6”-8” above the water pic budvase. Add the blue limonium throughout the arrangement as filler.
Take a piece of wrapped wire and curl it around the top of the water pic budvase about 2 times. This creates the hanger. Bend back the top of the wire to form a hook.
Finish the budvase by adding a bow made with iridescent ribbon. The ribbon draws light to the bow and the budvase. We hung budvases approximately every 5 light bulbs. I hooked the wire over the hanging lights in the center of 2 light bulbs. Try not to allow the flowers to get near the light bulbs.
Tulips are a sign of spring! Tulips are now available during the year because you can now get flowers from all over the world. But, we are entering the season where tulips are at the peak of their season.
There are many facts that people do not realize about tulips. Tulips may continue to grow after they are cut from the plant. A tulip stem may grow as long as length of the bloom after it has been cut.
The bloom of the tulip may open and close depending on the temperature. There are many solutions to this problem. One solution is to make a vertical cut in the stem about ½” to 1” just below the bloom. Another remedy was to glue the petals together with the blossom closed. Tulips tend to open during the day and close at night.
When arranging tulips, allow room for movement. 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.
The arrangement for this post is created in a “bubble” bowl. I taped the bowl the same as the vase for arranging a dozen roses (Post from February 8, 2018), except I used clear floral waterproof tape. I cut the tulips from the stem, saving the bottom leaves for extra decoration. Place the tulips closest to the bottom of the vase first, allowing them movement. Select the tallest tulip for the center of the arrangement and wire the tulip for support. Add tulips as in a dozen rose arrangement to complete the arrangement. Don’t hesitate to place short stems close to the base of the vase, this adds dimension to the arrangement.
Place your arrangement in a cool area away from direct sunlight. Check the water daily, and replace the water if it turns cloudy.