Baby’s Breath is glorious small clusters of white blooms!!
The genius of Gypsophila is known by many names. Baby’s Breath is the popular name. Florists usually call it Gyp. There are many varieties of Gyp. The strains vary by bloom size, size of the clusters, and longevity of the blooms. Baby’s Breath blooms are one of the easiest flowers to dry.
Gyp can be used as filler flowers or used alone for centerpieces. These flowers are very versatile. Baby’s Breath can be made into wreaths- used as a hairpiece or to decorate a door! Garlands can be made of only Baby’s Breath or add highlights to green garlands and wreaths.
Baby’s Breath is also popular for weddings. It is symbolic of everlasting love and of innocence. Gyp is added to the bouquets of the Bride, Bridesmaids, and made into halos for the flower girls.
Baby’s Breath is very useful and inexpensive. A little hint of Baby’s Breath can be the finishing touch to a design.
Let's Look At - Carnations . . .
There are two major preferences of carnations- Standard and Mini.
Carnations are a species of Dianthus Genus. There are HUGE choices of colors and varieties of standard and mini carnations. Standard carnations are a single bloom per stem. Mini carnations have multiple blooms per stem. Carnations work well in many floral designs and are very hardy. They are a popular choice of a full-service flower shop.
Carnations need additional care if they are dry packed. Dry packing is a process used by growers to aid in shipping. Blooms are cut in early stages, bundled, boxed, and placed in coolers. Then, shipped. I have prepared an example of standard carnations that were dry packed.
Flowers that are dry packed need extra steps in processing. I began by filling a sink with warmer water, add flower preservatives. Test the water by placing your hand in the sink. I want the water hot, but not scalding. Fill a container with the warm water from the sink. Place the end of the carnations underwater and cut above the lowest nodules of the stems. Place the carnations in the container. Leave the container in a warm, dark area to drink the water. Allow them to drink at least overnight.
Let’s Look At – Chrysanthemums
Examples of chrysanthemum include Ball Mum, Daisy Pom-pom, Spider Mum, and Fuji Daisy Pom-pom.
Chrysanthemums are hardy blooms with heavy stems. There are many varieties of “mums” that are used in floral creations. Some of these varieties are Ball, Fuji, Spider, and Pom-poms. More varieties of chrysanthemums are available in the fall than in any other season.
Many do not realize that the heaviness of the stems obstructs the amount of water available to the bloom. To help the flower gain more water, beat the end of the stems to break them. Fill a sink with warm water and add floral preservative. Fill a secondary container with more water. Cut the stems where broken, underwater, and place in the flowers in the container.
Fall is the season that has always been related with mums. “Ball Mums” are traditionally associated with Homecoming Football Games. Pom-poms are small blooms usually in clusters on a single stem. Varieties include daisy, buttons, fuji, cushion, and many others. These are the most visible variety of mums that are used in flower productions. Mums are very hardy, and last an extremely long time.
Let's Look At - Lilies . . .
Here is an assortment of Asiatic and Alstroemeria lilies!!
Available in most mixed floral bouquets are varieties of lilies. These lily varieties may include Stargazer, Oriental, Asiatic, Easter, Calla, and Alstroemeria. Lilies tend to be long lasting. Many lily varieties are extremely fragrant. The aroma of lilies can fill a room.
Let's Look At - Roses . . .
Roses are very plentiful, and in various stages.
Roses are one of the most recognized and extremely popular flower. They are available in many sites. There are many varieties of roses. Other types obtainable are garden roses, sweetheart roses, spray roses, and tea roses. Most recognizable blooms are the long stem rose. These are most popular in vase arrangements. Roses are available in different stages in the life of a bloom. Becoming aware of the different stages of a rose bloom can add longevity to an arrangement.
Roses can be cut in the early bloom stage. This occurs when the bud is tight and the center is very firm. When this occurs, occasionally the bud will not open. In a later stage, the outer petals of the bloom begin to open with the center of the bloom still firm.
As the rose begins to mature, the petals will open fuller. How fast the bloom opens depends on the conditions of its surroundings. Rose arrangements placed in direct sunlight, heat vents, or on heated surfaces will open faster. Arrangements do best in cooler environments, away from direct sunlight.