Flower arranging 101

I always have flowers in my home and I usually just cut the stems and throw them into a vase. But since doing this blogging thing, I’ve realised I should probably make more of an effort! So, the lovely ladies at MiaFleur have given me a few tips and here’s my dummies guide to flower arranging.

Condition your flowers

To condition your flowers simply means trimming the stems and letting them stand in a big bucket of water for a few hours. Mix in flower food or a dash of bleach and change the water regularly. Some flowers, like hellebores, may need the ends of their stems dunked in boiling water for a minute before going in a vase. Be sure to remove all leaves that will be below the water line because they’ll rot and smell otherwise. Yuck! If necessary, use florist foam, marbles or a flower frog to keep flowers in place.

Hot tip! Another good way to hold flowers in place in a wide vase is to crisscross tape across the top in a grid and slot the flowers into it.

Be creative and forget the rules!

Rules are made to be broken, right? If one day all the good flowers in the shop are brightly coloured tulips, go with it! If you prefer a simple arrangement of twigs and foliage, then stick to it and master the art of greenery! We all have different tastes and different ideas on what is visually appealing so don’t worry about what others think. Flowers and foliage are to be enjoyed and bring happiness, not create stress. Experimenting with different vases and containers helps you to understand which shapes suit one another. If the proportion doesn’t look right try adding foliage that gives height and or width. Think about contrast – a simple bowl of tulips interspersed with twigs makes a stunning arrangement.

Gold Martini Table

Add foliage

Foliage is the ideal way to add contrasting texture and colour to your arrangements. I don’t know about you but I hardly ever bought foliage. I thought the leaves that came with the flowers were enough! The ladies at MiaFleur told me to start thinking about the colours and shapes of the flowers and how you can enhance them with added foliage. Ivy is great for trailing down the side of a vase and to add width, and ferns and grasses are wonderful for adding height and some spikiness. Foliage such as fennel and alchemilla mollis makes a fabulous voluminous arrangement.

Mix in faux

Yes, I’ve said it. Flowers are expensive and instead of buying a variety of species every time you go to the florist, purchasing some good quality fake flowers can be a worthy investment! A great way to add lusciousness to a vase of flowers is to mix in some faux flowers and foliage. They last for years and it means that you can always have a luxurious bouquet in your home without spending a fortune. I particularly think faux ferns and palm leaves are a necessity for all us floral fanatics. Just trust me and try it!

 

𝓜𝓲𝓪𝓕𝓵𝓮𝓾𝓻 𝓲𝓼 𝓪 𝓶𝓸𝓽𝓱𝓮𝓻 𝓪𝓷𝓭 𝓽𝔀𝓸-𝓭𝓪𝓾𝓰𝓱𝓽𝓮𝓻 𝓽𝓮𝓪𝓶 𝔀𝓱𝓸 𝓼𝓮𝓵𝓵 𝓪 𝓻𝓪𝓷𝓰𝓮 𝓸𝓯 𝓲𝓷𝓽𝓮𝓻𝓲𝓸𝓻 𝓹𝓻𝓸𝓭𝓾𝓬𝓽𝓼, 𝓲𝓷𝓬𝓵𝓾𝓭𝓲𝓷𝓰 𝓯𝓪𝓾𝔁 𝓯𝓵𝓸𝔀𝓮𝓻𝓼 𝓪𝓷𝓭 𝓯𝓸𝓵𝓲𝓪𝓰𝓮, 𝓽𝓱𝓻𝓸𝓾𝓰𝓱 𝓽𝓱𝓮𝓲𝓻 𝓸𝓷𝓵𝓲𝓷𝓮 𝓫𝓸𝓾𝓽𝓲𝓺𝓾𝓮. 𝓟𝓪𝓻𝓽𝓵𝔂 𝓭𝓮𝓼𝓲𝓰𝓷𝓮𝓭 𝓪𝓷𝓭 𝓱𝓪𝓷𝓭𝓶𝓪𝓭𝓮 𝓫𝔂 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓽𝓻𝓲𝓸 𝓲𝓷 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓤𝓚, 𝓽𝓱𝓮𝓲𝓻 𝓹𝓻𝓸𝓭𝓾𝓬𝓽𝓼 𝓪𝓻𝓮 𝓯𝓸𝓻 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓮𝓬𝓵𝓮𝓬𝓽𝓲𝓬 𝓪𝓷𝓭 𝓮𝓿𝓮𝓻–𝓼𝓸-𝓼𝓵𝓲𝓰𝓱𝓽𝓵𝔂 𝓮𝓬𝓬𝓮𝓷𝓽𝓻𝓲𝓬.

𝐼𝓂𝒶𝑔𝑒𝓈 𝒶𝓃𝒹 𝒾𝓃𝒻𝑜𝓇𝓂𝒶𝓉𝒾𝑜𝓃 𝒻𝑜𝓇 𝓉𝒽𝒾𝓈 𝒶𝓇𝓉𝒾𝒸𝓁𝑒 𝓌𝑒𝓇𝑒 𝒸𝑜𝓊𝓇𝓉𝑒𝓈𝓎 𝑜𝒻 𝑀𝒾𝒶𝐹𝓁𝑒𝓊𝓇.

 

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