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How many times have you had too few flowers for a large vase or a lot of flowers that you just can't arrange to stay the way you want? To fix this problem, all you need to do is take a plastic paper sleeve, the ones that your daily paper is protected with. I save those for hundreds of uses, this is just one.
Put it in the top of the vase around the flowers, pushing it down just out of view. Adjust your flowers however you want and they're going to stay. It is easily removed to water
With spring right around the corner, we will be cutting flowers and bringing them in for arranging. One thing that always presents a problem is the short stems on some of them. A way to get around that is to insert the stem into a straw, then cut the straw the length you need. To be sure your stem gets water, slit the straw up from the bottom an inch or so and make small V cutouts a time or two along the straw toward the bottom.
Source: Real Simple magazine with a twist or two of my own.
By Ann Winberg from Loup City, NE
I like to arrange flowers in unusual containers, i.e. wooden boxes or ice coolers. To keep water from leaking or damaging the container, I use plastic bottles. I use a bread knife to cut off the top at the height needed. I also use these plastic liners in real vases to protect the finish against discoloration. It is a great way to recycle plastic bottles, which I seldom buy, but when I do I try to devise at least three uses before disposing of them. Because I live where the tap water is excellent, I fill bottles from tap and put in freezer or fridge for cool water.
By Joan from Geneva, Switzerland
Daffodils produce a toxin that kills other cut flowers, so keep them separate when making flower arrangements.
My husband is always complaining about finding little creatures walking on the table after I put out a vase of flowers. So now, what I do is, I let the vase sit outside for about 30 minutes before I bring it in. By then all the little bugs have gone elsewhere. Also, when I arrange my flowers I do it outside with newspaper underneath for the cuttings. That way I can roll it all up and throw it out without any mess in the house.
When you buy fresh flowers, save the clear cellophane. Use the flower feed, if it is powdered, add an eggcup full of boiling water to dissolve it then top up with cold water. Then,scrunch up the cellophane and push this into the bottom of the vase, even on clear glass vases it will remain invisible. This acts as an anchor to position the stems into and help them to stay where you want them to be. The cellophane trick is also good if you have a vase that is too deep for your flower stems.
When you buy roses to help stop then from drooping, cut an inch or so off the bottom at a slant. Then using scissors or a craft knife, cut a slit in the bottom if the stem about an inch up. Think of the split at the bottom of an old fashioned wooden clothes peg and you will get the idea of what I mean, this allows the stems to draw up more water. If your roses have already drooped, wrap the bunch in news paper, cut the stems as I have said, put into fresh water with feed, and then put them somewhere dark and comfortably cool overnight, this sometimes works and they might recover.
This is a guide about making a floral arrangement. A lasting combination of fresh or dried, flowers and foliage, can add to the decor of any room.
I love fresh flowers and buy carnations every two weeks. Since I usually get two large sprays from Costco, there are a lot of stems to cut, and to throw away.
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I make silk flower arrangements. I have been asked to do a fresh flower wedding in August; is there a big difference?
By Cindy from Middletown, DE
Huge difference! Fresh is much harder! It is hot in August and fresh flowers are very perishable. Roses that are buds when you start are opening and dying within hours so unless you have a cooler to store them in you have to get and arrange flowers the day of the wedding. You can not bend stems any way you like as you would with silks. If you cut a fresh flower stem and it is too short, you are stuck with it and it is wasted. With a silk you can simply extend the wire stem by taping on a longer wire. Unless you have a wholesale source fresh flowers are expensive. You are also limited to the actual colors of the flowers. Don't forget that you will need oasis, waterproof containers, corsage and boutonniere bags and pins. Just FYI, Costco does sell special order arranged wedding flowers.
Lindal is right. I am also a silk wedding flower provider. You also have to consider shipping costs, and most fresh flower arrangements can only be made up within 72 hours of the event.
Refrigeration and changing out water is key. Plus you'll need floral foam versus styrofoam.
It could be real headache. I don't take on fresh clients. I just don't have the needed staff and refrigeration to properly handle these types of request.
I am looking for step by step instructions on how to make a fresh, silk and dried flower arrangements using the floral and dry foam. Also, where can I get supplies at a discount price?
Nancy from Hatfield, PA
There are many used flower arranging books available at Amazon.com at a good price, or you might try your local library if you don't want to buy a book. I am a professional floral designer, and my advice is to shop at Wal-Mart for the best prices. You may have a floral wholesaler nearby, but generally they will not sell to anyone who does not have a retail license specifically designated for flowers, but it won't hurt to try. Hard to beat Wal-Mart prices, though. Good luck.
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Short-stemmed flowers or curvy stems are hard to put in a floral arrangement. What I do is cut the stem under cold water and at an angle with sharp scissors. Next, put the stem into a plastic drinking straw and put into your own custom arrangement. VOILA! I save straws. Silly, I know, but I use the skinny ones for thin stemmed flowers and the thicker straws for fatter stemed flowers and it works.
By darlene from St. Louis, MO
Peonies, mock orange, and weigela compliment each other and create a bouquet with an old-fashioned look. Makes me smile whenever I look at this photo.