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Flower Arranging Tips – Changing the Water

Hi There,

I’m often asked how often someone should change the water in a vase arrangement.  The answer is every day!  At a minimum, change the water every other day.  If you really want to make sure your flowers last, give them a fresh cut at the same time you change the water.

If you have a floral arrangement in floral foam, you don’t change the water, instead you add water.  Depending upon the temperature conditions where you are, you may need to add water every day.  The goal is to keep the floral foam saturated because that is what is delivering the water source to the flower.

Flowers need water like we need air!

Flower Arranging Tips – Process Your Flowers

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This is a step you should never overlook, and I’ll bet most of you do overlook this step!  When you get flowers, either from your yard, the grocery store, etc., make sure to process them.  At a minimum, give them a fresh cut, remove any foliage that will fall below the water line and put them into water with flower preservative.  If at all possible, dip them in a hydrating solution after the fresh cut and before putting them into water iwth preservative.  My favorite hydrating liquid is called “Quick Dip” and it is made by Floralife.  In an absolute ideal world, you would then put your flowers in a refrigerator overnight….I know, this is a step you will probably never do.  I caution you though, if you are attempting to do a big floral job, like for a wedding, this is a step that should not be bypassed.

Flower Arranging Tips – Containers

Hi There,
So I know that when you think of flower arranging, you immidiately think of a vase as the vessel to hold the flowers. And, of course, a vase is a great vessel to hold your flowers. But, I would like to encourage you to think outside of the box when it comes to flower arranging containers. Besides vases, think about, dishes, ceramics, baskets, paper boxes, fabric covered boxes, tea cups, drinking glasses….what can you come up with that would be unusual and functional? I’ve used golf shoes, jewelry boxes, terra cotta pots, plastic outdoor glasses, ash trays, bowls….really the possibilities are endless.

Flower Arranging Tips-Start With GREENERY

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I taught a flower arranging class a week ago to a local Gardening Club. The one thing that all the ladies kept repeating to me and the biggest take away was this tip…..always start your flower arrangement with your greenery. The greenery acts as an armature and holds the flower stems in place when you are ready to add your flowers. If you are working with floral foam you would still start with your greenery, because the goal is to HIDE all of your mechanics….mechanics are things like floral foam and tape. Both are integral to the durability of the centerpiece, but you don’t want to see either. The exception to this rule is if you are using some of the new Colored Floral Foam. It is made in red, lime green, harvest orange,grey, cream/ivory and black. And, the purpose of using the colored foam is to let it show!

Bridal Bouquet – Mini Calla Lilies

Hi There, I was asked to produce this video showing you how to make a mini calla lily bridal bouquet…it is easier than you might think. Part of the secret is having good quality flowers to start with. The callas in this video came from Pacific Callas, an internet flower company. Enjoy this flower arranging video. If you are a DIY bride, you’ll want to watch this video. In fact, if you are a do it yourself bride, you’ll want to visit my other site, www.doityourselfweddingflowerguide.com to learn all about how to do your own wedding flowers and save 50-75% of the cost! REALLY!!!

Magnolia Branches Video – Add on

Magnolia Tree Flower

Huge Blooms from a Magnolia Tree

Hi There,
When I was making the magnolia branch video the flowers were in the bud stage. I tried to describe the flowers to you, but I thought a picture is worth a million words….so here is a picture of a magnolia bloom. They are really BIG and have a very light, pleasant scent. On the flip side, they don’t last very long, once the bud is open you will get one day out of it, MAYBE two.

I have cut the flowers from the tree and put them into a shallow bowl on a coffee table. They look fabulous, they just don’t last.

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