Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays, I fall prey to the hearts, flowers and chocolate theme of the day.
It’s not too late to sign up for my Free Tutorial on How to Arrange a Dozen Roses in a Vase. Your sweetie will be so surprised to hear you arranged the flowers and not a florist…plus, you will save a ton of money. The cost of roses, especially RED roses, goes way up during the weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day. You will pay a lot of money for red roses from most florists.
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Have a great day!
If you are like me, you just can’t wait for spring to come with all the bursts of color that it brings. So the next best thing to Spring is to brighten up your house with flowers! And one flower in particular always seems to signify Spring to everybody and that is the Tulip. While they are most abundant in Spring, white, pink and red tulips are pretty much available all year long now. If there is another color you want, just check with your wholesaler or florist. There’s a pretty good chance they can get it for you. They may be coming in from other countries, but there is a steady supply of them all year long.
Believe it or not, tulips are part of the lily family. Close relatives include lilies, lily of the valley, Gloriosa lilies, hyacinths, grape hyacynths and star of Bethlehem. Tulips are classified into 15 divisions, but the most popular as cut flowers are single, double (peony flowered), parrot (ruffled and multicolored), lily flowered (pointed petals) and fringed (serrated petal edges).
Tulips are an interesting flower in that, they continue to grow even after they’ve been cut from the plant. Tulips bend and reach for light as they continue to grow. It is not uncommon for a tulip to grow up to an inch a day! And if you are looking to add a splash of spring to your table or hutch, tulips make great centerpieces. Here at Flower Arranging 101 I have several wonderful videos using Tulips.
MiniCallaBowl-CaboWhile in Cabo San Lucas in Dec 2012 I visited the Mini Calla Lily farm, Golden State Bulb Growers De Baja. I took one of the bunches of mini callas and created a video for you, using the mini callas to trim a decorative bowl that we had in our hotel room. I hope you enjoy this FREE video.
Hi There, over the past several weeks I’ve been experiencing major website problems and if you tried to join our community you were not able to do so…that is all fixed now. So feel free to join … the easiest way is to go to the REGISTRATION TAB and then follow the instructions within that tab. I believe we have 130 full length videos available for your viewing pleasure. More being edited as I write. This is a great way to learn flower arranging…you jut watch me, go out and buy what you need and then follow along with me again on video. Let me know if there is anything else you need or a specific design style you want to learn…I’m happy to make new videos for you.
Wreaths have become a very popular decoration and are no longer just seen at Christmas time. If you are looking to keep a wreath up for the winter months, there are a number of different things that you can incorporate into your wreath to take it from a Christmasy feel to a lovely way to brighten up dreary winter days.
There are a wide variety of add ons that can bring texture and color to your wreath. Pine cones are among the most popular, but also consider adding acorns or lotus seed pods. Pecans make an interesting addition as well. Berries and fruit always made for a great addition to a wreath. Holly berries and a great splash of color, but you might also want to consider adding was myrtle berries, Nandina berries or even sweet gum balls.
Some other interesting things to add to a winter wreath include mistletoe, hydrangea blooms, rose hips, pyracantha, and even magnolia pods. Preserved ivy, eucalyptus or boxwood leaves can also dress up a plain evergreen winter wreath.
Did you know that Floral Foam comes in different varieties? Many different varieties including Standard, Instant, Springtime, All Purpose, Extra Firm and Designer. These are fresh floral foam varieties and each variety has a different density. The Springtime is the softest and is meant for soft stemmed (Spring) flowers such as tulips and daffodils. The Standard or All Purpose is a medium density and made to accomodate most flower choices. The Extra Firm and Designer foam is the heaviest density and is meant to hold heavy branches such as Manzanita or Curly Willow. Most foam comes in blocks, called bricks and are about the same size as a brick. The Designer Floral Foam is super BIG, 6″ x 9″ x 12.75″. I use the designer foam a lot. It can be cut down to smaller sizes, but if you are using a lot of flower stems or really heavy stems, this is the only way to go. I use this floral foam whenever I am making LARGE floral pieces.
Bricks of styrofoam can also be purchased for use with silk flowers. They are usually the same size as regular floral foam bricks 3″ x 4″ x 8″ and can also be cut down if needed.
You may or may not know about flower arranging frogs. They have been around for a LONG TIME. Over the years they have changed a bit. Typically what you can buy now is a heavy round base with lots of nails sticking up. The frog goes on the bottom of your vase or container and you stick the flower stem ends into the nails. The nails hold the flowers in place, exactly where you want them to go. A very old fashioned frog, you may be able to find at garage sales, is a glass round base with holes in it. It works similar to the nail frogs, except you put each flower stem into one of the holes in the glass frog. Martha Stewart has dedicated pages in her magazine to frogs and the different varieties and how to use them. If you are using a frog, you don’t have to use floral foam. So it is a way to get your flowers to do what you want them to do without using floral foam. They work the best in a clear glass vase where you want to see the flower stems. The frogs come in different sizes and are always weighted. This is so they stay at the bottom of the vase or container.
If you are trying to put flowers in a vase under water, it is imperative that you use a frog or the flowers will float to the top of the water!
I’m often asked if there is something special that needs to be done to clean vases and buckets used for floral arrangements. And, the answer is YES. I like to use Clorox Clean Up for all my vases and buckets. I also use a toilet brush (only used for my buckets) and a dish washing brush (only used for my vases) to clean my vases.
You can also make a solution yourself of a watered down bleach. Just use bleach with a little water added to it. Rinse out the buckets and vases really well and let them dry naturally or dry them out with a towel or paper towel.
About a month ago, I showed you how to dress up store bought orchid plants. In the video I mentioned that the orchid plants last a long time…specifically, I said you can count on at least 4 weeks of bloom time. I wanted to report to you that the two orchid plants I used are still in bloom a month later. The purple dendrobium orchid plant is entirely in bloom and a few blossoms are starting to fall off. The yellow oncidium orchid plant is also still in bloom, but one entire stem has died now, meaning the flowers have dropped off the stem. There is still one stem in full bloom. I like to give these plants as gifts because they last so long! Plus, most people view orchids are “prestigous” flowers. If you are willing to baby these plants, they WILL bloom again. But, typically, these types of plants only bloom once a year. So, if that is your desire, to get them to bloom again, I would invest in an orchid food and follow the instructions that come with the orchid food. Usually, it is suggested that you feed them once a month. But, check the label of the food you buy, because it could be different.
So, when you are thinking about flower arranging, there is absolutely no good reason not to think about unusual containers for holding flowers. I mean things like shoes, boxes, jewelry boxes, jars, drinking glasses of all shapes and sizes including margarita glasses, martini glasses, wine glasses and specialty shaped glasses. Just remember if choosing a container like a shoe, you’ll have to use a liner or something else to hold the floral foam and water….you wouldn’t put floral foam or water right into a shoe….did I need to say that???