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.
If you want to have an easier time at arranging flowers in a vase….besides starting with greenery to create an armature to hold your flowers in place, I recommend using vases with some sort of a neck. The neck helps to hold the flowers upright. Even if you wanted a vase full of flowers with NO greenery, the neck will help to keep the flowers where you want them to be….remember, you are the boss! You make the flowers do what you want them to do!
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!
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.