If any of you are as clueless as me with flower care, these tips from Anne of Blade NYC are sure to have your favorite blooms last a little bit longer than usual around your house. By buying flowers from a market and making your own bouquets, you will save a pretty penny this Mother's Day. Tip #1: As soon as you get your flowers home from the market (see our trip to the Flower Market here), immediately place them into fresh water.
Tip #2: If you have purchased any flowers with thorns, it's useful to use a Thorn Stripper to remove them right away and avoid any ouches and bandaids while arranging your flowers in your vase. Use rubber gardening gloves while handling these Juliet Garden Roses!
Tip #3: Anne has been arranging bouquets for so long she can do it with her eyes closed. She usually just criss-crosses the stems to start her arrangement. But for us beginners in Flower Arranging 101, she suggests using double-sided tape to create a lattice, and then wrap the tape around the circumference of the vase for extra support. Here she is using am 6-inch opening for her arrangement.
Tip#4: There are different ways to maximize surface area on your stems so that water can hydrate your blooms. For woody stems, usually found with flowers from branches or bushes such as Lilac, you need to use a knife to shave away the bark by scraping and cutting just like below...
Tip # 6: Flowers that are from bulbs don't need a crazy amount of work. These Light Purple Hyacinth and Tulips only need a diagonal cut above the think root to do the trick. Tip # 7: Anne also peels off the excess leaves on the Tulips so that they don't take up too much space in the arrangement. Tip # 8: Also, wrapping pretty leaves at the bottom of your vase looks very professional and also hide the stems in a clear vase.
Tip # 9: Oh, Peonies. Always a springtime favorite that everyone is a sucker for. Sometimes they are a little reluctant to bloom in time for the presentation of your arrangement. In this case, florists usually coax them along by peeling some of the green leaves away at the base of the little bloom and even give them a little tap...and viola...it bloomed!
Have fun arranging your bouquet it any way you please, Anne really spread all of our key players around and then added the accent flowers at the end.
And our beautiful arrangement is complete! Tip # 10 is to keep fresh water in your vase ALWAYS. Every few days, bring your arrangement to the sink and let the tap water run into your vase to flush the old water out. This will prevent bacteria building up and give your blooms a longer shelf life. I hope you found these tips useful! Anne is doing a fun Mother's Day workshop on May 8th that you should check out and sign up for here!