Flower Arranging Tips & Flower Food Recipe

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Hello, everyone!! A couple of weeks ago I attended another class with The Chattery and learned the basics of flower arranging. I thought it would be a good idea to brush up on my flower arranging skills before I have to pull out the big guns for this summer. The class was taught by Liza of Fox and Fern Botanical Styling. We had an assortment of flowers, greenery, and fillers including tulips, ornamental kale, roses, snapdragons, waxflower, silver dollar eucalyptus, and tree fern. I had such a great time meeting other women who share my same passion, and learning about flower care and styling. There was so much I didn’t know I had to do before the flowers went from the store to the vase. Now I am here to share everything I learned with you all!

Always clean the stems.

Depending on where you buy your flowers, you may want to clean the stems up a bit. Anything that falls below waterline other than the stem will mold and make your arrangement not last long. Rip off any unwanted leaves and remove any dirt.

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Give them a fresh cut.

Even if they are at the desired length for your vase, its good to cut them just a little. The cut will help the flowers absorb the water easier. It also helps if you cut them at an angle and under lukewarm water.

Arrange in hand first, cut later.

This was something I’ve never done before! I usually just cut each flower and then place them in the water one at a time. It’s actually easier to arrange the flowers in one hand while using the other to place and tweak. After you’re happy with the arrangement, tie the arrangement with floral wire and cut all at once.

Follow your instincts!

I was honestly surprised at how laid back the class was. For the longest time I thought there was a right or wrong way to arrange flowers, but this class assured me that it’s impossible to mess up flowers because they will look beautiful regardless. It was so interesting and refreshing to walk around and see everyone else’s arrangements and how they pieced things together. Every different arrangement told a story, whether it was whimsical or romantic or uniform. Let your creativity flow!

 Flower Food Recipe

1 quart lukewarm water

1 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon household bleach

2 teaspoons lemon juice