My mother is a gardener, as was her mother, and her mother’s mother too. Indeed I have walked through my great grandmother’s gardens and had tea among her flowers. Also, In my before motherhood years, I was a florist. For about ten years I designed arrangements for million dollar weddings, huge corporate events, high-end hotels, holiday walks, and more. With my maternal tendencies towards gardening and my floral training, you might guess that I have flowers in the house. You would be correct.
Every Monday I collect fresh flowers from my own gardens and place them in small “vases” around the house. Here are easy floral designing tips so you can enjoy your garden blooms indoors as well.
1. Start with a small opening container. I have tiny vintage bottles in the house. Two blooms in the bottle make a quick, easy, and beautiful arrangement. If you only have very large mouth containers, use this floral tip. Make a grid across the top of your vase with floral tape (or electrical tape.) Your grid will provide stability when you slip the stems in and make it easier for you to keep your blooms where you want them.
2. Almost every arrangement has background greenery, just like any plant. Start by putting your greenery in the vase first and shape it like an arrangement first. Hosta leaves are very good for this. Experiment with what you have on hand, my boys usually chose pine needles and shrubs. I always love to put tall grasses in mine because I like the wispy look.
3. Cut your stems on an angle just before placing them in your vase, this way the water can get to your flower. If you cut straight across, your flower stem touches flush at the bottom and very little to no water can enter, making your bloom die more quickly.
4. Just before placing your bloom in your vase, strip any bottom level greens that would be under water in the vase. They should not be in the water, they will just mold and mildew your water. An easy way to strip them is to pinch your thumb and forefinger and slide down to the bottom of the stem.
5. Technically you should use an odd number of blooms per arrangement, so 3 wild phlox, 5 lilies, 1 dahlia, etc. If you don’t trust your eye, go un-even number of blooms.
6. Have fun, experiment. Some flowers stink in an arrangement, they just die and wilt quickly. Who cares? Just try with what you have, replace what is dead. Using your surrounding non-sprayed non-toxic flowers are the BEST flowers you can use. You would be amazed by how many chemicals go into flowers from the store! My boys ages 5 and 7 made the first photo arrangements. So, go for it! For more info on flower arranging with kids check Rhythm of the Home’s article Mama and Child Flower Arranging.