10 Floral Arranging Tips for Beginners

Have you ever cut a bunch of pretty blooms from your garden and then had no idea what to do with them? They just flop over in the vase and look like a mess, nothing like what you imagined. Never fear! With these tips, you can instantly improve what sits on your table. Welcome to the beautiful world of floral arranging! 

1. Create an armature. An armature is anything you put inside the vase to help the flowers stay where you want them. Every vessel has a different shape and may require different materials to help create a bit of structure. I often use floral tape to create a crisscross grid pattern at the opening of the vase. Chicken wire is another popular option.  

2. Clean those stems. Remove any lower leaves or blooms that will fall below the water line. Any greenery left floating around will rot, fast. Flowers do not respond well to dirty water. Another reason to clean stems is to keep them from snagging on other blooms. While arranging, you will be...

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Tips and Tricks to Enjoy Those Tulips

 

Tulips are such a durable and versatile flower. In your garden you’ll notice that they are a very long-lasting flower. They can also be found in every grocery store and floral shop in the spring, and thanks to their incredibly long growing season, they’re often available as early as late-January all the way through May. You can even find some of the more common varieties way out of season since it’s such a popular flower for wholesaler greenhouses. All of those reasons and more is why I chose tulips for our Spring 2020 box.  

We've gone crazy for tulips this season, and we want to share all of the fun, extra info you need to enjoy them as well. 

Cutting from Your Garden 

Your yard is finally awash in springtime color, and you want to bring some of it inside. Before you start snipping, you need to keep a few things in mind.  

Start with a bucket of cold water. Tulips are spring flowers, and they love that cold, winter runoff....

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How to Care for Blossoming Branches

Have you walked through your neighborhood lately? Many of us aren’t going far these days, but I hope you’ve been able to spot some spring magic happening around town. I love this time of year. My magnolia tree is blooming, and I recently put in some beautiful lilac bushes that are now putting on a show.

If you’re lucky enough to have access to some awesome blooms like these, you might naturally want to bring them inside to enjoy. We’ve posted some great info recently on how to care for spring flowers, but blossoming branches have even more specialized needs. Treat them right, and they’ll add height and charm to your tabletop creations.

When creating a mixed arrangement, you need to ensure that everything is drinking equally, otherwise some blooms might start drooping sooner than others. The most important way to keep flowers healthy and happy is always hydration, and that’s what all of these tips are about: how to keep branches drinking so that...

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The Truth about Those Stinky Lilies

When handed a bouquet of flowers, your first instinct might be to bend down and take a deep breath. Flowers smell good, right? Or maybe you’re remembering the Easter lily on Grandma’s table that you thought stunk to high heaven. And you might be surprised to learn just how many flowers have no smell at all. Flowers vary wildly in many aspects, and smell is no exception.  

So, why is that? Most flowers out in nature have an aroma. This isn’t meant for us. Just as they use bright colors, flowers use smells to attract pollinators. These can be very specific, meant to appeal to only one insect or bird. Knowing this, it’s unsurprising that you might take a whiff of a flower and find it absolutely revolting. Really, it’s kind of amazing that we do find so many floral aromas appealing.  

That's out in the wild, though. The majority of flowers that you buy from a florist or in the grocery store don't have a smell. Some years ago, I worked in...

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My Top 5 Favorite Spring Flowers

When you think of spring, flowers might be one of the first things that come to mind. There are so many amazing blooms this time of year! After a long, gray winter, nothing warms the soul more than blossoms dotting the landscape in bursts of colors. It was nearly impossible to narrow it down, but I managed to choose my top five favorite spring flowers. 

Hellebore 

My first pick is unique as both a winter and spring flower. It blooms much earlier than most flowers, literally popping out of a thin layer of snow at times. The hellebore comes in so many fun varieties, from doubles with extra layers of petals to special jewel-toned varieties. There are purples, raspberry pinks, greens, and even white ones with cute little speckles. You will find the hellebore all over landscapes because they are hardy little things. I have a couple in my yard that were neglected, yet are still thriving beautifully. In arrangements, the hellebore adds a touch of elegance. Read more about this...

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3 Common Mistakes to Avoid with Spring Flowers

Spring is such an exciting time. Leaves bud, trees blossom, and we finally get some color added to the browns and grays of winter. You are hopefully enjoying the amazing variety of blooms that this season brings. To help you along, here are some mistakes to avoid in the spring so that the flowers on your table can be happy and healthy.

1. Don't Use Warm Water

Spring flowers are used to that cold winter run-off. When you bring them home and cut their stems, make sure that the first thing they drink up is cold water. That first trim makes them very thirsty, and they’re going to hydrate their best and live the longest if they’re put in cold water immediately. Warmer water will also rot the stems of spring blooms faster. It’s okay if the water turns lukewarm after sitting out for a bit, just remember to use cold again when topping off the vase. Save the warm water for summer flowers.

2. Don’t Miss Out on The Bounties of Spring

When picking out flowers at the...

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Sneaky Spring Flowers that Are Actually Poisonous

My garden is coming to life. Right now, I’m enjoying the hellebore blooms, and my witch hazel is absolutely stunning. When admiring the spring blooms around you, the last thing on your mind is probably poison. Since we humans don’t typically consume flowers, it usually isn’t a huge concern to have something poisonous growing in the flower bed. However, knowing which blooms are toxic keeps more than just people safe. 

Why Does It Matter?  

First, it is always good practice to keep poisonous plants out of reach from children and pets. You know not to feed your dog chocolate, and you may have heard to keep poinsettias up during the winter, which is easy to remember thanks to their deadly sounding name. Kids can also have incredibly self-destructive behaviors. Just as you teach them not to eat just any berry they find on a plant, you should help them steer clear of poisonous blooms until they learn not to stick every last thing in...

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How to Transport Floral Arrangements

If you’ve ever transported a floral arrangement in your car, you might have encountered some of the issues I’ve had. Flowers can get crushed or dried out. Water can spill and slosh to the back of your car, and even if you think it’s all cleaned up, you’ll definitely miss some and get a stinky surprise in a week. Luckily, there are some tricks you can use to keep your flowers fresh and keep your car from turning into a swamp. 

Lower the Water Level 

Before your arrangement ever reaches the car, prepare it by changing the water level. Keep the level as low as possible. Even just a little water in the bottom will slosh around quite a bit, but it will keep your flowers fresh and happy.  

If you won’t be in the car for long, you can empty out all of the water, but keep in mind that flowers can dehydrate very quickly. Whether you’re buying a bouquet in a shop or pulling your own arrangement out of a vase to give to a friend, never...

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