An Expert’s Advice on How-To Create Arrangements at Home
Read My Tips and Steps
We’ve all been there before: Standing next to our shopping carts, blocking half the aisle at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods, contemplating which bouquet of flowers we think would brighten up our kitchen or home office best. Amiright? After what seems like forever, you tote them home, tear off the packaging, and pretend you know what you’re doing as you shake out the white powder, and plop them into whatever vase you can find.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve already imagined these flowers will instantly look like something out of a Martha Stewart magazine! (I dream big, if you can’t already tell, haha).
But, I always seem to put my $10 bouquet to shame.
A few weeks ago, Bobbie’s Flowers and Marketplace invited me over to share a few simple tips and tricks they use to pump longevity into their California-grown blooms. Paula, the top expert and co-owner, showed me how to cut, prep, arrange, and display some of my favorites, like Gerbera Daisies and floral Kale!
A few tips I discovered at Bobbie’s Flowers were:
Separate the bouquet into main flowers, secondary or smaller flowers, and greenery.
Trim the bottom of the stems at an angle, until the stems shows white.
Allow no leaves to touch the water, only stems. This keeps bacteria at bay, allowing only fresh water to nourish your arrangement.
Use flower frogs, floral foams, floral wire, and floral tape to create the shape and effect of your floral design.
Paula was one of the most down-to-earth teachers you can have. And I mean that honestly, and as a pun. Get it? Down-to-earth? Haha. She taught me some unforgettable basics, you need to know.
The Basics of Floral Arrangement:
After you’ve separated the store-bought bouquet, fill a clean vase of any kind first with greenery. (Paula’s tip: swish water and a splash of bleach to disinfect the vase and let air-dry. Clean vases are essential in maintaining the fresh water that flowers draw from. Bacteria more than time are what make your flowers wither and waste.) Large green leaves act as a supportive foundation to your main flowers. Don’t be afraid to bend them over the lip of the vase. And, remember, no leaves in the water.
Next, in a cross-cross manner begin placing your secondary flowers into the vase. Think of making an “X” inside the water if you were looking at the vase’s profile. Arrange around the lip of the vase.
Then, add the main, or largest flowers last. A good rule of thumb: cut the tallest flowers 2x as large as your vase. When flower arranging, less is more. Always cut less of the stems before you get all floral sheer happy. You can always trim more away, but if you cut too much stem off, you may need to use another vase or your flowers will be too short. If the flowers flop about, add more greenery into the negative spaces. Your greens can droop for a bohemian effect, or be tight and tidy for a more traditional approach.
If you don’t have one vase that fits your bouquet, use a cluster of small vases to create something lovely. Old coffee or tea tins, a fish bowl, teapots, or even stained drinking glasses can add a touch whimsy to the overall arrangement.
Bobbie’s Flowers offers beautiful boquets, single stem orders, and a variety of home goods. Download their app to receive a free bouquet, and let them know if you’re interested in ordering a monthly floral subscription. With their helpful and knowledgeable staff, it’s no wonder they are growing! Monthly subscriptions are in the works for this charming shop!
Tried some of these tips?! Tag me and Bobbie’s Flowers on Instagram and share the beauty! A HUGE thank you to Bobbie’s and my beautiful blogger babes for a wonderful and educational morning!