Us girls sure love pretty flowers whether they’re a single rose, an extravagant bouquet, or a one of a kind center piece. They just light up the room and bring out our smiles. I have to be honest though, I don’t typically buy many flowers or plants for that matter, due to their short life spam. Turns out, I’ve been doing it wrong all along. After our floral workshop with the knowledgeable Paula from Bobbie’s Flowers, I learned how to make a gorgeous arrangement but most importantly make it last. Keep reading to see what I learned from the workshop.
First things first. As soon as you get your fresh flowers cut the tips diagonally and place in fresh water then store in a freezer.
Tip: Clean out the water every day and use a tad of bleach to keep bacteria from adding up. Cutting the tip every day or two helps them draw water better and makes your flowers last longer.
When making a floral arrangement with a variety of flowers, you’ll want to have 3 different types and divide them accordingly:
- Main Flowers/ Large Statement (think Dahlias, Daisy, Pincushion)
- Secondary Flowers/ Small ( think Heliotrope, Iris, Delphiniums)
- Greenery (Boneset, Salal Leaves, Forrest Fern)
Start with half the greenery but leave some for the end to fill in the spots.
Note: Use a counter to measure where the stem should be cut. Remove any foliage on stems below the water mark as it creates bacteria.
This is where you get creative. Arrange your main flowers where you’d like, add in the smaller flowers, and end with the rest of your greenery.
The fun part about this is we all had the same flowers but each of our arrangements looked different. Some were taller some were shorter. A few kept theirs more simple where as I went for a full blown dimensional piece. At the end these are flowers, you can’t go wrong. They’ll look beautiful regardless.
Huge shot out and endless thank you’s to our instructor Paula with Bobbie’s Flowers Kim with Clothes Minded Boutique and Melissa Moore who put this workshop together for a fun knowledgeable class. Make sure to follow them along on social media for upcoming events workshop, and contests. Or you can download their app to receive a free bouquet.