Spring Blooms Inspired 5 Live Floral Arrangements
Floral Arrangements with Live Flowers is a Spring Thing!
If you have seen my recent black iris hub then you know the reason it looks purple in the photos. You also need no explanation for my motivation to use cut flowers to make indoor floral arrangements.
The decision was made on a rainy afternoon when I could not be outside enjoying my garden. I watched the weather move in and wondered how many blooms would be left after the storm.
The thought of making some arrangements was a duh-uh moment, but it brought a bright ray of light to an otherwise dreary day. Once I began making them up I couldn’t stop.
They were too delightful not to make as many as possible. Oh for more time to give to making them!
Living Room Floral TutorialClick thumbnail to view full-size
First Floral Arrangement of the Day--Living Room:
This is a simple bouquet of cut flowers that includes the black iris mixed with peonies, miniature carnations, typical purple and lavender iris, with a Russian Iris as its crown.
Artfully arranging them in a clear glass vase was easy. Photographing this arrangement was a learning experience. This time of year there are enough flowers to fill many vases!
The fragrance of the peonies and carnations gives off an aroma that reminds me of some sort of delicious candy I’ve had in the past.
Hope you enjoy these photographs. I tried to shoot every angle and detail of this arrangement’s flowers that I could think of.
•Tip: don't be too picky about arranging the flowers, just enjoy the process.
DIY Dining Room ArrangementClick thumbnail to view full-size
Second Cut Flower Arrangement--Dining Room:
The rainstorm caused most of my snowball bush flowers to drop like snow on the mulch and my peonies to droop their little heads. What better way to perk things up than to use them in an arrangement that would salvage them?
Begin this live floral arrangement with a beautiful bowl. My footed oval shaped salad dish with embossed fruit on clear glass is one I enjoy having a chance to show off. A heavy but small, clear glass candle jar that would sit inside the larger bowl was easy enough to locate in my craft stash.
I had one especially large peony that I wanted to highlight. Sitting the candle jar in the middle, filling it with water, then surrounding it with snowball bush petals made a pretty setting for the peony.
Cutting the stem just short enough so it would not touch the bottom of the jar meant that the flower could sit securely on the jar rim.
• Tip: cutting stems on an angle allows them to absorb the most water, helping them to hold their petals longer.
When this peony drops its petals into the bowl onto the drying snowball petals, I’ll be able to replace that peony with a new one filled with the heady perfume that makes us want to head for Paris. After the season is over I’ll have a potpourri of white petals to remember them by!
Easy to Make Bedroom ArrangementClick thumbnail to view full-size
Third Flower Arrangement--Bedroom:
Three medium-sized peonies made the perfect bed side table arrangement.You can see in the photo montage that I placed a heavy duty votive holder inside a straight-sided candle holder,
After filling both containers with water I arranged the peonies on the outside edge, again cutting the stems just short enough so they wouldn’t touch the bottom, allowing the flowers to rest on the container.
Needing a bit of greenery, I ran back outside in the rain to snip a few sprigs of new growth from my glossy leaved camellias.
• Tip: be careful where you cut your greenery from the bush so it is not left misshapen.
Trimming them to fit in the middle, then around the edges gave just the right touch of bright green against the pale pink and white flowers.
What a pretty and fragrant arrangement for our bedroom! You can see its size compared to the 8 inch tall blue and white vase in the photos. You can also see that the raindrops hadn’t quite dried up!
Easiest Flower Arrangement to MakeClick thumbnail to view full-size
Fourth Cut Flower Arrangement--Foyer:
Have you ever heard of a floral frog? If not, check out the variety on Google images, from antiques to homemade. I am now privileged to own one from my side of the family and one from my husband’s side of the family, and am delighted to be able to hand one down to my daughter and second daughter (in-law)...later!
• Tip: vintage floral frogs are not very expensive so check out your local antique stores.
In the meantime, I find them very handy. My son gave me a graceful candle holder years ago that is about 6 inches tall with a wide mouth. It was just right for holding my small flower frog. I liked the size and shape of the holder so much that I still have it for projects like this one and, of course, it’s nice that it reminds me of him.
This particular peony was standing itself up while all the others were drooping. Large and fragrant, it fit nicely on the table in my front hall and filled the area with its heavenly fragrance right away. The flower frog allows me to use a small funnel to add water to the peony without disturbing it too much.
When peony season is over, the floral frog in this candle holder will help me arrange a big handful of tiny flowers and if someone reminds me I could then add a new flower arrangement to this hub.
Flower Frog TutorialClick thumbnail to view full-size
Fifth Flower Arrangement--Kitchen Table:
A tiny votive holder shaped like a fish bowl was just right for displaying some miniature carnations on the kitchen table.
The problem was that there is no flower frog that small, and the container is so small that even though the carnations are tiny, they would still be so top heavy that they would fall out.
Floral foam is not one of my favorite products so I did not have any on hand. What to do but improvise by making my own small flower frog?!
A strip of aluminum foil folded into a fat wire, then connected at each end to make a circle was a great start. I then formed the circle into a star-ish shape that was big enough to wrap down around the lip of the votive at its points.
Filling it with water and flowers worked beautifully. I’m not sure the miniature carnation buds will open, but they do add a nice touch to the nosegay-type arrangement.
• Tip: fragrant flowers are not the best for food areas so too many of these carnations would be too much for the kitchen.
Final Floral Arrangement Tips:
• It helps an arrangement last longer to trim flower stems about 1/4" each day. Instead of looking at this as tedious, I try to look at it as a chance to enjoying arranging the blooms again.
• Using a mister to moisturize the tops of the blooms in a climate controlled or dry environment can help them stay fresher longer.
A reader offered a tip on using a spoonful of vinegar in a flower arrangement. If you have tips on making or caring for fresh flower arrangements please feel free to share them in the comments section below.
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