Fresh flowers on the dining table, a kitchen island, a buffet, a night stand--you name it--is always cheerfully welcoming. If you don't have a flower garden, it's still very easy to pick up a lovely bouquet at a good supermarket. There are times, however, when you want that bouquet to have a little more pizzazz. I had often relied on florist for such a display. But frankly, that option has lost its appeal. Too often the results look cookie cutter. So I've decided to take on the art of fresh flower arrangement. You can too!
Here's how I started. But beware, you'll find some flaws and I'll point them out to you:
- Select a beautiful container. You may think this is a given but those nondescript, mass produced containers bought at floral shops boring. Check your shelves and just look around the house for a classy or fun container. I'm getting ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, so I've decided on a gorgeous glass bowl from Mikasa.
- Gather the tools you'll need. Hand held rose shear; green or white foam for fresh flowers; wire and tape. I had to include a glass 'liner' bowl because I don't want to ruin my Mikasa bowl with water deposit.
- Optional: I'm adding gold glass beads to put between the inner and outer bowls. I had some insane idea for the gold to sparkle through the Mikasa bowl when light hits it.
- Purchase flowers and greens that fit your design color idea and scheme. I cheated. My first bouquet I bought at Costco. You'll see the boo boo I made with that bunch later. It nagged at my artistic sensibility, so I bought another bouquet from Harris Teeter. As I said earlier, many good grocery stores will carry fresh flower bouquets. You can also go to a florist. Note you will probably need to add extra greens such as ferns or filler flowers, such as baby's breath or heathers.
- Tip: "Food" for the bouquets will come with your purchase. Often you can even get extra packets. Some mixes will cloud the water which you will see when using a glass vase. In these cases, instead, just add a little 7-UP or Sprite soft drink.
After gathering everything on my kitchen counter, I took a deep breath and jumped into the arrangement--and without more detailed instructions! Here's my boo boo:
It came no where near the fabulous vision that was floating in my head! It was too tall, too busy--and missing something. And so the reason for my trip to Harris-Teeter and a chat with the florist on duty. "Add you greens first," she said, with lots of responses that ended with "that depends" and "I would have to see your bowl." All this was preferenced with "Google fresh flower arranging." What a novel idea! Get instructions before proceeding.
I confess, I sometimes get great ideas and jump right into the project. After making mistakes or find the cart is in front of the horse, so to say, I then get instructions. If you suffer from this disease too, console yourself with "experimentation" is the best teacher!
Here's a good video on fresh flower arrangement. My take away from it is to 1) add your greens FIRST; 2) work in odd numbers, generally three; using wire and tape is very, very handy.
And here's my novice masterpiece fresh flower arrangement!
Okay, your turn. I know there is lot of room for improvement. I see at least two. Can you point out more? If there is a professional florist who was curious enough to read this post, thank you. But PLEASE be gentle and DO share your secrets to creating a dramatic fresh flower arrangement.
P.S. Just picked up my news flyer from Trader Joe's is offering 8-stem rose bouquet for $4.99. Don't stop there, other great supermarkets may also be offer good deals too. Novice to novice -- go for it!