Bright Blooms For All Occasions


Spring is in the air! This is my favorite time of the year, but it does not have to be spring to display fresh flowers in your home or at your next small event. Having just a little knowledge in flower arranging can go a long way towards creating beautiful and professional looking flowers for any occasion.


Here are my top five to fresh cut flowers:

1. Embrace what month you are in. Picking flowers that are in season will help to save you money. March is a great time for magnolias, ranunculus, tulips, and peonies.

2. Process your flowers prior to starting your arrangement. Not only will it look better, but also your flowers will last longer. This includes removing all leaves and thorns below what will be the waterline and cutting a fresh end on each stem.

3. Not all flower stems are alike; some can be quite thick and hard to cut. Investing in good sharp scissors is a must! To keep them in tiptop shape be sure to clean and dry them well before putting away each time.

4. Start smaller and more compact with your arranging if you are new to working with fresh flowers. As you gain experience and confidence, you can start to incorporate larger looser arrangements.

5. Break the rules as far as containers go. If you have a waterproof liner that will fit in something you want to use, go with it (cowboy boots, diaper cakes, golf ball baskets, outdoor pots, mason jars, the sky is the limit!). Don’t let yourself be limited by the traditional crystal vase.


-Kathryn Ruth


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