Flower arranging is a unique skill. Once that can take many years to commercially good at. As professional floral arranger at http://flowersbypost.org we often get asked for our advice and tips on how the receivers of bouquets can make the best out of arranging their flowers.
There is nothing worse than receiving a gorgeous bouquet of flowers, bringing out your favourite vase, arranging your flowers but left with gaping holes in your floral display.
Does this happen to you? Yes frustrating isn’t it?
Well today we’ve got some awesome tips to help you solve those common flower arranging problems.
There is nothing worse that placing your bouquet in a special vase and then not being able to arrange the flowers in a way that does your flowers any justice. Either you experience gaps in your bouquet or you just cannot seem to fit in the odd flower and get it exactly where you want it.
Once of the best tips we give out is once you receive a bouquet don’t rush to cram it in your vase. Lay out all of the flowers on some newspaper. Sort the flowers into different categories. Those categories should be by length of stem and also the strength of the stem.
What we want to do first is to start creating our bouquet by placing our medium sized stems in the vase first. This will give us our starting point and a level base from which to build from. As always make sure you prune or cut off any protruding stems or leaves that will sit below the top of the vase.
Many people also believe that each flower should be placed straight up and down. This is one mistake that can ruin your arrangement. As you place each flower individually, be sure to place each alternative flower in a diagonal fashion. After you’ve place a few more flowers it will look like the stems actually criss cross each other.
If you have many flowers in your soft stem category, you can now place those in your vase and placing them next to your stronger stems will help. Another great tip is to also place those soft stems around the edges of your vase. This will help some of them lean over giving you a nice draping look to your arrangement.
We hope these tips are going to help you with your flower arranging skills!
The trends in the flower industry are not different to the trends that happen in fashion or music. Its a never ending cycle of what’s in and what’s not. What was popular last year may not be this year.
Often things that was popular 20 or 30 years ago can find itself back in favour in modern times. as we said, it goes in cycles.
So whats hot for 2020?
Stems that Speak Volumes
One of the upcoming trends in the floristry market are stems. What we means is that bigger and bolder is becoming more popular. Long stems and large floral heads are quickly replacing the smaller flowers we’ve been used to seeing.
Over the years the plain old vase had one job to do, hold the flowers in water and not fall over. These days though more emphasis is being placed on the vase itself. The vase can also become an important part or even the centrepiece of any beautiful bouquet. You can be very artistic with your vases and experiment with many shapes, colours and vase designs for the ultimate look and feel.
Have you ever received a gorgeous bouquet from a friend, lover or partner that you held onto for dear life? You loved the bouquet so much you wanted it to stay with you for as long as possible. Well no one says you have to throw it away. Flowers can be recycled and dried and kept for many years. Imagine treasuring that prized bouquet forever!
Doing More with Less
You don’t always have to go overboard and purchase bouquets that are over flowing with flowering beauty. In a world where we all have too many things, minimalism is becoming a lot more popular. You can create or buy a minimalistic bouquet and still make a powerful statement with it.
What a gorgeous time of the year Spring and Summer are. Blue skies, warm subtle winds, the birds singing from early morning and nature both domestically and in the wild full of beautiful colours and smells from flowers and plants.
Thats all very nice but many people spend most of their day at work coupled up inside. It can feel very frustrating being locked up for 8 hours with glances out of the window bing your only connection to the gorgeous nature that lies outside.
So what can you do for your workplace or office?
How about brightening up the place with a selection of bright beautiful blooms?
Bringing some brightly coloured plants and flowers into your workplace can bring a taste of nature into your workday.
So what are the best flowers that are well known for their brightness?
From the Amaranthaceae family this gorgeous coloured flower actually looks like the human brain. This is one of the most sensitive flowers when it comes to bacterial growth. So if this becomes one of your picks you will need to make sure that all due care is taken to keep the vase and water clean from bacteria.
This is a fantastic choice of flower to bring into your workplace or office. It comes in so many different colours and shapes making it a popular choice amongst many. The bright yellow version of this flower is a favourite and did you know that the Chrysanthemum is one of the most purchased flowers all over the world. There are many wonderful things regarding this flower, it is very popular in Asia especially Japan where is stands for happiness. It is also one of the few flowers that lasts over the normal 10 day timeframe. Care should be taken when placing into a vase. You want to make sure you trim off any leaves or branch stems that would be below the vase opening.
This gives you a two great choices for brightening up your day and bringing a taste of nature into work.
So, you’ve just received the most amazing and beautiful bouquet of flowers. You’re overjoyed and extremely happy. Then you realise that you smashed your favourite vase 2 weeks ago as you were spring cleaning!
Where are you going to put those gorgeous flowers?
Believe it or not, choosing the right vase to match your bouquet of flowers is an art all of itself. Choose the right vase and you can enhance your flowers. Choose the wrong wrong and your flowers won’t shine and look as good as they could.
So, today, we’re going to give you some helpful and handy advice on choosing the best vase to make the most out of your fresh bouquet.
Our first concern is what size of vase should we buy. We arrive at that answer by looking at the size or height of the flowers stems. You want to follow the rule so that your vase one and a half times the height of your flower stems.
You will also need to assess the vases’s opening and also not the diameter of the flower stems. You don’t want a small opening because it will limit the room and space you have to arrange your bouquet.
If your bouquet of flowers contains long stemmed flowers such as the sunflower or the lily, then there is a special type of vase you can buy for those specific flowers. That vase is called a ‘column vase’. This type of vase is really useful in supporting those long stemmed flowers.
Some vases can become unstable when you have a large bouquet of flowers placed in them. The last thing you would want is your flowers toppling over and spilling 2 week old flower water that smells grotesquely pungent! If you want to play it safe then you can opt for the hourglass vase. This vase is very sturdy and will do just the job for flowers that can be a little top heavy.
Round vases, which look like golf fish bowls can become a nice feature as you can also get creative with other items that you can place in there.
That concludes todays advice on vase buying and hopefully that gives you enough information to make your purchase!