There is something about fresh flowers … a little je ne sais quoi, a little something enchanting, uplifting, mood altering and comforting about a gorgeous bouquet of happy blooms on the kitchen table or in the living room or on my desk. Buying a bouquet of flowers at the grocery store is one of my favorite ways to brighten my whole being – I like to pick up a bunch at the beginning of my shopping trip so I can look at them the whole time I’m filling my cart. Sometimes, though, I’m totally over or underwhelmed by the choices at the grocery store and to be honest, I’m not that great at arranging flowers. So I asked Maria to come to the store with me and show me what to look for and then how to arrange them.
After a quick lap around the floral department, we decided to start with roses. Did you know to feel the base of a rose to determine how healthy it is? Gently pinch the bottom of the blossom – if it’s squishy, the flower is falling apart from the inside and won’t last very long!
Then Maria picked out white hydrangea for volume. She gently placed her hand over the blossoms to feel for overall firmness in the blooms. No wimpy hydrangea here!
Maria suggests at least three elements in any arrangement – so we looked for some filler.
I really liked this vibrant green – so thats what we got!
All in all, we ended up with 6 stems of hydrangea, 12 pink garden roses, 12 orange roses, a bunch of dried eucalyptus and a bunch of green filler for about $60 – a fraction of the cost the arrangements would cost pre-made! Also, you could do without one bunch of roses and one filler – but I wanted options!
Check out the galleries below for step by step instructions for each bouquet. hover over the slide show to pause or click the “next” button to move ahead.
This hand-tied bouquet is perfection in a ginger jar. Leave the stems long and let it lean OR cut them shorter for a more compact arrangement.
A base of three hydrangea keep this arrangement full of impact despite it’s compact nature.
The final bouquet is loose and fun – the roses and eucalyptus look like they’re playing in the tall vase.
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