You’ve seen those amazing floral displays or bunches of mixed flowers at the supermarket, but when you get them home and you try to arrange them in a vase they just well, flop and look well, odd. Flower arranging doesn’t have to involve multicoloured flowers, wire and oasis. You don’t need a cupboard full of different sized vases. I love having flowers at home and only fresh ones, they look beautiful and they inspire me to be creative. I think that flowers can brighten a mood and a room, they are nature’s beauty and I know I’m not the only one. These days you can get some beautiful flowers at reasonable prices at your supermarket. If you have ever wondered quite how to display them simply then here are some tips.
Keep it simple
Use just one bunch of flowers that are the same. You don’t need to buy different types they are more difficult to arrange and actually a bunch of one type of flower looks simply stylish.
Use what you have
No vase? Use a jug, or a storage jar, a mini bottle for a single stem.
After you have cut 3cm off the bottom of each stem at a diagonal angle, you might want to think about how to arrange the stems best. For certain flowers like tulips, I keep all the stems around the same length. But with roses, sometimes they look better in a vase/jug at different lengths.
For a basic guide I think of cutting them so that they are in a triangle or pyramid shape in height. Like the roses below, the point of the triangle being in the middle. Then you get a good fan shape and can see each bloom as they open out. Like most design, it works best in an odd number, think of working in thirds cross an arrangement.
Use the unexpected
You don’t need to use only flowers. Gather some branches or weeds for dramatic impact.
Add some foliage to a some of blooms from your garden, if you have one.
If in doubt, bigger is best
The one vase I would have is one that can handle tall stems, if you want drama or have a large space to fill, go big. Lilies, gladioli, long stems and dramatic colour.
Simple creativity – flower arranging to me means 1 type of flower, 1 or two colours. No faff, working with what you have and not stressing.
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