For Mother’s Day this year, I took a floral arrangement 101 class with The Wild Bunch and I made my mother a flower arrangement (which she loved).
I’ll be the first to say I do not have a green thumb, in fact when I moved into my new apartment in April I swore I would not have any plants, pets or anything they could die. However I did manage to make a pretty decent looking flower arrangement, if I do say so myself.
Here are a few take aways I learned:
- Keep a simple color palette, but you can have a variety of flowers and foliage
- Fresh flowers have tighter bulbs and will last longer
Prepping the flowers
- Remove all leaves (and thorns) below the water line, this makes for easier arranging and a cleaner look
- Cut the bottom of the stems on a diagonal, the increased surface area will allow the flower to absorb more water
- Use luke warm water
Arranging the flowers
- Create a grid by crossing the foliage
- Insert the flowers into the grid at varying heights for depth
- Measure the stem lengths before you cut them
Maintaining the flowers
- Change the water every 2 days
- Remove stems as they die
- Recut the stems when you change the water to increase longevity of the flowers
If I can make a gorgeous flower arrangement, you can too!