Bringing in Beauty
I’m a proponent of bringing a bit of beauty into your space and have used bouquets of fresh flowers as a way of doing this for years now. I usually order just two bouquets for my house. One for my bedroom where I can wake up to it’s glory every morning and one in a common room for every one to enjoy. There’s just something about flowers that brings a room to life with color, beauty and a certain kind of serenity I’ve only ever found in nature.
Recently I started looking on Pinterest (of course) for some flower arrangement inspiration and decided after looking at a plethora of gorgeous bouquets to try my hand at designing a couple of my own. I’ve never had a ton of confidence in my flower arranging capabilities and have always felt it was something better left to the professionals. However, as I was perusing all the pretty bouquet pictures I happened across a ton of step by step guides and tutorials for DIY flower arranging like this one or this one . So I decided to screw up my confidence and give it a shot.
Once motivated, I was anxious to give it a go, so I headed right out to my local florist to pick up some blooms. I wasn’t confident enough to make my selection without the florists help though, so I would point to a bucket of flowers and look to her to confirm my choice. She was incredibly patient and extremely encouraging, even telling me that next time I was more than capable of making my selection on my own with no help from her. I gravitated towards the pale and creamy pinks, bluish greens and pink berries for one bouquet. For the second I went for more of a fall theme with oranges, creams and browns. Once they were picked out and wrapped up I couldn’t wait to get them home and start arranging.
Unfortunately, I forgot to ask what each of the flowers were that I chose for my bouquets but I do know that the first one included Hydrangea. I don’t know about you but I’ve always found them hard to keep alive for long once cut. The florist advised me to make a fresh cut vertically and horizontally in each stem before placing them in the water to help with this problem. The woody stems of the hydrangea make it hard for them to get enough water to the leaves and petals. By making these fresh cuts you’re giving it a better chance of surviving longer in your bouquet. She also told me you can take them out of the arrangement and soak them petal side down in a bowl of water to rehydrate them. I know, sounds crazy, but it really worked!
I really responded to adding berries, greens and cool leafy stems to my bouquets for added texture and dimension. I loved how I was able to shape the larger arrangement into a sort of dramatic sweeping silhouette by leaving the foliage stems longer and placed all together on one side of the vase while staggering the shorter berry and flower stems in front of them. With the smaller arrangement I tried to create a similar structure but ran into trouble with the size of my vase. It just wasn’t possible to put that much weight to one side of such a small vessel so I had to make the arrangement more evenly distributed so it wouldn’t tip over. What I came to realize from my flower arranging experiment is that you really can’t go wrong. You can get as wild or be as sedated as you like and your bouquets are still going to bring beauty and nature into your environment. And that is the point after all.