Fresh flowers are a necessity for me. They just make me happy! I usually opt for white roses or hydrangeas (because I have a serious thing for neutrals) in one arrangement on my coffee table and a couple of bud vases that I can move around as needed. That said, cut flowers do require a bit of care, and it can be hard to arrange them and get the look you want if you don’t have some florist tricks up your sleeve.
First, start with cool water in your vase. If you have a wide-mouthed container, you can make a grid out of tape over the top. Floral tape* exists and is a bit thinner than Scotch Tape, so you’ll have more room to insert the stems, but it’s not completely necessary.
Cut your flowers one at a time to the desired height and put them in the water right away. Give the stems a fresh cut even if you don’t want to change their length. If they’ve dried out at all en route to your home, this will let them to drink up more water.
The grid helps to evenly space the flowers and gets them to stand up, rather than fall to the outer edges of the vase. For reference, the opening of the container shown here (it’s actually a vintage cookie jar) is 5″ across, and I used 21 roses to make the arrangement. Some say flowers look better in odd numbers, and I agree when it comes to smaller arrangements of 1-7 flowers, but after that I’m not sure how much it really matters!
Keep your finished arrangement in a cool place, out of direct sunlight. Change the water and give the stems a fresh cut every two-three days to prolong the life of your blooms. Hydrangeas in particular like a fresh cut every day. Share photos of your arrangements with #tablesaltstyle!
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