We all know the old saying “April showers bring May flowers,” but why wait until May to start enjoying spring’s brightest blooms? Nothing heralds the arrival of spring quite like a fresh vase (or two!) of flowers around the house. However, you might feel a bit underwhelmed by those droopy bouquets at the supermarket. If you’d like to take a more DIY approach to flower arranging, here are our tips for building your own bouquet this season.
1. Pick Your Palette: Before you select any flowers, start by thinking about your color palette. Do you want something soft and pastel? Blooms with bold, bright hues to liven up a neutral space? Which colors will best complement the room where your bouquet will live? Heading to the garden or flower market with a color scheme in mind will help you narrow down your options and create a bouquet that looks sophisticated rather than scattered.
2. Stay Local: When it comes to choosing your flowers, keep things close to home. Local flowers will last longer than blooms shipped from overseas, so consider purchasing from a local flower farmer if possible. If you can snip a few stems from your own garden, even better! Buying or picking local also assures that all your flowers are seasonally appropriate, which helps the bouquet feel unified.
3. Gather Your Tools: Once you’ve got your blooms, it’s time to prep for arranging them! That means starting out with the right tools. You’ll need a sharp knife or pair of garden snips to give each stem a fresh cut, as well as a clean vase. Dirty vases can carry bacteria that will shorten the life of your flowers, so you might add a few drops of bleach to the water as you rinse them before and after use.
4. Build & Balance: Now it’s time to build your bouquet! Start by giving each of your flowers a fresh, angled cut at the base of the stem to promote efficient water uptake. You should also remove any foliage that will be underwater in the vase. Once your stems are prepped, place the largest and sturdiest ones into your vessel—these will serve as the anchors of your arrangement. With these focal points in place, structure the majority of the bouquet with medium-sized flowers and foliage. Finally, fill in any gaps with small accent stems. While you’re arranging, make sure that the colors and types of blooms are balanced throughout the bouquet.
5. Feed Your Flowers: Once your bouquet is complete, fill your vase with cold water (flowers can absorb it more easily than warm). You’ll want to mix in flower food, which contains sugar to feed your blooms as well as a bactericide to keep the water fresh. Change the water every 2-3 days, giving your stems a fresh snip at the base with each change.
6. Choose Your Location: For best longevity, select a place for your bouquet that’s cool, out of direct sunlight, and free from hot or cold drafts. If you’re displaying your bouquet in the kitchen, it’s also best to avoid placing your flowers near ripe fruits and vegetables, which give off ethylene gas that causes petals to drop early.
Are flowers already blooming where you are? Share your favorite stems for brightening the spring home in the comments!
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