Making an arrangement out of grocery store flower bouquets

Grocery store bouquets are an inexpensive way to bring color into our homes. Typically, they consist of the least expensive and longest lasting flowers on the market. They look promising in the wrapper, but when we get them home, we are often at a loss as to how to show them off. Here’s what I do:

Remove the flowers from the wrapper, snip about one inch of stem from each flower and soak all of them in lukewarm water for at least half an hour.

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Grab a vase. I am using one that is about 8″ tall and 4″ wide at the mouth. Don’t use anything bigger, as it will not be filled by the bouquet. Fill the vase about 3/4 with water. Some flowers, such as roses and hydrangea, drink lots of water, so keep adding fresh water.
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Make a “nest” from greenery found in your yard. This nest holds the flowers upright and in place. Some common greenery that works really well:
spring blooming vines
Oriental maple branches

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Snip the stems again and add your flowers. To avoid looking top heavy, place larger blooms at the base, smaller blooms up higher. Resist the urge to leave the stems long. Stems aren’t attractive in most grocery store bought bouquets, so cut off enough so that you can tuck the flower into the greenery that you placed as a nest. I removed at least 5″ of stem.

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Julianna and Tony

Thank you Julianna and Tony, for allowing me to provide flowers for your day. Peonies, Sweet Pea and Lily of the Valley….luscious!

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Julianna's wedding

Hello Dahlia!

Dahlias are officially in season! I love working with these delicate, intricate girls. They don’t last long but provide lots of wow in arrangements. I recently used them in two events- the Soloman wedding and in retirement party centerpieces.
Feast your eyes…

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Building a Container Garden for Ballard Designs

Caroline Inge, of Ballard Design’s blog How to Decorate, asked me to put together some container gardens for an
upcoming photo shoot on outdoor entertaining.

The containers arrived in flat boxes and had to be assembled:

I gathered together some lush plants. To create a cool palette, I used lots of greens, lots of texture,
and pops of blue for one container:


And contrasted that with a warm palette of vibrant pinks and purples and some interesting texture and form for a second container:


The results:



To view my tips for creating a classic, lush container garden, please visit: