Take a break from the stresses of the present and rest your mind on the splendor of a sunset, that sip of coffee, or—perhaps—the relaxation of arranging fresh flowers. Here are some steps to keep in mind.
1. Start with flowers and colors that make you feel good. Our local ranunculus, Canadian tulips, and peonies are a great place to begin. They’re colorful, seasonal, and can’t help but cheer you up.
2. Give them a fresh cut right when you get home and get them in water. Flowers don’t like sitting out of water, whether they sit in your car or on the kitchen counter. A clean, sharp cut is best and allows the stems to take up water. Dull cuts and mashed stems will shorten the life of your flowers.
3. Narrow-mouth jars and vases will hold your flowers more upright. Wide-mouth containers will require more stems and will generally give a more relaxed presentation.
Tip: Cutting thin strips of clear tape and taping a grid pattern over the mouth of the vase helps hold stems upright.
4. Always use flower food. It greatly extends the life of flowers.
5. Work towards an overall balanced appearance, not exacting symmetry.
6. Start with larger flowers first.
7. Relax and enjoy what you’re doing.
8. Re-cut the stems every few days to make your flowers last even longer.
9. Enjoy your flowers!