Every two weeks in the winter I splurge on fresh flowers. It is a totally frivolous yet totally necessary expense for me. As someone who loves to grow flowers all Spring, Summer, and Fall, I can attest to the fact that winter is especially hateful for fresh flower lovers.
This Friday's fresh flowers are Stock, Waxflower, and Tulips. Three gorgeous flowers in light, pastel shades. These three are a beautiful mixture of light pink, deep pink and white.
For tall heavy flowers like stock and tulips I always use a flower frog. I have a few favorite antique flower frogs like the one pictured above. I cant remember where I found it but the metal is heavy and holds the stems nicely.
The Waxflower is beautiful and breathy with tiny juniper-like leaves. It is an evergreen that belongs to the myrtle family.
Stock is one of my favorites and a variety that I will be growing this summer in our cut flower garden. I tend to gravitate toward soft, pale, flower colors so I was really excited to find this gorgeous soft pink Stock.
Sadly, the grocery store managed to mangle it. They must have stacked it or otherwise jammed it up against other bouquets because it looks a little sad. Not to worry, Since I buy it almost every time I know that it will bounce back, fill out, and stand up straight with a fresh water and a little flower food.
The first thing I do is open up all of the stems and lay them out on the counter. I pull the vessel I am using to the edge of the counter for measuring stems. A good rule of thumb is that the arrangement should be one and a half times the height of the vessel you are using.
I start with the largest flowers with the most presence and hold it up to the container (at the level I would like it). The stock was the fullest flower so I started there. Next I layered in the WaxFlower and then popped in the tulips. This time, I was really going for a loose, just-picked, wildflower look. Nothing too formal or pretentious.
This arrangement needs a day or so to settle. The stock will stand up and the tulips will begin to open in about two to three days. After a week, I will take the stems out, change the water, and freshly cut the ends, and put them back. I am able to make arrangements last two weeks this way and end up only spending about $40.00/month on fresh flowers for the kitchen or breakfast area.
Do you love fresh flowers? Do you splurge on fresh flowers in the Winter like I do? Let me know in the comments below!
Hi! I'm Amy, the current owner of beautiful Boscobel Farm! Named the "beautiful woods" (Italian) in the early 1700's. Our nearly 60 year old home the newest structure to be built on the foundation of a historic Virginia Plantation.
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