Fresh flowers in my home, especially in the summer, are almost a necessity of life. Nothing freshens up a room like a beautiful vase of fresh flowers. But when the garden isn’t in bloom, or if I am looking for something I don’t grow, I buy flowers from the grocery store. If you’re fortunate to live near a Trader Joe’s… congratulations, they have the best selection of cut flowers and they’re ridiculously inexpensive ($4.99) You don’t need to spend a fortune on fresh flowers when you can use pretty much use any type of flower from your local market to create a beautiful arrangement. Here are a few tips and great little “how to” video I hope will inspire you to create your own beautiful arrangement this weekend.
- Buy what you can afford
- If you are choosing the “3 bunches for $12” at your local supermarket, stick with one color. Single color bouquets are the way to go.
- When you are picking out your flowers, pull the cellophane down and make sure the leaves on the stems have not wilted.
- If you are buying a pre-arranged bouquet, you never want to leave them as they are when you buy them. They end up looking stiff. Pull them apart and rearrange them in your vase.
- As soon as you get home from the grocery, put the flowers in water.
- Remove any leaves that will be below the water line.