Hey there! Have you seen all the closet posts from earlier this week? You MUST check out those links! I’m truly inspired!
I took the dog out this morning (without a coat!) and couldn’t help but notice all of the buds on the trees and plants!! Uhh, am I wrong or is it still February? It has been the mildest winter for us, and I although I thought for sure we’d get a nasty dose of not-so-fast by now, so far so good.
It’s been so nice lately, I can’t help but get excited about spring. Normally that would be just cruel, but this year, it seems more acceptable. ;)
I love adding fresh flowers where I can in the house, but it’s usually in the kitchen, where we can enjoy them best. I have a couple places I love to keep flowers in there, no matter what time of the year. They just make me HAPPY.
I’ve shopped a few places over the years, and our local florist has an incredible selection, but they are not cheap. I always end up going back to Trader Joes – their prices can’t be beat! They make it easy to add some fresh around here.
For years I wasn’t great at arranging flowers, but over time I’ve figured out tricks that work. I started with a simple bouquet for only $4:
My first step is always to use the floral “food” they put in with the flowers. Although I’ve heard if you just crush up regular aspirin -- it inhibits the growth of bacteria and keeps them pretty longer.
I can usually keep flowers for about two weeks, and even then they are still looking OK, they just kind of start falling apart.
And 90 percent of the time, I’m a all one flower kind of girl – I think an arrangement of one type and color makes a BIG impact.
I used to just take them out of the package and plop them in:
But really, they don’t look too happy that way. ;)
So I start snipping (I hear cutting them at an angle under water is best) until they are the height I want. And I separate each stem so I can put each one individually:
I like to cut the ones in the middle a bit taller than those on the sides, so they make a nice mound of flowers. :)
I also pull off most leaves, at least those that will be under the water:
I heard once that it helps the water from getting mucky and it works well for me.
But this time, I had some green mums I was going to use elsewhere, and decided they would look pretty perfect combined with the purple (say that three times fast):
The $13 Target version has held up great:
I also picked up some forsythia at TJ’s, which I’ve never tried. I wanted a tall skinny vase for that one and remembered a cheapy one I’ve had in my stash:
I think it came with Valentine’s flowers (thanks dear!) and I’ve always loved the lines of it. It just needed some updating.
I primed it once, and then used my gold Valspar spray paint from Lowes to give it a little makeover:
I think the design is just the coolest!
I’m not sure how long it will take the buds to open, but you can already see the yellow peeking out a bit:
I’m hoping in a couple weeks it will look something like this:
Have you ever tried forcing forsythia?
When it’s in the budget, a few flowers go a long way to making me and our space happier. ;)
It also helps when I clean off the MASSIVE PILE on the island too:
Just sayin’. And that’s totally free. Gah.
Another little trick I sometimes use is to put a plastic grocery bag down in the vase if the flowers are too short. It gives them something to “stand” on and makes them even fluffier. :) And I love me some fluffy flowers.
Do you treat you and your house to flowers every so often? Do you have a favorite?Any floral arranging tips? Do tell!!
And now let us all send good vibes to Mother Nature so she continues to be oh-so-kind. ;)