This is the time of year to sit back and enjoy the fruits of gardening labors!
A stroll through the garden will reap lots of flowers to make arrangements with.
If you don’t have a garden spot, the local Farmer’s Markets can supply you with flowers for very little money.
So many people tell me how intimidated they are about arranging flowers.
Knowing how to support and keep the stems in place will take the mystery out of flower arranging.
Once you know these different tricks, your creations will have that professional look you want.
Floral Foam (the wet kind!!!)
This is by far the easiest way to create a formal arrangement. Floral foam lets you have the stems come out at angles. Your ability to control the arrangement is limited only by your artistic eye. Once you create the arrangement, keep the foam hydrated and it will last a pretty long time. Floral foam CAN NOT be reused successfully. This makes it sort of an expensive option. Amazon has the foam for a couple dollars a block. But the more you buy the cheaper it is….I just ordered 36 blocks for 20 bucks…but then….I do a lot of flower arranging!!!
A flower frog is a glass or metal object with holes in it to hold and support flower stems. There are glass, metal and ceramic frogs. It is a good idea to watch for them at the thrift store or yard sales.
Sometimes I use these as pencil holders.
According to hearthandvine.com “It seems that no one knows the origin of the term “frog,” though most agree it must have become a slang term for the fact that they sit in water, like a frog. … In the mid 1950s, however, a water-absorbent foam, called “Oasis,” was invented, driving the flower frogs to near extinction. ”
Tape Cross Hatch Grid
You can create a cross hatch of floral tape on the top of a vase if you have a lot of patience and dexterity.
Me….not so much! I never have seen the point of this.
But……if you are one of the many Mason jar lovers…..you can buy this insert to create a grid for your flowers. Not a bad idea.
Chicken Wire or Rabbit Fencing
Using chicken wire is a cost effective alternative to floral foam. It is not as easy to work with, but it makes a strong support grid for stems.
Chicken wire is kind of “pokey” and you need a tin snips to cut your piece to size.
Using plastic “rabbit fencing” solves those problems. The plastic can be used over and over again.
You can buy the plastic mesh fencing at most garden stores. 25 feet is a lot…maybe you could split it with a friend or two.
Since we have rabbits eating our plants…we had this lying around here!
The piece of the plastic is cut to size and pushed down into the container.
The flowers are easy to arrange using this grid support.
Foliage as Support
Sometimes you are working with a clear glass container. You don’t want to see the floral foam or wire. Using sturdy leaves from your perennial plants is a way to provide support. This works especially well with shallow arrangements.
Pachysandra, Hosta, a Peony leaves are especially good choices.
Curly Willow or Grape Vine
A twist of curly willow or grapevine inside a clear vase makes an interesting and organic support.
I didn’t have any example photos of my own…..so I went out and found these pretty ones. You do have to change the water often if you use this method because the willow or grape vine does “muddy” the water.
I hope these ideas are some you can use when you arranging your flowers.