As a floral designer, I have lots of very simple designs which you can easily create at home. I made these small hand-tied bouquets which anyone can do.
Flowers sold at grocery stores are provided by the same florist wholesalers where local florist shops and wedding florists have accounts. So when people say, “they’re grocery store flowers,” they don’t realize the local florist got their flowers from the same source.
If you happen to have a Wegmans or Whole Foods in your area, check out their floral department. Their flowers are always fresh due to a consistent turnover. Ask when they get deliveries and buy flowers on that day after they have been unpacked and conditioned.
First, purchase the 3.9″ bubble vases that I used–you can purchase them here. A set of 12 is under $28.00 and they’re made in the USA. ($2.28 ea.) This price isn’t too much more than what I purchased mine for at a wholesale price.
For each bubble vase, use 6 fresh roses with a touch of foliage and filler flowers. Bunch the stems together and wrap with waterproof floral tape (sold here). Cut all stems at an angle with pruners (sold here) and place in a bubble vase filled half way with fresh water treated with floral food (sold here). To preserve your fresh flowers for a few extra days, it’s worth it to buy Crowning Glory (sold here). If you don’t use Crowning Glory, lightly mist roses with water daily.
Transporting Flowers: Place vases in a sturdy cardboard box and pack with packing paper around each vase. If you have guests over for dinner, they can each take a vase home with them, especially since this size is easy to transport in a car.
I’ll be posting floral design tips weekly.
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