Archive for April, 2011

Here’s a thought…

Boy, am I digging myself a hole. A big one. A whole lot of folks are probably gonna be very happy to give me the final push. (Maybe I should go back to writing romances!)

In the last blog I “suggested” it was okay to buy flowers at the grocery store. Now, I’m going to actually put in writing that you really don’t need flowers! 

There you go (I think I’m in free fall…) Here on the island we are surrounded by forest. It’s very easy to collect material just around your house: weeds, grasses, mosses, rotten wood, branches covered in lichens, a neat rock or two. You get the idea! The above picture is made with all kinds of things from the forest, but I had to include flowers. HAD to!!

No woods? Roadsides have all kinds of interesting things…

Just be careful you don’t do anything “illegal”!

If your home is decorated in a contemporary manner all you may need is a tall vase and an equally tall cluster of the same grass with seed heads!

If you’re a more traditional mind set incorporate a variety of things in an symetrical arrangement.

An asymetrical arrangement done in a relatively simple way gives you a more exotic look.

Think outside the box when you consider vases. Well, how about a box? Cover a jar with a favorite fabric or scarf held together at the neck with…string? more grasses? A milk carton (use a glass container inside. You don’t want bacteria growth to kill your flowers!) a pitcher. A plastic cylinder from your desk. A basket. You get the idea.

Have fun!!  Enjoy!!!

Pipper


Shhhhh. Don’t let this get out!

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Shhhhhh. Don’t let this get out. Puleeease!!!! My fellow florists will disown me. They will put out a hit on me. Heaven forbid, my wholesalers won’t let me in their doors!!

So. Here goes. It really IS okay to buy flowers at the grocery store. Really. At the grocery store.

I know, I know. I’m a drama queen. What woman isn’t?

Why do I stick my neck out on this one? Because I want everyone to enjoy flowers in their homes. Flowers should be a staple item, like buying ketchup! Just like yogert or cheetos or chocolate.

Who can afford to buy a $50 arrangement every week? Well, some folks can. But most of us can’t. Especially in this economy. So go to the grocery store. Buy the $19 wrapped flower pack. Take it home. Cut off the bottom inch of stem. Put it all in a rehydrating solution immediately. (I guarantee – if you do this, the cells in those stems will open up and guzzle down nutrient enhanced water and last a lot longer! (If you can’t find rehydrating solution then just use the fertilizer pack from the grocery store that comes with the flowers!)

But for special occasions, say once a month, (I’m being overly optimistic here), ask your florist to make a really crative design for you. A special one. Not a run of the mill – I’m in a hurry – one. Ask her(or him!) to make sure the flowers have been rehydrated and fertilized. It wouldn’t hurt to spray the finished bouquet with a solution to help them retain their moisture, too.

By doing this you support your local business (we all need help here!) and remind your florist to use proper preservation techniques so your flowers will last longer. After all, you paid $50 for that bouquet! (And your florist’s reputation will be enhanced as well!)


THANK YOU!

 Hi everyone. I just found out that I’m supposed to reply when someone comments on the blog! You can only imagine the rolling eyes and pursed lips my web master and daughter threw my way when they found out I didn’t know this very standard, common courtesy.

So! THANK YOU all for commenting on this blog!!!! I love to hear from each and every one of you and sincerely hope it makes you smile and maybe give you some insight into the wonderful world of flowers. From now on I promise to REPLY!

Oh, this  picture was taken by my husband outside our house. Pretty cool, huh?

Enjoy the flowers! Pipper