|Wednesday What's New: Rethinking Flower Arrangements|
|Written by Heleigh Bostwick Wednesday, 09 September 2015|
Some people prefer to leave their flowers in the garden to gaze at from afar, but I prefer to bring my flowers into the house. That’s why, for me, one of the best perks of having a flower garden is always having a source of fresh flowers. The beautiful colors, shapes, and fragrance of flowers always give me a boost no matter what my mood. I have a pretty good eye for arranging flowers but on occasion I like to try something different. Maybe you do too.
Flower arranging is not that complicated really. Snipping a few flowers from garden or field and placing them in a vase or even a tall glass usually does the trick, but what if you’re in the mood to impress yourself or someone else? No problem. Here are a few ideas from two Vancouver B.C. based floral designers who have been in business for more than 20 years.
The first is to float a single flower like a peony or rose in a bowl of water. Or, try floating an odd number of smaller flowers. Flowers that are round in shape and somewhat “robust” are better suited to floating in water. Another trick is to use an unconventional vase, such as an old bucket or ceramic crock, watering can, an antique pitcher, or even shot glasses for smaller flowers. Also think about mixing it up with color or flower shape combinations you might not normally consider, for instance tall spikes with round button shapes. Finally, consider how flower color sets the mood. Cooler colors like blues and pale pink and violet evoke a different mood than warmer colors like orange, red, and white.