One of our favorite accessories from the summer was fresh flowers! It started when our back yard had it's spring bloom. Some of the Peony bushes had so many flowers they were falling over, so we started cutting them and putting them in bud vases and bowls around the house. We got so spoiled with the fresh flowers that the house felt a little empty when our bushes stopped flowering and just sported green leaves. I had a great excuse for me to buy Katrina flowers and earn bonus husband points! We don't have a budget for getting imperial roses every few weeks so I stick to the simple arrangements I come across at Target or the grocery store that are under $10.
It worked out quite nicely to buy an arrangement every 3 weeks or so until one day I came home with flowers to see that Katrina had also bought flowers to spruce the place up. Two bouquets of flowers is not a bad thing, but we were a little sad we spent 6 weeks of flower money all at once. Katrina has agreed to warn me if she buys herself flowers in the future, and we agreed I'd keep surprising her with some! The two bouquets were pretty big so we ended up making three arrangements out of them for the living room, bedroom, and master bathroom.
- Arrangements usually come with multiple types of flowers. Try separating each type and making a vase of just one kind.
- Cut the flowers to different lengths to help them fit in the new vase. Always cut at a 45° angle to the stem.
- Clip the entire stem off of larger flowers and put them in a small bowl of water for a votive look.
- Try putting large flowers singularly in their own vase.
- Think outside the box for vases - jars, bowls, glasses, pipes, or anything that can hold water will work!
- Always add fresh water and some flower food to the new containers.