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Monday, May 26, 2014

How to make your own flower arrangements and keep them fresh for long Tips


You can easily make unique beautiful flower arrangements with cut flowers right from your garden or loose flowers bought from the market and do away with the expensive bouquets available that range from Rs 500 to thousands of rupees. Ever wondered how flowers stand out and arrangements look firm and beautiful even after a day or two. Follow some simple guidelines.
Materials for flower arrangements-  You will need some twines, thin threads that are strong and wire mesh that holds the long flower stems in place for flower arrangements in a basket or vase. Satin or silk ribbons or colorful fluorescent  ribbons. Gelatin paper or gift wrapper if you wish to give the bouquet as present. A vase, tall or wide mouthed depending upon the type of garden flowers you have. Basket of straw matted( available in market )   if you are gifting this.
Dahlia Flower
Cut flowers early morning when they bloom fresh, and immediately put them in container with water. Start with wet sponge along with wire mesh in the basket and begin piercing flower stems in the wet sponge. Tall one side, or on one side or in centre. Now select small sized flowers and put them aside in circular arrangement or with any specific pattern you have in mind for the gift basket of flowers. Add some glamour by tying silk ribbons to the handle or soft thermocol beads, little glitter powder on the flowers. Wrap with colorful gift wrap paper if required. IMPORTANT- keep adding some water to keep the sponge wet , the flowers will last for a week. Gifting some one the bouquet , keep spraying some fresh water with sprinkler to keep the flowers fresh for longer.
Marigold Jhendu flowers

For the vase same procedure to be followed except you may not add sponge but direct water to fill up the pot. Here the flowers fall over the mouth of the vase and need no special tying or holding.
Important tip for flower arrangements in vases - Select long flower stems or small flowers depending upon the vase you have. Wide mouthed vase select small stems of roses , chrysanthemums or tube roses. Long tall vases go very well with longer stem flowers like rajni gandha, calla lilly, gladiolus and lily or Amaryllis flowers.
Canna Fowers
Important tip if you have small flowers growing  in your garden and you need to make one quick flower arrangement, and a tall vase,  trim the flowers with a longer stem, remove leaves and then use the stem for floral arrangements.
Wide mouthed vases are easy to arrange as loose chrysanthemums or roses or even rose flower petals can beautify the whole space and also add fragrance to the environment. Flowers can be used so beautifully and they are the best language to express emotions , always!
Fresh flower rangoli decoration at entrance
Thank You and Have a Creative Gardening Day!

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