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Father’s Day Flowers? A Stunning, No Frills Arrangement for Dad

12 Jun

Dad’s Can Appreciate Floral Art Too!

Father's Day FlowersGood Afternoon, Bloomies! This weekend is Father’s Day. Are you ready? If not, I have created a super simple many arrangement that you can do yourself. Enjoy!

Ikebana influenced Father’s Day Arrangement

When it comes to men’s flowers, I tend to choose big, bold blooms, or potted plants, but not this time. Instead of going for tropical flowers, sunflowers, or succulents, I’ve chosen an minimalist arranging style. Ikebana is a Japanese style of arranging that is simple, with three main components standing for Earth, Heaven, and Man.

I took this idea and used each item in multiples of three (for the most part). I used what I had on hand: Blues and greens in neat textures (Thistle, Ergynium, Galax, Larkspur, poppy pods, artichoke, and Bells of Ireland).

How to Craft a Father’s Day Floral Arrangement

Ikebana: Earth, Heaven, and Man in Three Simple Stages

Start with a container that is streamlined, sleek and low. Mine required foam to hold the flowers, but you can get “pin frogs” (little pin covered disks you can stick the stems into) at a craft or floral store if you prefer.

I put the two biggest items, my thistle and the artichoke, low in the front of the container for focus. I added a few galax leaves to cover some of the foam base, and started building out with ergynium and poppy pods.

Then, add three TALL items. I used the bells of Ireland for my tallest feature. These can angle to the sides slightly, a bit like a W.

Repeat the W/three with another type of flower, in front of and slightly shorter than the tallest.

I repeated this process one last time with the Veronica, echoing the original W and allowing for the negative space between the stems to become part of the arrangement. Cover any open foam with extra low flowers, galax, other leaves, or moss. That’s it. You just did Ikebana!

Have a fantastic dad filled weekend, and remember to tell him Thanks.

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May Day: Traditions Old and New

1 May

It’s Already May!May Day flowers

Good morning, Bloomies! It’s MAY! The year is just shooting right past us. Before we get too far into this year, I would like to pause and look at the traditions of May 1st, also known as May Day.

 Ancient Roots of May Day

May Day started with pagan roots, in the holiday called Beltane. The maypole was a focal point of the old English village rituals. People would get up at dawn to go outside and gather flowers and branches to decorate their homes. Women would braid flowers into their hair, and both men and women would decorate their bodies.

Beltane marks the return of vitality and passion.  To celebrate your own version of Beltane, gather up some plants or flowers to display in your home. Moms and daughters can braid their hair, and weave in a few blossoms.

Bringing the Tradition to Life

I remember when I was little, our neighbor would gather flowers to leave on our porch; she would ring the doorbell and run, as to remain anonymous behind the gift of spring.

This is a fun use of those flowers that you gathered on your morning walk, and I think it should be resurrected as a new fun May Day tradition. Even just a handful of the common spring bluebells or lilacs would be a welcome gift for a neighbor or a friend.

I love the May Pole, but this “ding-dong ditch” seems more fun, and takes less practice, and fewer people.

I give you this challenge: even if you give ONE person ONE flower, let’s all try and practice this new tradition today!Ding Dong

Easter Flower Arrangement Ideas

27 Mar

Easter Sunday Wouldn’t Be Complete Without Flowers
Easter arrangement

Easter is this Sunday Bloomies! Easter is a celebration of re-birth, of everything in bloom and growing after a long winter. Flowers are as crucial to an Easter celebration as the Easter Bunny himself. There are lots of cute flower-centric things that are “springy” and festive for the holiday, beyond Easter Lilies or plastic basket grass (unless you like those, in which case, have at it.)

Tips for Easter Flower Arrangements

Size and Shape Matter

This week I did a few spring bouquets of pale green, white, pink and lavender. Low round, oval, or rectangular arrangements are best for centerpieces on a table. Taller or wider arrangements are best for buffets, counters, or sideboards… you want to see your table mates!

Include “Easter-y” Elements

Particularly “Easter-y” items you could use to amp up the holiday theme include:

Easter Eggs

Tuck colored eggs into a basket of flowers- so sweet! See, you can get past your plastic “grass” fascination. What a sophisticated take on the traditional Easter Basket.

BunniesShort Easter Arrangement

I have super cute rabbit cutouts I included this year. Painted dark brown, it’s reminicent of a chocolate bunny, without the melting or the calories.

Crosses

An arrangement that includes a cross or a flower covered cross would be great for a church gathering or a post church brunch.

Peeps

Seriously. Last year I used rabbit and chick peeps in all different colors, stuck them on sticks and made a fun diorama instead of having fussy, formal florals. Great for a party with lots of kids in attendance.

Hellebore

Also known as the Lenten Rose; this springtime, Northwest flower makes a simple, gorgeous arrangement all by it’s lonesome. It has no fragrance, so it’s a bonus for those allergy sufferers.

I hope this gets your flower juices flowing. Have fun and enjoy the amazing weather we’re supposed to have!

Great Green Blooms for St. Patrick’s Day

13 Mar

Fun Blooms in Shades of Green to Celebrate St. Patty’s Day

Bright Green Mums Close Up

Is it REALLY St Patty’s day already? For a holiday that celebrates by turning everything green — beer, bagels, even entire rivers — it seems only natural to talk about monochromatic flower arrangements.

Below are few of my favorite flowers that come in really fantastic shades of green. Tell your florist which ones you like and he or she can create a stunning monochromatic arrangement, like the one at the bottom of this post.

If you’re going the DIY route, consider the vase you want to use, the place you will use it, and texture when selecting your items. Mix three types of flowers for visual interest, or you can go with whatever suits the situation.

Have fun flowering!

Flowers Varieties that Come in Great Green Hues for Your St. Patrick’s Day Flower Arrangement

  • Spider mumsgreen arrangement for st patricks day
  • Kermit mums
  • Daisies
  • Bells of ireland
  • Calla lilies
  • Hydrangea
  • Carnations
  • Roses
  • Hypericum
  • ‘Green Trick’ Dianthus
  • Kale-
  • Antherium
  • Tulips
  • Gladiolus
  • Orchids

Valentines Flower Ideas that Don’t Suck

13 Feb

Leave the Wilting Red Roses at the Gas Station PleaseValentines Flowers: Pretty in pink and purple

Bloomies- It’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow. Do I have your order? If not, it’s not too late to make your own! If you use the tips I gave you two weeks ago in my blog on basic composition, you can totally do this and get yourself out of the dog house. I know, it feels like a quiz, but look: There’s the link to it –> step-by-step.

Here are three out of the box, non yawn-inducing Valentine’s Day arrangements… and NONE of them involve a single red rose. Ready?

Easy Valentine’s Color Combinations

Start with a winning color palate.  I know that red is the standard color for valentines day, but we’re trying to get beyond “standard” here. Besides, good luck finding a nice bunch of red flowers at 4:00 pm on Valentines Day. Open up your color options and you’ll open up your flower options. Stick with this color scheme and you can’t go wrong: lavender, pink, purple, white, and green. Use any flowers in any of those colors. They will all work together, in pairs, or in monochromatic bunches. Bonus points for anything that is unusual or fragrant.  Negative points for babies breath.


ARRANGEMENT #1: Monochromatic, Monotype BouquetWhite tulips

Grab ONE color of ONE type of flower (example: Tulips). Get at least 15 stems. Some places have flowers in bunches of 10 and others only have 5, so COUNT! Select a vase that will allow the flowers fan out: something larger on the top than the bottom achieves this. Remove one or two layers of leaves, trim the ends and place in water.

ARRANGEMENT #2: Mixed Garden Vase Bouquet

Pink, purple, white, and not a single red rose to be seen. Absolutely adorable.

Pink, purple, white, and not a single red rose to be seen. Absolutely adorable.

If you can only find random stock that’s been picked over? Grab a bunch of stuff that looks good together (stick to the colors I gave you, if possible) to make up one mixed bouquet that still looks cohesive. Again, make sure the stem count in the bag matches what you want so you have enough.

ARRANGEMENT #3: Big Impact, Tiny Budget

A single lily sets the stage for a lovely dinner.

A single lily sets the stage for a lovely dinner.

Did you blow all your cash on dinner and wine instead? That’s not such a bad thing, but even a single bloom will go a long way to make the evening special. Small arrangements can still speak volumes if done correctly. A single large bloom floating in a pretty bowl, a bud vase with a couple flowers or a tiny handful of flowers can mean a ton.

If you choose to go with a tiny handful of blooms, go for some real flowers, not yard weeds. Roots with dirt still attached will probably ruin the gesture. Unless she likes roots, in which case I recommend skipping flowers and buying her a bunch of carrots with pretty green tops. It’d dinner and florals!

Good Luck, Bloomies. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Evergreens Give Your Holiday Flowers Staying Power

5 Dec

christmas evergreens with ornaments

Evergreens Bring Holiday Spirit to Your Floral Arrangements

With relatives, friends and company in and out of your house all season, it’s great to have fresh holiday flowers to welcome them. But

how do you keep them fresh without replacing them each week? Luckily we are in the perfect season to keep arrangements lasting a LONG time with minimal effort (and just a little sap,) with the help of a winter standby, evergreens. Yup, evergreens, like your tree and wreath.

Start Holiday Flowers With Greens

Boughs of evergreens are a great starting point for your holiday flowers. They are plentiful (especially here in the Northwest), and cheap to boot. Swags can be as little as 10.00. They are also really long lasting. Use evergreens in place of fern and eucalyptus filler in your holiday arrangements. Use this seasonal approach for a long lasting base, then you can swap out the more delicate flowers as they fade. This allows you to stretch your floral budget and have fresh holiday flowers straight through the season, into the new year.

My Favorite Evergreens for Holiday Arrangements

Start with evergreens, then dress it up...

Start with evergreens, then dress it up…

Cedar is fragrant and soft, so lovely for Christmas.
Pine adds the smell of a Christmas tree anywhere you use it.
Princess Pine looks like over sized bottle brushes, and is good for larger arrangements.
Holly is a perennial holiday favorite that lasts forever, and if it is without berries, may even dry nicely.

Easy Care Holiday Flowers Complete the Arrangement

Clearly and arrangement is more exciting with actual flowers included, and not just a branch of cedar, so I recommend inexpensive, hardy flowers that you can exchange out for fresh when they wilt and not break the bank. For example, carnations last a few weeks, but eventually wither. If you remove the carnations, freshen the water and add in Alstromeria, you have a whole new arrangement for under 5.00. Easy! Or, you received a beautiful arrangement made with evergreens and roses, but the roses wilted within a few days. Toss the limp stems and add another flower in a similar hue to what you removed to keep the arrangement going.

My favorite Long Lasting Holiday Flowers

Carnations are traditional, inexpensive, and come in many colors.
Amaryllis has big showy heads and can hold their own without water for a little while.
Lilies, especially big, white lilies, are beautiful against the dark greens, and smell amazing.
Callas have lots of colors to choose from, and elegant enough for a New Years arrangement.
Alstromeria is easy to find at the supermarket, inexpensive, and adds a nice contrasting texture.

I hope these tips help you out this season. Happy Holidays!