Of the many things I wish were easier to access where I live (e.g., beautifully crafted coffee beverages, artisanal cheeses, and Target), fresh cut flowers are pretty high on the list. I know I’m not alone in this. Within the past year, several fresh cut flower delivery services have popped up online. And while they offer beautiful options that are great for gifts, most of us can’t afford to have flowers delivered to our homes on a weekly basis.
In my dream world, I would be able to walk five minutes to the center of town, stop at my favorite coffee shop (where they know my order), eat a cupcake, and then on my way back home, pick up a warm loaf of bread along with fresh flowers. (Also in this dream world, it would be sunny and 70 every day, and carbs and sugar would be healthy, and I would have a six pack and be happily married. #DreamBig)
So, after going back and forth a few times about whether to just spend the money and get the beautiful flowers I wanted from an online vendor, I decided not to click “order.” Instead, I hopped in my car and scooted off to the grocery store. I bought twice as many “cheap” fresh cut flowers for less than $30. When I got home, I spent about 10 minutes preparing the flowers and arranging them in a half dozen vases that I spread around my house.
Obviously, “professional” photography helps to make these blooms and arrangements look extra special. Nonetheless, the photos do show that by using what you have and staying within your budget, you can still have beautiful things. Yes, I would prefer the silver dollar eucalyptus and ranunculus I saw online, but these arrangements are just as pretty. Plus, I have some spare change to buy a beautifully crafted coffee beverage.
As I think about it, there may be a bigger life lesson tucked in this story. Maybe it’s a reminder not to be so enthralled with the beauty of others that we fail to notice the beauty right in front of us.
You know what I mean.
In case you also decide to buy grocery store flowers or pick some spring blooms from your garden, here are my no-fail quick tips for arranging flowers.
Flower Arranging Tips
1. Recut the stems at an angle (Cut off at least an inch.) before arranging.
2. Remove 95% of the leaves, especially any that would be below the water line
3. For taller arrangements, make your bouquet one-and-a-half-times higher than your vase.
4. Monochromatic arrangements always look great. Add interest by switching up the texture of the blooms.
5. Try using a short and stout vase. Pack the flowers in tight.
6. Use a large gathering of a singe type of flower for a big impact.
7. Change the water every couple days.
Naturally, you can break these rules, but they’re a good place to start.
Have a beautiful day, my friends.
“Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day – like writing a poem or saying a prayer.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh