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Building a Spring Arrangement 101

2020

What says "Spring" better than a bold arrangement of fresh flowers? Flowers have a natural way of bringing warmth and beauty into any space. Want to brighten up your rooms but not spend a fortune on the perfect arrangement? Time to channel those modern day Martha Stewart vibes! We're going to help you build an arrangement that will give your guests Spring Fever the moment they step in the door!

Start here.

Begin by knowing what flowers are in season. Choosing in-season flowers will cost you less money and make your arrangement more seasonally appropriate. The most popular flowers for springtime include daffodils, peonies, tulips, sweet pea, narcissus, hyacinths, anemones, ranunculus, lilacs, delphiniums and boronia.

Finding your flowers.

If You're Short On Time - When you need to be in and out but still want quality, we can always count on Trader Joe's. Not only do they have a beautiful assortment that is always in season but they're budget friendly, too. And, we love that the kids leave happy with their infamous TJ stickers in hand - so it's a win win for all!

If You're Looking for an Experience - Have you visited Louisville's original flower truck, Fleur & Frond yet?! Their truck is the absolute cutest and you can tell that they put a lot of thought into hand selecting their flowers because they are the most unique around town.

If You Need Inspiration - Whatever you're imagining, Mahonia Studio either already has it or can get what you need. Visit their beautiful space and we promise you'll leave feeling inspired and ready to create what you've been dreaming of. From live plants to fresh cut flowers, they have it all. While you're there don't forget to stop by their Build Your Own Terrarium Bar for some added fun as well!

Choosing a vase.

The vase that you choose will depend on the style you are wanting to create. Almost any type of container can be used for a flower arrangement, as long as it's suitable for the height, weight and look of the flowers being used.

Glass - Elegant and timeless. Will work in any room.

Crystal - For that luxurious and elegant vibe. Can make any room look fancy.

Mason Jars - Cost-effective and pair well with rustic or farmhouse decor. Great for backyard dinner parties.

Cylinder Shape - Simple, yet beautiful. Single flowers look beautiful in this shape.

Ceramic - Vary in size, shape, texture, color, and style. Great for outdoor areas.

Square or Cube - Make great centerpieces. Pair next to books or large candles for calming and relaxed vibes.

Ready to create.

Step 1: Remove any leaves that will be below the water level. Leaves can be a source of bacteria and will rapidly decay in water. It's okay to leave some foliage, but remember that you'll also have greenery to fill in any extra space.

Step 2: Measure the flowers against your vase of choice and cut to size. Be sure to cut the stems at a diagonal. This will allow the flowers soak up more water and help them stay alive longer. Recut the stems every third day to keep them fresh.

Step 3: Arrange your flowers in the vase. Begin with the largest, most bold flower and work others in from there.

Tip - Keep floral tape on hand. Floral tape helps hold flower stems in place without damaging them and allows the stems to sit in a vase's water, which promotes the flowers' longevity.

Step 4: Step back to view your masterpiece. Love what you see but notice a few empty spaces? Grab some leafage to fill them in! Keep it playful and simple, yet oh so YOU.

Step 5: Hydrate. Fill your vase with warm water to about ¾ of its height. This will help the flower's absorb nutrients.

Tip - If you're feeling like a pro, add two tablespoons of cider vinegar to help kill bacteria and mold that may begin brewing below.

Step 6: Enjoy! Place your custom arrangement where it will thrive. With a little sunlight and love, you'll enjoy it for days to come!