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I’ve always said that having fresh flowers in a home is a must, but that is especially true in the springtime. Flowers bring so much life and beauty to a room that just brightens things up. But there’s more to it than just throwing some blooms in a vase. The way you arrange flowers not only makes a difference in how pretty the flowers look, but it also helps in creating cohesion in a home, with multiple vases placed throughout.
I always thought I knew how to arrange flowers just fine until I moved to Atlanta and came across so many talented florists. As a visually creative person, my boyfriend and photographer Johnny is excellent at arranging flowers. He always knows what looks best, so I’ve asked him to come and give some of his flower arrangement tips today. Here’s what he has to say:
I love flowers; I think they’re so great! One of my favorite parts of being a wedding photographer is bringing home some flowers at the end of the night. So when it comes to arrangements, I’ve seen my fair share – not all of them good by the way, like spray painting beautiful white hydrangeas to match your color scheme. No! BAD! But that’s a story for another time.
Anyway, I love to give Megan flowers but flower delivery services can be pretty expensive. So what I’ve found to be most cost efficient is making a trip to my local Trader Joes.
The first thing I like to do is to find my “hero” or the star of the arrangement. Some of my favorites include ranunculus and peonies. But I’ll choose whatever draws me in that day.
Now, for most guys, that’ll be the end–and that’s fine for the most part–but every hero needs a sidekick, so I’ll start looking for some kind of filler that complements my hero nicely. I like to use eucalyptus a lot because they smell amazing. But lately, I’ve been using wax flowers a lot.
Finding my sidekick pretty much consists of me holding all the other flowers and greenery up to my hero until I find something I like. Sometimes I end up with two sidekicks but the more the merrier right? Once you pick your flowers, there are still a few things left to do:
I put the flowers in water as soon as I get home.
I’ll then cut the stem at a 45 degree angle. The fresh cut stem helps absorb water better.
Then comes the fun part: I’ll start playing around with the flowers until I get a nice balanced arrangement. This step is pretty much just trial and error for me.
Once I’m done I’ll make sure to place it in a nice bright place, but away from direct sunlight. After finding the perfect spot for your arrangement, remember to recut the stems and change the water every few days so you can enjoy your flowers for as long as possible. The only thing left to do is enjoy your flowers!
Happy flower arranging! And may your home be filled with heroes and sidekicks.
Do you have any of your own flower arrangement tips?
Photo by Johnny Cheng.