Flowers just because…

Call me old fashioned, but I love receiving flowers just because. I’m not talking about a dozen long-stemmed roses either.  There are so many bright and fun flowers to gift and you’re sure to delight your significant other.  Recently, I’ve been learning how to do floral arrangements and I’ve fallen in love with having fresh flowers around to brighten my home.  Sometimes, Z, even treks to the weekend farmer’s market to bring back a colorful bouquet of wildflowers because he knows how much I adore them.  Here are some of my faves:

Ranunculus

Picture c/o user MT on Flickr

Picture c/o user MT on Flickr

How pretty are these?! These remind me of a cross between a rose and a peony and look just as pretty. Moving on…

Peonies

Photo c/o user Bunches and Bits Flickr

Photo c/o user Bunches and Bits on Flickr

Peonies are probably my favorite of the bunch because of the bright colors they come in.  They also look great in a bouquet on their own or mixed in with other bright flowers.

Hydrangeas

Photo c/o user S.HOPtalk on Flickr

Photo c/o user S.HOPtalk on Flickr

If you couldn’t already tell, I love bright colors.  Hydrangeas are perfect for adding a splash of hue into any arrangement.

Some basic tips for floral arranging:

1. Stick to either 1 color palette with multiple types of flowers, or 1 type of flower in multiple colors.  It’s very easy to want to use all of the flowers available to you (trust me, I’ve been there) and there is a fine line between floral arrangement and floral explosion.

2. Geometry is key.  Don’t worry if you didn’t pay attention during your high school math class–just eyeball that your arrangement is looking balanced and full.  One tip I found helpful has been using 3 flowers to first create a triangular anchor, then filling in the rest with other flowers. Don’t be discouraged if your first bouquets are not Pinterest-worthy.  Practice makes perfect!

3. Measure, measure, measure! You’ll want to cut stems so that the tip to end measurement of each flower is 1.5x the height of the vase.

4. Pretty flowers don’t have to be expensive flowers.  Trader Joe’s carries seasonal flowers and potted plants at a steal.  If you unbundle, cut and arrange these yourself in a vase of your choosing, they’ll instantly look more expensive.  If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, I would also recommend that you check out the San Francisco Flower Mart, one of the biggest flower marts in the country.  Martha Stewart also puts her stamp of approval on it.

Well, I think you’re ready to get started now! It doesn’t matter who you’re giving flowers to, they’re an easy and small way to instantly brighten someone’s day.

Cost: $

Difficulty: Easy and can become an expert with practice

Time: Short-Medium depending on how creative you want to get

Materials you will need:

1. Flowers

2. Scissors

3. Vase

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