Happy Friday! I put together a quick and easy garden arrangement with flowers and greenery from the garden for a little flower therapy.
Endless Summer Hydrangeas are thriving and loving the abundance of rainfall we’ve gotten recently. . .
Butterfly Bush is blooming with pink plumes and butterflies. . .
And the soft, silvery stalks of Lamb’s Ear with their pinkish-purple colored flowers are buzzing with bumble bees.
To make an easy garden flower arrangement, gather some blooms and greenery. Cut your flowers and greenery in the morning when the stems are fully hydrated and not water-stressed from the heat.
Strip all the leaves from the bottom half to two-thirds of each stem removing any foliage below the water line to prevent decay and bacteria.
Cut the stems at a 45-degree angle one inch from the bottom for maximum water uptake.
Condition the flowers and foliage by placing them in a bucket of clean water and leave in a cool place for at least two to three hours or even better, overnight.
I used an enamel bucket that I grabbed from the Potting Shed, ideal for this easy arrangement, that lends a cottage garden/farmhouse touch, to enjoy on the porch. Place a wide mouth vase or smaller bucket inside a larger one, filling both with water. Add your larger leaves and greenery between the walls of the vase or bucket. You can use this method, using the containers or vases you have on hand.
I used a combination of hosta leaves along with greenery from the shrubs, laurel and kaleidoscope abelia. The greenery will form a base to support the flower stems, without having to use floral foam or chicken wire to build your arrangement, keeping the flowers and greenery loose and casual, with a ‘just-picked’ from the garden feeling.
Queen Anne’s Lace is blooming, free for the picking in the field next to my Potting Shed.
If you don’t have any commercial floral preservative to add to your water, you can make your own to help your cut flowers last longer. There are a lot of homemade solutions and theories about adding aspirin, vinegar, vodka, bleach, sugar, and pennies to your vase water to prolong the life of your flowers.
Here’s an easy formula I use to help prolong the life of cut flowers:
Mix one part lemon-lime soda (regular, not diet) to three parts water, along with 1/2 teaspoon of bleach. The citric acid in the soda help the water travels up the stems to the flowers more rapidly, while providing food in the form of sugar. The bleach helps fight the growth of bacteria, allowing the flowers to stay hydrated and fresh.
To help your cut hydrangeas last, use the alum-dipping method.
You can find more flower arranging tips, here.
“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.”
~ Luther Burbank