*Pick up* some flowers from the grocery store to create a floral arrangement for Valentine’s Day. You’ll find flower arranging and longevity tips with additional floral inspiration to create an arrangement for a fraction of the price from a florist.
Happy Monday! I’m joining my blogging friends for some flower therapy and Monday Morning Blooms.
You can find my friends’ links to their floral inspiration at the bottom of this post.
Our theme for this week’s edition of Monday Morning Blooms was a Valentine’s Day-themed arrangement.
My inspiration for my arrangement came from this “Farm Fresh Flower Shop, Fresh Cut for Valentine’s Day” pillow cover with a red pickup truck. After spying it, I decided my Christmas Vintage Truck Centerpiece from Lynch Creek Farm could use a little Valentine’s Day makeover!
I emptied the spent greenery, ribbon, berry picks and pine cones and I removed the “Noel Farms – Christmas Trees” magnets on each of the truck doors.
There was a plastic liner in the bottom of the truck and greenery arrangement that I reused and refilled with fresh wet floral foam.
You can find wet floral foam on the floral aisle of the craft store or online. It’s easy to cut with a kitchen knife and trim to the size you need. I stacked two pieces of cut foam to fit in the bed of the truck.
Soak the wet floral foam in water mixed with floral preservative until it’s fully saturated. When your foam is saturated, (about 3 minutes or less), place in your container. You can use waterproof floral tape to secure the wet foam to your container if needed.
Tip: When using wet floral foam, use the “float soak” method and place the floral foam brick on top of the water. Let the floral foam gradually absorb the water until it’s fully saturated. Plunging the floral foam in the water traps air bubbles and will prohibit the transfer of water from the foam to the flower stems.
Typical of a florist’s shop on Valentine’s Day, I wanted to load my truck up with flowers. . . alstroemeria in shades of white, pink and red, pink mums, blue hydrangeas and red roses, purchased at the grocery store and to coordinate with plates for a Valentine’s Day-themed table I’m sharing on Tuesday.
Update: Find the table -> HERE
To replace the “Noel Farms” magnets, I found some heart magnets for the doors. . .
This little red truck is delivering a full load of flowers ;)
Here are some additional tips for creating an arrangement with flowers you might *pick up* ;) from the grocery store:
🌹When you bring your flowers home from the store, always condition them before arranging them, anywhere from several hours up to a day in advance, as you don’t know how long the flowers have been sitting or how fresh the water is in the bucket they’ve been sitting in. A fresh cut removes any potential bacteria that would clog the stems and helps them drink so they stay hydrated.
🌹Start with a clean container or vase, washing to remove potential bacteria that will shorten the life of your flowers.
🌹To condition your flowers, give them a fresh cut at a 45 degree angle, for maximum water uptake, removing any leaves that would be below the water line and place them in a bucket or vase with tap temperature water and floral preservative.
🌹Floral preservative packets come with most grocery store flowers and / or the floral department usually has some packets you can help yourself to when buying flowers. If you don’t have any floral preservative, you can make your own with this easy formula.
🌹Remove any damaged flowers or greenery and discard. A dying flower releases ethylene gas that will hasten the decline of other flowers in your arrangement.
🌹Keep your flowers and arrangement away from heat or direct sunlight.
🌹If your flowers are in vase rather than floral foam, change your vase water and give your stems a fresh cut every other day if possible.
A mug arrangement with a truck is blooming with a bed of flowers, serving as a vase filled with alstroemeria, mums and hydrangea.
I’m afraid I’ve created a couple of camera hounds. Whenever Lola and Sophie see me with my camera on the porch they think they have to be included. . . photos = treats!
Sophie says “Take time to stop and smell the hydrangeas”. . .
Farm Fresh Flower Shop Truck Pillow Cover / Amazon
Truck Flower Mug / Maxera, HomeGoods
Visit my talented blogging friends to see their Valentine’s Day blooms this week:
Pam at Everyday Living
Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse
Shirley at Housepitality Designs