*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
Mary, I’m tickled to see you give your truck a Valentine’s Day makeover! I ordered the truck centerpiece from Lynch Creek Farm after seeing your post, so now I have an idea on how to use it other than filled with greenery for Christmas. I’m always happy to see your sweet pups too! Thanks for the inspiration!
What a great find in that wonderful pillow that led you to create a most beautiful and fun arrangement! The red truck has certainly brought lots of inspiration to us all..Of course the “red” truck is perfect for Valentine’s Day and many other holidays/celebrations for that matter. I remember so long ago when I took a flower arranging course, they had us submerge the floral foam and now I do your method. Of course you found the greatest heart magnets and oh that mug..love the mug!…Thank you for bringing us great inspiration and a smile to our day Mary!!!…Happy to Keep Calm and Flower On with you today! Have a most wonderful week!
Oh so clever Mary! You never cease to amaze me with your flower arrangements. My grandboys would get a kick out this one as they’re into all things with wheels!
I love the idea of sprucing up the metal trucks with seasonal magnets Mary:@) ♥Cute arrangement♥
The truck arrangement is adorable. From Christmas to Valentines Day-perfect. With the beautiful red color, I bet you can visualize it for the 4th of July too! You are a wonderful arranger. I work with flowers every Friday in church. Your work is inspriational.
Mary, we never know where our inspiration will come from. The pillow was the perfect find to use with the LCF truck as a Valentine’s Day arrangement. Your choice of flowers and colors made me smile this morning. The mug of flowers was the icing on the cake. Thank you for including your flower arranging tips, they are wonderful reminders. Lola and Sophie are smart girls, Valentine’s is all about the treats. It’s is always a pleasure to join you for stunning and creative flower therapy! Happy Monday!
Mary, I love love your color and flower combinations! And so creative to reuse your little red truck! Finding the valentine magnets was so neat for your truck. That pillow and mug fit you perfectly and Sophie and Lola are adorable.
I learn something from you constantly. I have been plunging my oasis because I don’t plan ahead and I need to hurry. No wonder my flowers don’t last that long.Thanks for all the tips and their explanations. When you use a clear vase is there a way for the preservative not to appear cloudy?
I enjoyed your post and it is good to learn something too! See you tomorrow.
Hi Bonnie, I like the Chrysal brand of flower food in the blue packet: https://amzn.to/3b3BxU9. I think it dissolves more completely.
I’ve also heard using distilled water keeps your vase water from appearing cloudy. We have well water so my vase water has lots of bubbles in it that cling to the sides of a glass vase no matter I do, so I like use vases that aren’t see through. ♥
You never cease to amaze me with your creativity Mary! Beautiful blooms in your cute red truck! 💐 Kathy P
Beautiful as always. Thank you so much for sharing inspiration
Where do you find such adorable sweaters for Chloe and Gracie? Especially love the ones with the hearts.
HomeGoods and T.J. Maxx 🐾🐾
Your remade truck looks perfect for a Valentine arrangement, Mary! It’s so cute that Lola and Sophie know the routine of camera=treats! We love seeing them included in your photos. Thanks for all the tips for keeping flowers looking beautiful.
So adorable Mary! I can’t wait to see your table tomorrow! Your little red truck is indeed loaded to the max with a cargo of beautiful flowers! I do so appreciate your floral tips, thank you. That is too funny about your little camera hounds, they just couldn’t be any cuter! The heart magnets for the doors is such a cute idea~ lots of smiles here…
Just beautiful. Happy Valentines!
Another darling Mary moment, you are so ahead of the curve with your multiseason truck! I adore red trucks, i have a couple but just so busy working to create a new garden I am too spent to know if I have done enough to play in one yet! I look forward to a finished garden and nothing but joyful fun with natures bounty. Your girls are so cute, I give treats to my dogs all day outside, cassie, who is now 12, never liked hanging out until she realized food was involved, she has becoming amazingly spry when I head outside ever morning!
Thanks so much! Love the truck & pillow, needless to say the flowers are lovely. Where did you find the little hearts? You helped my morning for sure!!
Simply Stunning, thank you for sharing🌹💕
Beautiful and refreshing for mid winter and Valentine’s Day!! The doggies are so sweet as always!!!
So, so cute!
Just love it all.
Thanks for all your wonderful ideas……
Red Trucks are a favorite of mine! And now you just made them even better and so universal!
And Lola and Sophie just want me to come over and cuddle with them. Adorable!
Thank you for all the tips!🌹
Beautiful photos! Thank you for all the flower-handling tips.
I love that you’ve inadvertently trained the girls to pose even when they’re not asked to do so! Smart little doggies!
Mary, it’s always such a pleasure to share our Monday Morning Blooms with you! Flower therapy is just what we all need on Monday. Thank you for bringing beauty, inspiration and love in by the truckload today! Your flowers are beautiful, but those girls, they just always steal the show, don’t they? Your camera hounds are at least small, our big huge Bentley just gets his Labrador self in the WAY! ; )
Mary, The transformation of your truck from Christmas to Valentines is *a*door*able! What a big, beautiful arrangement! Your porch is the perfect backdrop. The pillow is so cute and the perfect inspiration. Sophie & Lola are little loves! You’ve trained them well! camera=treats Have a wonderful Monday! Clara ♥️
That little gingham heart on the truck door just made me melt…so perfect! I’ve got a “similar” truck that I now need to “repurpose” I see…franki
How cute is THAT! Love the little red truck with the magnet hearts, they are perfect and how awesome that the original sign was a removable magnet, too perfect! Flowers are beautiful, the porch is cozy with the colorful red and white comfy pillows and the girls top it off with their matching sweaters and sweet little selves. They make my heart smile, wish I could hug them. Thanks Mary for another pretty post! ♥️
That is so darling Mary – what a cute idea! And thanks for the tip on the flower foam. I’ve only used it a couple times, and now I know why it may not have worked! :) Hope you have a lovely Monday – thanks for making mine prettier! ❤️
Just BRILLIANT and beautiful, your creative always amazes me!! 💕
Oh Mary, what a treasure of practical, but creative ideas you share so generously. I am
particularly grateful for your step by step instructions for the seeded wreaths and miniature
houses which I will be doing in a few days with the little ones… What fun! Many thanks.
adorable!! Love the idea of the magnets on the truck doors! Thanks for sharing all your tips and secrets!!!
So crazy cute. You are definitely onto something with those versatile magnets on the truck. Now you just have to keep finding the pillows to match. The pups are well trained for their photoshoots. Beautiful bouquets.
Love the flowers an that truck is just lovely. Thank You for sharing.
Marilyn and Marion
What fun! Your little red truck is adorable. I wish it would deliver a few fresh blossoms to our house!
Oh my, reduce, reuse, recycle, you take this to a whole new level! Your valentine arrangement is soooo cool! The whole post is so well put together I just love it! You gals really hit it out of the park with your valentine theme for this Monday morning blooms!
Of couurse, Sophi and Lola want to be included! They are perfect additions!
The flower truck is adorable, and you are clever to reuse it for Valentine’s Day, right down to the heart magnets. Alstroemeria are my go to flowers. They are so long lasting and work well solo or mixed with other flowers.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Absolute Love! Especially Lola and Sophie getting in on the fun – they just fit right in and are so adorable! Can I ask where you got your pillow? Thanks Mary for all your beautiful, inspirational posts!
Thank you Linda! I found the pillow cover on Amazon. It was part of a set of four assorted covers. 🐾🐾