Create a flower arrangement with garden roses and foliage for spring or to celebrate Mother’s Day.
Happy Mother’s Day . . .I picked some flowers to share and to celebrate ‘Moms’!
Privet blooms in early May here in North Carolina. I cut some branches to fill an urn for an arrangement and added some boxwood sprigs cut from the shrubs for a foundation for the roses.
I started with a garden urn for the arrangement. It’s not watertight, so I placed a plastic container inside the urn and secured it with waterproof floral tape. A piece of chicken wire makes for easy flower arranging to support the stems and is an eco-friendly alternative to wet floral foam as it is reusable.
I always add some floral preservative to my vase water to help prolong the life of my flowers and usually pick up a couple of extra packets at the grocery store to have on hand whenever I buy flowers. As I haven’t been shopping for flowers lately, here’s an easy recipe I use to make my own floral preservative:
Mix one part lemon-lime soda (regular, not diet) to three parts water, along with 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon of bleach. The citric acid in the soda helps the water travel up the stems to the flowers more rapidly and the sugar in the soda provides food for the flowers. The bleach helps fight the growth of bacteria, allowing the flowers to stay hydrated and fresh.
What do you do if you don’t have any lemon-lime soda with fewer grocery store trips these days while sheltering at home? Here’s an even easier formula I recently found using items you probably have in your pantry. . .
Apple Cider Vinegar & Sugar!
Add a teaspoon of ACV and a teaspoon of regular sugar to your vase water. The vinegar helps kill the bacteria and the sugar provides food for flowers. It doesn’t have to be raw or unfiltered apple cider vinegar, any apple cider vinegar will work.
Also change your vase water every other day if possible to prolong the life of your flowers.
Privet has a woody stem. Some people swear by crushing woody stems to help them ‘drink’ but that can cause bacteria to grow; instead use a vegetable peeler to remove 3 – 4 inches of the outer bark of your woody foliage or flowers to help them ‘drink’ and stay fresh longer.
If using foliage from the garden or shrubs in your arrangement, cut your foliage first thing in the morning when it is hydrated and not stressed from the heat. Condition it for several hours, or ideally overnight, placing in a bucket of water with some floral preservative.
Knock-Out Roses have been blooming their hearts out for several weeks now. . .
I have a double pink and double red Knock Out planted at the front and the back of my Potting Shed. The double red variety is shockingly bright to the point of requiring sunglasses when you look at it. :)
Learn how to certify your garden and create a wildlife habitat in your backyard, HERE, it’s easier than you might think!
Popcorn Drift Rose is just starting to bloom. It starts out yellow and fades to creamy white, reminiscent of buttery popcorn. Drift Roses are comparable to the family of Knock Out Roses in disease resistance and low-maintenance, but smaller in size so ideal for small gardens or containers.
Lastly, I added some Earth Angel Roses that are a little peaked from all our rain. . .
Earth Angel Rose is a fragrant old-fashioned rose and with blooms varying in color from white to soft pink.
A note about flowers and dogs:
I’m always careful to sweep up any stray leaves or petals when flower arranging and keep flowers out of the dogs’ reach. Sophie in particular is ‘mouthy’ and hoovers up anything that falls on the floor.
Privet when ingested can affect the gastrointestinal system in dogs and cats, resulting in vomiting, diarrhea and refusal of food. Large amounts consumed can cause loss of coordination, increased heart and respiratory rates and even death.
Sophie and Lola wanted you to know that you can find a comprehensive list of 38 plants that are toxic to dogs from PetMD, HERE.
♥ Wishing you a Happy Mother’s Day ♥
Such lovely flowers! Wishing you a very Happy Mother’s Day!
Your flowers are beautiful and your tips a thoughtful gift to us! May you have a lovely day!
Oh Mary, your arrangement is beautiful, and what a perfect Mother’s Day gift to all of us with the sugar and vinegar tip! I never have lemon lime soda around, so I am very excited to learn this! I know your fur babies will bring you much joy today!! Stunning roses!
Happy Mother’s Day!
What a beautiful arrangement! Thank you for sharing!
Mary, thank you so much for the beautiful pictures this morning. It has inspired me to search for a spot where I might plant some of these wonderful roses!
Thank you for sharing – everything is so beautiful!! Happy Mother’s Day 🌷
A beautiful arrangement Mary! Thank you for letting us know about the ACV & sugar. Will be using that for sure. The knockout roses are indeed fabulous this year! Thanks for reminding us about the toxicity of various plants on our pets. Happy Mother’s Day! Clara♥️
How very pretty! The roses are stunning with the Earth Angel one reminding me of my pretty pink Peonies. Happy Mother’s Day Mary! Thank you for the tips to prolong the life of our flowers, esecially the new one with vinegar and also the list to protect our pets. Wishing you a very happy day. ♥️🌹🌹🌹
Happy Mother’s Day Mary! Your fur babies are lucky to have you as their Mama! Quick question: my roses are ready to ‘harvest’ for my indoor enjoyment but wanted to understand what you use for ‘floral food’ when you ‘condition’ the flowers before displaying? Thanks to all your helpful tips, my flowers last longer indoors!
That arrangement is divine!!! EnJOY YOUR DAY!! franki
It’s so pretty! I have been sharing my roses and love to see pics of their arrangements when they get them.home. Was just laying in bed thinking about cutting roses for free bouquets out on the road in front of our house, sounds fun but the virus makes it complicated having strangers stop by, when this is over would be fun to have a slew of flowers free for the taking. roses always takes my breath away with endless colors, shapes and scents!
Do you have deer issues??? Wondering if they ignore the knockout landscape roses… If you want to see a color to rival your red look up gingersnap, neon orange, looks like a florescent cone with workman nearby beeping backwards saying I dare you to miss me! Its THE loudest color in my garden! You’ve inspired me to lavish myself with an arrangement today, of course we have twin urns, wishing you and your girls a very happy mother’s day.
Mary, Happy Mother’s Day to Sophie and Lola’s mom. They are lucky girls! Beautiful new to me rose. I’ve made a note and hope to add some Popcorn roses to my new little courtyard garden when our remodel is complete. Whenever that might be!!! 😂😂😂 Thanks for the list of toxic plants for dogs. I try to be very cautious about what is in our garden spaces. Sadie doesn’t usually roam in the beds, but on occasion she hops in to take a short cut or some smell pulls her in. I had our huge sago taken out, removed some other plants that might be dangerous. Must keep our girls safe! Thanks for a lovely post to start my day!
Your flower arrangement belongs in a book of beautiful arrangements. It’s a special Mother’s Day gift to yourself and us. Happy Mother’s Day!
Happy Mothers Day—and so good to see Sophie and Lola
The flowers are so pretty, and thanks for the receipe for the flower food, just in case I get some flowers for Mothers Day.
Your post is a Mother’s Day gift for all of us. I will try the vinegar and sugar – a staple in our home. Love seeing Lola and Sophie – always precious! Thank you.
Ha, that pic is too cute Mary! Give your two fur babies a big ole hug for me and have a great day:@)
Happy Mother’s Day, Mary. Love your floral arrangements.
Happy Mother’s Day to you, Mary. Your two girls sure have a very special Mom. Your posts always bring me joy and today I cracked up at hoover up as I know exactly what you mean! Enjoy your day!
Happy Mother’s Day! Beautiful arrangement.
Mary, thank you for sharing your beautiful arrangement. Happy Mother’s Day to you.
Happy Mother’s Day, Mary!
I enjoy reading your posts, and I find them as my daily dose of sunshine to stay inspired and vibrant.
Every single artistry is captured beautifully – creativity in the truest sense!
Thank you for bringing me to your very charming world, Mary… ❤️💚💜💙💛🧡
North Carolina holds a very special place in my heart – I love NC! 😊
Awww…thank you for your sweet comment and visits Ruthie Marie! We like calling NC home. ♥
Beautiful arrangement!! HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to you!!! Good to see Lola & Sophie!! ♥️🌼🌸🌺🌻💐
Oh Mary, your arrangement is sooooo dreamy and romantic, and vintage looking! It should be on note cards or on a calendar. Lola and Sophie look absolutely adorable posing for the picture. I hope you had a wonderful day with those two! xx
The photos are beautifully taken. The colours are so vibrant, really capture my eye. Thank you for sharing with us.
Mary, I just want to live on your porch. I promise I wont be a bother.
Those earth angel roses are gorgeous. I love your arrangement. The privet softens the arrangement and adding garden roses makes it so elegant.
Lola and Sophie look great. That is a picture for a frame.
So truly stunning Mary! You have gorgeous roses, and are such a talented designer! Thank you for the beautiful moment this morning!