Your sweetheart may be coming home today with a Valentine’s Day present that looks like this arrangement of long-stemmed pink and red roses.
If that’s the case, leave it alone and enjoy its beauty. The millions of dollars spent is well worth it.
But, if you are like most of us, you are more likely to receive a bunch of flowers from the market or grocery or you may even choose to buy your own.
I bought mine at Trader Joe’s for a total of about eighteen dollars. (Just so we’re clear, Music Man would have brought home flowers but he had knee surgery and he hasn’t been out of the house for two days.)
If you get a lovely armful of cut flowers, the first thing you need to do is put them in water. Yeah, as soon as they walk in the door grab anything that will hold them up and keep them in water until you have time to arrange them.
Next you need to decide what you are going to put them in and here’s where it gets tricky.
Take a good luck at the flowers; are they fully open or in bud? In my case, the alstroemeria is not yet open but the roses are in pretty good shape. They will both open up with some household heat and time. The way the flowers will open in their maturity should drive the type of vase you use. For example, tulips look good in a vase with a smaller top opening that will allow them to drape as they open.
Because I like low mounded arrangements on my table, I’ve chosen a small white stoneware tureen. Its bold angular shape will be a nice counterpoint to the rounded softness of the flowers. But, because it’s a very shallow bowl, the stems of all of those long-stemmed roses must be severely trimmed . Be brave; it will be worth it in the end. The first thing I do is trim the stems about halfway and strip off any leaves that will be in the water.
Now that you’ve made the first cut, it will be easier to make the second one. Look at how many roses you have versus how many of the other types of flowers. You want to make about four smaller bunches. Gather your flowers together, rubber band the stems, and then measure them against the bowl or vase again. Still too long or just right?
Obviously, this won’t work with fragile stems such as tulips, but it’s perfect for roses and woody-stemmed flowers.
Next, take the greenery that came with the flowers and make it work in your centerpiece. Cut the long pieces into shorter pieces to tuck into the arrangement.
Finally, look at the arrangement and fluff it.
With any luck, you have the perfect low centerpiece for your table that looks professionally arranged and you did it yourself.
For more flower arranging tips, check out Val at Eat Drink Garden and England’s famous Sarah Raven.
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