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Flower Arranging Tips

Flower Arranging Tips

LINE FLOWERS:  are tall, and as the name implies, give your bouquet height, width, and a  balanced look. Branches and tall foliage can serve as line flowers. Most  line flowers have buds growing up a center stalk. Examples of line flowers  are: gladiolas, liatris, snapdragons, delphinium, tuberose, veronica, curly  willow, bells-of-ireland, stock.

TIP: Line  flowers, by themselves, look striking when placed in a tall cylindrical  vase.

MASS FLOWERS  will give your bouquet weight - or mass - and are generally round and full  faced. Sometimes they are referred to as "face" flowers. They are usually  the focal point of color and interest in a bouquet. Most mass flowers come  with only one flower on the end of the stem. Examples of mass flowers are:  rose, carnation, gerbera, sunflower, lily, daffodil, tulip, iris, freesia,  zinnia, alstroemeria, protea, chrysanthemum.

TIP: Mass  flowers are a good choice for a simple, quick vase full of flowers and are  often sold in bunches.

FILLER  FLOWERS (stems with a lot of little flowers) and foliage will round out your  bouquet and give it a soft, full look. Casual, fresh from the garden  bouquets use an abundance of filler flowers to visually connect mass and  line flowers.

TIP: Just a few  sprigs of filler flowers, alone in a vase, can give a sense of simple  elegance to any room, and many filler flowers are good candidates for  drying.

LOOSE  FLOWERS IN A VASE:

Fill your  clean vase with water containing floral food.

Strip stems  so that no leaves will be covered by water.

Cut stems to  about twice the height of your vase, leaving several stems an inch or two  longer for the center of your bouquet.

First insert  stems of foliage and filler flowers. Criss-cross the stems as you insert  them in your vase. This will create a grid that will help hold the other  flowers in place.

Starting at  the rim of your vase and working toward the center, add other flowers,  spacing them as if they were points on a triangle.

Place the  longest stems in the center of your bouquet.

Stand back  and review your bouquet, making adjustments if needed.

TIP: Start with  marbles or small pebbles in your vase for extra stem support, or simply to  give a favorite vase a new look.

THE  BUD VASE:

This simple  design can bring the scent and beauty of flowers into every room of your  home. Plus, it's an economical way to try out new and different flowers!

Select a  narrow necked vase and fill with water.

Cut flower  stem to about twice the height of your vase. Strip stem so that no leaves  will be covered by water. Place flower in vase.

To give added  support and beauty, add a stem or two of lnear foliage or a curly twig.

Last, to give  your bud vase an elegant, balanced look, insert a few leaves at the rim of  the vase.

TIP: Be  imaginative with bud vases! Beautiful perfume bottles, recycled spice jars,  or antique apothecary bottles can all hold a stem or two of flowers.

TIP: Bud vases  can make inexpensive, personalized gifts. Select a favorite flower and place  it in a "collectable" vase. Or to dress up a plain vase, simply wrap a  pretty ribbon around the neck.

We'd like to  thank our friends at the California Cut Flower  Commission for this information