Arrange Flowers Like a Professional

If you want to learn a little about flower arranging – how to judge color, size and create an arrangement that just works this is the post for you.

Certainly you can go on a flower arranging course but if you’re in a hurry here are our basic guidelines for the butler or hostess in a hurry…

istock_000007068934xsmall1) Make sure your vase or receptacle is clean and polished.

2) If using an ‘oasis‘ saturate it with water in the sink before adding to the vase.

3) Add water, preferably at room temperature – don’t shock the flowers with extremes of water temperature. Add a tiny dash of bleach to keep the water clear and clean. Don’t overfill the container, you can always top it up later.

4) Trim leaves from flower stems so that no leaves ( or flowers) will sit below the water line.

5) Cut an inch or so from the bottom of each flower stem before placing in the water.

6) Add larger flowers first then fill the gaps with smaller budding flowers or foliage, or both.

7) Remember that, in most cases, less is more!

If using as dining table decor place a larger arrangement in the center of the table with smaller ones to the sides. Make sure guests sitting opposite each other can see each other and don’t have to peer around the flowers!

Here’s a generic ‘flower arranging – how to’ style video that gives the basics. In fact many of these ‘modern’ takes on arranging flowers with florists competing to create the most unusual or outrageous effects work in your favour – you’re a ‘back to flower arranging basics’ person now!

How To Arrange Flowers In A Large Vase

So, those are the basics but if you want to get into the ‘language of flowers’ i.e. which flowers represent different messages or sentiments then the following list might be useful especially when considering combinations of flowers for weddings:

Almond flowers — Hope
Aster — Symbol of love
Balm — Sympathy
Bergamot — Irresistible
Bluebell — Constancy
Borage — Courage
Broom — Humility
Campanula — Gratitude
China rose — Beauty always new
Chrysanthemum — Love
Clover, four leaved — “Be mine”
Coreopsis — Love at first sight
Cuckoo pint — Ardor
Daffodil — Regard
Fern — Sincerity
Forget-Me-Not — True love
Furze or Gorse — Enduring affection
Gardenia — Ecstasy
Gentian — Loveliness
Geranium — “You are childish”
Hare bell — Grief
Heartsease — “I am always thinking of you”
Honeysuckle — Bonds of love
Heather — Admiration
Ivy — Fidelity, friendship, marriage
Jasmine — Grace
Jonquil — “I hope for return of affection”
Lavender — Luck, devotion
Lemon Balm — Sympathy
Lilac — First love
Lily — Purity, modesty
Lily of the Valley — Purity, the return of happiness
Lily, Calla — Beauty
Marjoram — Kindness, courtesy
Myrtle — Fidelity
Oregano — Joy
Orchid — Love, beauty, refinement
Pansy — Loving thoughts
Periwinkle — Happy memory
Phlox — Agreement
Poppy, red — Consolation
Primrose — I can’t live without you
Rose, cabbage — Ambassador of love
Rose, red — Love
Rose, pink — Grace, beauty
Rose, yellow — Friendship
Rosemary — Remembrance, constancy
Sage — Gratitude, domestic virtue
Snowdrop — Hope
Star of Bethlehem — Purity
Sweet Pea — Departure, tender memory
Sweet William — Gallantry
Tuberose — Voluptuousness
Tulip, red — My perfect lover, Reclamation of love
Violet — Loyalty, modesty, humility
Violet, blue — Faithfulness
Wheat — Riches of the continuation of life
Wallflower — Fidelity

This is by no means a definitive guide and we suggest you research this more here. Fresh flowers are great but we also use top quality silk arrangements – our silk flower cleaning/maintenance post coming soon.

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