TGIF, friends! I hope you’ve had a great week so far. And it’s FRIDAY! Time to commence the fun! But first, pop over and see a few ideas on how to spruce up store bought flowers!
Yesterday I picked up half a dozen roses at the grocery store. Our Publix has a great selection of flowers and usually has a standing deal of three packages of flowers for $12. So, naturally I usually buy three in order to sprinkle them around the house. They usually last about a week, so I figure it’s money well spent for the joy they bring. (me.) I picked up these beautiful pink roses, trimmed them and put them in my wall pocket by the front door. They were pretty, but still seemed a little bare.
So, I grabbed my garden clippers and trimmed off several branches from one our Ligustrum shrubs. The leaves stay pretty and green year round and they make perfect fillers for flowers. And a bonus in the spring, they produce their own pretty little flowers that are SOOOO fragrant. A very useful bush to have on hand!
See what a difference just a few little stems of greenery can make? And the greenery is free!
I did something similar when my Bouqs Company flowers came the other day. The arrangement was an assortment of several shades of roses, and the combination is stunning! There are pinks, lavender, blush and yellow. (The yellow roses remind me of my beautiful Mother, who’s favorite color is yellow.)
At first, I trimmed the roses and put them in a pretty vase my Mother gave me. They were so beautiful and smelled amazing!
But then I went to the grocery store and they had the eucalyptus that I adore, so I bought 3 packs for $12. With the additional greenery, I needed to use a larger vessel, so I pulled out my favorite silver vase. First I trimmed all of the greenery and added a packet of the plant food that came with the flowers to the vase. Then I added the greenery and filled in with the roses. I love how the eucalyptus hangs gracefully over the sides and the other stands tall, adding height to the arrangement. I’m telling you, you can’t go wrong with any kind of flower and eucalyptus!
And then I loved them so much I had to move them all around the house and take pictures. (My Mother says I’m like a cat with her kittens because I am forever moving things around.)
The flowers took a spin around the basement and here they are beside the antique typewriter in my baby son’s room. (He’s 30.)
Then they went into my other son and daughter-in-law’s room on the night stand. (They are the ones who bought the flower subscription for me for Christmas. An amazing gift by the way~Thank you!)
They took a turn in the game room in the basement. And may I say they pair beautifully with wine?
They finally ended up back upstairs in the kitchen where I can see them all day long!
So, I guess what I’m trying to say is that more is more. Even if you have beautiful flowers to begin with, you can add to them and enhance them to make them even more spectacular! Baby’s Breath is another simple and pretty filler, also available at the grocery store. And here’s a tip about fresh cut flowers. Be sure to pull the leaves off of any of the flowers or greenery that sits below the water level to prevent the water from becoming slimy. Also, be sure to keep plenty of water in the vase and trim the bottoms off of the flowers every few days to keep them fresh. I’ve had the best luck with cut flowers recently since I’ve begun doing these little things.
Well, house cleaning beacons, and someone has to do it! I hope you have a great day and enjoy this warmer weather if you are fortunate enough to have it! Enjoy your weekend and let’s chat again next week! Much love, Dell