I am NOT a florist! I just love pretty, inexpensive flowers. After many years of putting together arrangements from the grocery store, I thought I’d share for you exactly what has worked for me!
My favorite grocery store to shop for flowers is Trader Joes. They always have a beautiful and unique selection and great prices! I’ve had some luck at Whole Foods as well, but they are hit and miss.
Sometimes I’m feeling a monochromatic arrangement, and other times I want to mix 2 different flowers in complimentary colors with some greenery.
1. Once home, choose your container and fill it 1/3 to 1/2 full with cool water.
2. Lay all of your stems out flat so they’re easy to grab. strip leaves that are on the bottom half of the stem. You don’t want these falling in the water and growing bacteria.
3. Make a fresh cut at the bottom of each of the stems at an angle. This will help with them absorb more water. When cutting, make sure that you stagger the heights of each stem so that the finished arrangement looks balanced, interesting, and organic.
4. If you’re using more than one type of flower, start by putting in the first type (usually the largest in size). Then add the second type so that they’re mixed evenly in the arrangement. Rotate you vase as you arrange so you can make sure it looks good from all sides.
5. Finally, add any greenery.
Clearly I have a thing for pink, white & green and peonies & hydrangeas! *Many of the peonies and hydrangeas pictured are actually from my yard!