When April starts to roll around and little buds start to turn green, I get such an excitement because I know flowers will start blooming soon. This day was April 30th and as I drove to my flower shop, I saw all these beautiful flowers blooming in yards and along the road. But my yard was bare, nothing in full bloom and ready to pick.
I decided to take a little drive way out in the rural area where it’s pretty much farming fields to see if I could find any road side flowers. What do you know, to my surprise, a bunch of daffodils just blowing in the wind in a vacant field. And beautiful old fashion white ones to top it off!
Processing tips specific to daffodils:
- when you give the stems a fresh cut, they will release a substance (feels very slick and slimy)
- you will need to let them soak in a vase of fresh water so the substance can dissolve before mixing in with other flowers (it can shorten the vase life of other flowers)
- you can also rinse with water until you don’t feel anymore of the substance being released (like I did, here, only using the daffodils it doesn’t matter if they are mixed because they are all the same)
- to continue processing the flowers, remove any unwanted leaves, greenery, petals that don’t look fresh
- for the following arrangements I used flowers that were picked from outside so I’m not sure the exact quantity, but if you were to purchase some bunches I’d say 3-4 nice sized bunched will work (also the size of your vase will determine how many bunched you need)
Arrangement one: table centerpiece
This type of design will be the most hands on, but still very simple. The lower height and fuller width works great for a table centerpiece, as it fills the vase fully, all around with flowers. Here are the steps:
- grab a clean, lower shaped vase and fill with cool water (here I used a typical square shaped vase, but round or any shape will work)
- if you haven’t processed your flowers (from the steps above) go ahead and do that now
- divide the whole bunch of flowers into 3 separate bunches and cut stems at different lengths (this is how we get the ‘natural’ look and feel to the design)
- start taking little bunches of flowers and angling them into the vase
ARRANGEMENT two: the bud vase
The most easy and adorable way to arrange flowers.
- get your clean bud vase, any size will work and fill with clean water (here I’ve use 2 different sizes of bud vases for a more dramatic look, but use what you have and you can always cut the stems at different heights to achieve a similar look)
- cut your stems and different lengths
ARRANGEMENT three: tall statement piece
Another simple, yet beautiful arrangement that takes no time to create! You can use a water pitcher or any type of taller container you have.
- you know the drill (lol), grab your clean water pitcher and fill with cool water
- really no rhyme or reason to the design, just grab your flowers and stick them in the vase
- you can pull some up a little and push some down to create a more natural look, but really anything goes here
How beautiful and easy, too! Which style do you like the most?
low / lush centerpiece