So if you are one of the lucky one's who was given flowers by your Valentine, you are probably wishing they would last forever. Unfortunately they don't and chances are right about now you are contemplating throwing them away. Well, if you are anything like me you will wait for the very last sign of life to leave before taking them out to the compost bin.
On average, cut flowers should last about 4-7 days in your home. With the proper care(see tips here) you can extend the life of your cut flowers. If your arrangement happens to have more than one type of flower you may notice that some last longer than others. Although there is no guarantee just how long a flower will last, below is a list of some of the more popular flowers and their average life span.
Flower Vase Life in Days
Alstromeria (Peruvian Lily) 6-14
Baby's Breath (Gypsophillia) 5-10+
Calla Lily 4-8
Carnation /Mini Carnation 6-14+
Cymbidium (Orchid) 7-28
Phalaenopsis (Orchid) 20-30
Queen Anne's Lace 3-5
Sweet Pea 3-7
A few other things that will affect the vase life of your flowers are: growing conditions, the amount of time the flower spent in transit, and post harvest care received in the distribution chain. One other note, arrangements made in floral foam generally do not last as long as flowers in a vase of water. The best advise I have for your flowers, sit back and enjoy them! Then will not last forever!
Thanksgiving, a day to stop and give thanks for all the blessings in our lives, a day to spend time with family, a day for good food and gorgeous table arrangements. But if you are like most people I know, the gorgeous table arrangement may have slipped your mind. Well, I have a quick and easy idea to help you out, think Cornucopia.
Ever since I was a kid the Cornucopia has always captured my interest. I guess even then I was drawn to things floral and decorative. The cornucopia or horn of plenty is a symbol of abundance and nourishment and commonly in a large horn-shaped container. Not only do cornucopias make lovely centerpieces at Thanksgiving they are great for the DIY'er.
How to make a Cornucopia:
First choose a container. If you don't have a cornucopia you can pick up a wicker or grapevine one at most craft stores. Or you could use a basket or even a burlap sack. Next choose any combinations of fruits, vegetable, nuts and seasonal flowers that you like. Collect and use things you have around the house; apples, oranges, pumpkins, gourds, potatoes, dried Indian corn, fresh or silk flowers, you get the idea, be creative and use your imagination. Then take your container and place it where you want to display it. You could choose to place a table runner, place mat or such underneath the container. If you are using a basket you could choose to tip it on it's side to create a spilling effect similar to the cornucopia. Finally arrange the items you found, in and around your container, start with your larger items. When you are happy with the placement of your items, sit back and enjoy.
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So you find yourself asking the questions, Wedding Flowers, where do I start? Don't worry you are not alone. With the surge of brides I have been talking to recently, I thought it would be a good time to re post the planning video I made last year. It is full of good tips and information. It will walk you through, step by step, on how to begin planning your wedding flowers. I hope you find it helpful. Feel free to contact us or leave any questions you may have below.
This week we want to hear from you. Send us any question(s) you have about Blooming Envy? Has Blooming Envy had the privilege to have designed for your event, tell us how we did. Do you have a flower question you would love to know the answer to? Or is there anything else you would you like to know (with in reason, wink, wink)? Also don't forget to tell us what you like and don't like about our blog. Comment below, leave us a review or email us. Most of all let us hear from you.
This week I leave you with the thought that you should plan for the unexpected, accidents can and do happen. The trick to keeping your cool is to have a backup plan. Below is a link to my blog from last summer but a great example of one such accident.
Are you ready for anything?
_So you find yourself with a beautiful arrangement of flowers from your Valentine. That's great news! It is scientifically prove that the presence of flowers increase feel good emotions, overall life satisfaction and affects social behavior in a positive manor. Flowers are the easiest way to improve our emotional health.
The average life of a fresh floral arrangement is usually about 4-7 days. Of course this will vary depending on where your flowers came from and how you care for them. Here are some tips to help keep your flowers looking as beautiful for as long as possible.
If you have any other flower care questions we are happy to answer them, just leave your comments below.
So you have been busy planning and making arrangements for your wedding. Now you find yourself ready to start planning you wedding flowers but are not sure how or where to begin. Take a moment to watch this short video we put together. It will walk you through, step by step, on how to begin planning your wedding flowers.
Faye K.-Owner/Designer at Blooming Envy since 2005.