Shout out to all you DIY peeps- especially all you brides crazy enough to do your own flowers on your big day 🙂 (teehee that was me for my centerpieces). Zest it Up was excited about this little golden nugget we recently discovered here on the central coast, Skyline Flowers. We recently used them with ordering wholesale flowers for some of our event arrangements. It was such a smooth process, check out their inventory and email for current prices and availability- then pick up your beauties yourself (i went to Nipomo, but they have a few locations ). I couldn’t help but share this great experience with our DIY brides and even those of you just wanting to get some fresh local wholesale flowers! Here are some pics from my little field trip…
And for those DIY florists, some flower tips that I take from Better Homes & Garden:
- Put flowers in water as soon as you get them home. Fill buckets with water, add floral preservative, and then add flowers.
- Cut an inch off the stems using a sharp knife, especially if the flowers will sit a while before being arranged. The fresh cut will help the stems absorb water better.
- Warm water helps tightly closed flower heads, such as roses or ranunculus, to open fully. Leave them in water for a day or two before using them.
- Use florist’s foam to keep flowers in place and constantly hydrated so they last longer. Soak the foam for 15 minutes before cutting it to fit the container. Water the foam every couple of days.
- Recut stems just before adding them to the arrangement. Strip off any leaves that fall below the water line.
- Add large, heavy flowers first turning the arrangement as you work to ensure even placement on all sides. Fill in with smaller, airier blooms, and leave enough space between the stems so individual flowers have room to shine. Include flowers with various shapes and stem lengths.
- Make your bouquet taller than its container by about one and a half times. Also, make the width balance the height.
- Mix in different textures for a monochromatic arrangement that’s interesting to look at.
- Save larger leaves and stems with leaves on them to fill in around the flowers. Drape some of the greenery over the container’s rim.
- Keep flowers away from sunlight and heating vents. Recut stems and add water often.
You ready to make some fun fall floral arrangement for your wedding, thanksgiving table, or holiday season?