6 tips to make ordinary grocery store flowers look amazing! Learn how to spot the freshest flowers, which ones to buy, and how to showcase them! Don’t spend a fortune at the florist and instead make your own beautiful bouquets.
I love to decorate with fresh flowers in my home, especially during Springtime! Fresh flowers help breathe a little “life” into a room and bring the outdoors in. Plus, they add a little color which helps to change up the look of a room without spending a lot of money.
While I would love to go to the flower market and pick out all of my favorites, it’s just not possible. We have a few nice florists nearby, but I find them to be a bit pricey.
So instead, I buy my flowers from my local grocery store because they have an amazing floral section! Or if you’re lucky to live near a Trader Joe’s, they have beautiful fresh-cut flowers at great prices. I’m usually able to find several of my favorites in a variety of colors, including roses, stock, hydrangeas, ranunculus, snap dragons, and peonies!!
Here are my SIX best tips for making ordinary grocery store flowers look amazing and stay fresh! I’m not a flower expert or a floral arranging artist, but these tips have always worked for me to ensure that my blossoms look as good as they can for as long as possible.
1. Buy One Type of Flower – Skip the Mixed Bouquet
Personally, I’m not a fan of the ready-made mixed bouquets. My issue with the mixed bouquet is that they often have only a few of the more expensive, nice flowers, mixed with lots of “filler” flowers and a lot of leaves and greenery that take away from the “wow” of the individual blossoms. Not to mention that you’ll find some of the flowers aren’t as fresh as others.
Instead, purchase a single-flower bouquet. This way, you can ensure all the freshness of the bouquet, plus you’ll have more dramatic impact. If you want to add some variety, consider a small accent flower, like wax flower, berries, or branches.
2. Look for the Freshest Flowers
The same way you inspect produce before buying, inspect your flowers! You want to ensure they look well-hydrated and not shriveled. Check to ensure there aren’t brown edges on the petals or slime on the stem. Purchasing blooms that haven’t fully opened yet will also ensure that they last longer.
Some varieties of flowers last longer than others, so take that into consideration when purchasing your flowers. Lilies, orchids, carnations, spray roses, and regular roses are all varieties that last a long time.
3. Keep Things Simple
I tend to have very simple flower arrangements because this is my personal preference. Plus, unless you have some training, creating complex floral arrangements is hard!
You can create an eye-catching display with just one type of impactful flower. This cuts down on cost and also keeps things easy for you!
3. Cut & Water Properly
Always cut at least an inch off the bottom of your stems using a sharp knife. The key is to not crush the stem. Also cut at a 45 degree angle so that you increase the surface area for water absorption!
3. Feed Your Flowers & Ditch the Leaves
To make your flowers last longer, always use the food packet that comes with them. Also, remove the leaves so that all of the flower’s resources can go to the bud itself. If you want some of the leaves, leave just a couple but ensure they are above the water line. Of course, you can always add green stems to your arrangement.
4. Think Beyond the Standard Vase
Part of what makes an arrangement beautiful and “work” within your decor is the vase itself! But don’t limit yourself to a standard vase and instead, consider using anything that is water-tight, including trophies, champagne buckets, pitchers, drinking glasses, sugar bowls, and even egg cups!
5. Dry Your Beautiful Buds
When your flowers begin to die, don’t throw them out! Instead, dry them! Some flowers dry nicer than others, so I’m partial to roses and hydrangeas. When I dry roses, I usually just leave in the vase and let them dry just as they are. To dry hydrangeas, you can follow my drying guide.
And don’t forget, branches and clippings from your yard work beautifully indoors, too!
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