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Hi there to all my flower loving friends. You know how much I love my flowers, they are an important part of my life and I cannot imagine not having them in some shape or form. Whether its s small bunch of tulips from my local grocer or the motherload from the NY flower market….they just make me happy and honestly let’s be real, sometimes easier to get along with than people lol:)

So I went in the other day before meeting someone for lunch and found such beautiful flowers (no surprise). One of my favorites is G Page, in the floral district (a few others are Associated Cut Floral and Dutch Flower Line).  I know I will be able to walk away with a beautiful bounty when I visit G Page. I went in just for tulips but of course once there you cannot help but be seduced by so many incredible florals…it is intoxicating in more ways than one!

So today a look at my trip there and some of my flower arranging, took so many pictures that this warrants two posts. There is a lot of information and even more pictures so this is a “sit down and take five” kind of a post:) So onwards we go with part one-

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Can you get over these rannuculus!!

And how about these orchids and tulips!

My loot below waiting to get wrapped up-

First thing I did was open my tulips and let them breath in one of my beautiful footed hurricanes (which makes a perfect floral vase)

Then I got to work first with the “plate” arrangement-

  1. Get a block of oasis and submerge it in a bucket of water
  2. Secure it with some kind of tape, I did not have floral tape so plain old tape had to do
  3.  Trim it if necessary to the size of the plate (I used a dessert plate)
  4. Start arranging! I use larger flowers first (the hydrangeas in this case) and just “fill in” with the others

Good shears are VERY important

Gather your shears, your oasis on the plate and start working with the flowers, I start with the largest blooms first and place evenly around the oasis

This is what I call the storm before the calm-

My first plate arrangement was placed in one of my favorite mid sized blue/white planters-

Then placed it on top of the large lotus ginger jar-

Then in a silver container, it is so elegant and a bit more formal feeling-

Used cut stems in a few smaller vases as these always make such pretty arrangements to place in smaller areas, like an end table, nightstand or a powder room-

Mad this pretty smaller arrangement for a dear friend who we were having dinner with that night-

I loved putting the hyacinth and hydrangeas in my large etched mint julep cup as a beauitful bud vase for my nightstand and played around with it as an optin for a bridal shower look which I am going to be helping someone with…suffice to say I love it!

And then I tried them in one of my favorite wicker hurricanes and love it in this too-

And even created a litlte springy vignette, yes it’s only February, but to me bunnies work year round!

And then the next day I got busy playing around with larger scaled arrangements and there as no stopping me:) That will be part 2!

MY TWO MOST IMPORTANT FLOWER TIPS EVER-

Wilty hydrangeas that seem to be to the point of no return? Have no fear, my little “ICU” trick will work like a charm! So take your wilted, soggy, sad little hydrangea stems and give them a fresh cut. Get a container of very very hot water (almost boiling). Dip the head into the water for a few seconds then put them stem side down into the water for a good 30 minutes (sometimes takes a little longer) Step away and come back to see a nearly fully resurrected hydrangea. Here is a picture tutorial to show you what I mean!

And the second one is there is a reason all florists have their florals in a refrigerator, because they like it cold!! So while its wonderful to have our beloved flowers in the house during the day to enjoy, at night mine go outside where its cool, if its below 40 degrees they go in the garage.

Obviously summertime they stay indoors (in the coolest part of the house)  and if at all possibly can fit in a refrigerator that’s where they go. Bottom line is the longer they are in colder weather, the longer they will last!

So many people ask me about my favorite containers for my flowers, I have many. Here are my thoughts (all from my shop, click here)

  • Porcelains are a no brainier, there is literally no color  flower that does not look sensational with blue and white. Ginger jars, planters, fishbowls, bowls…they all work. Period.
  • I am really loving using  my wicker hurricanes of all sizes for cut florals, they are such an effortless yet really beautiful look, slightly more casual but uber elegant too
  • Silver containers make exquisite more formal looking arrangements
  • And definitely loving my etched hurricanes (both sizes) as the ultimate elegant floral vase. They really make exquisite containers
  • A silver mint julep (either med or large) is the perfect bud vase, all you need are a few stems and in a minute, you have a perfect little arrangement, perfect for nightstands, end tables and a pretty touch for a powder room or guest room when you have guests

Here are some of my favorites, all from my shop-

 

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Hope this gave you your “floral fix” for the day, talking about flowers never gets old. Maybe gave you some ideas of your own….definitely makes me want to have some kind of gathering just to do the flowers:)  I am so happy when I get to play with flowers…..ended up using them for a photo shoot which worked out well.

They are still going (keeping them outside at night) and hope to wrap up the last of my photos today/tomorrow. I always enjoy giving them away too, gave a few small arrangements to a few friends, nothing better than receiving flowers. I will be back with part 2 next week sometime with even more arrangements, they are like the gift that keeps on giving. I am counting down the days until it’s cherry blossom time!

Hope you enjoyed, thanks for stopping in, wishing everyone a wonderful day. Until next time…..

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Dana Dowd Williams on

Love each and every one of your blogs. Do you need to be a registered business with a tax ID to go to the flower district? Would love to know. Thank you, Dana

Peggy Wilkins on

You have such beautiful china (I’m in love with the Tiffany-blue set), crystal, and of course-porcelains! Your home is real eye-candy and an inspiration! Thank you for sharing. <3

Eileen on

A real breath of springtime! Talk about a kid in a candy store!! What fun!!

Carolyn on

Wow there are so many gorgeous pictures here my eyes didn’t know which way to look first! I also love flowers but do not have the talent that you do, you are gifted! I know many have said it but I really do hope that you’re considering coming out with a book. I have no doubt it would be a best seller.

Cindy G on

Tina, you started my day off with a large refreshing sigh. GORGEOUS FLOWERS, GORGEOUS CONTAINERS, GORGEOUS KITCHEN!! You are just so talented and have such great taste!. It’s so kind of you to continually share your talent and your home with us. I can’t wait til the peonies and the irises and the daffodils etc… start blooming and every yard comes alive with the flowers that have been sleeping all winter. It’s the thought of these that get me through from Christmas til spring. I’m so glad to know your ‘plate’ arrangement idea. Have always just used the vases and now a whole new interchangeable world has opened up! Thank you for the constant inspiration!

Louise Gorham on

Gave me a morning boost!
Every thing you do is wonderful…

Liz on

Just beautiful!!!

RayeLynn Fletcher Longhini on

I’m a little confused! After you fix the arrangement on the dessert plate you said you placed it on top of the container. Do you mean still attached to the plate? So, then, the size of the plate needs to fit on top of the container you want it in eventually? Thanks for your expertise and help!

Cathi on

Tina, please pardon my ignorance, but I’m confused… In your ICU trick you said, “Get a container of very, very hot water (almost boiling). Dip the head into the water for a few seconds then put them stem side down into the water for a good 30 minutes (sometimes takes a little longer)” ~ but then you went on to explain how flowers love the cold. It almost looked as though ice was in the water you showed in your picture. So you are saying to put the stems into very hot water for 30 minutes? Thank you!

Kathy M. on

Absolutely beautiful! It is so kind of you to share your many talents .

Alice on

I would also like to know if you need a tax i’d number to buy at the flower markets

Melissa on

Tulips are my most favorite flower and I would keep them in my home year round if I could. Mixed with either peonies or hydrangeas brings me such happiness.

Bond Moore on

I loved this post!! Thanks for sharing your tips! Especially the one about the plate with the oasis and the hydrangea tips!! Always enjoy reading The Enchanted Home! I know you are enjoying your place in Palmetto Bluff! We have one at Sea Island Georgia, not too far away! Beautiful part of the world!

Ann Hanusik on

Absolutely beautiful flowers and arrangements.

Jane on

This is a favorite post-the many beautiful flowers in such lovely containers brightened the day.

Karen A Bauer-Tortorella on

Dear Tina:

You do so many things on your marble counters. How do you keep them from getting etched? Mine are horrible and I am very careful.

Dana on

Cathi yes you let the hydrangeas soak in the hot water for about 30 min. It seems counter intuitive but it really works. I don’t dip the heads first and this has always worked for mine.

Mair on

Newbie here… where can I read the responses to these questions?
I’m unclear on if you leave the arrangement on the dessert plate and set it into the various planters and fill with water. Also, did you actually place one whole container (with arrangement) on top of the large jar? I’ve never understood how to do an arrangement in something that tall. Help!!!

Kate on

I knew a florist—he did only weddings. He used your technique for arranging, but had a collection of the terra colored clay flower pot saucers —In all sizes to sit in different containers.

Kelly Authier on

Love the hydrangea idea!

Bettie Pardee on

Flower arranging is such a soothing and satisfying way to spend one’s time… and look what you have when you’re finished!!

SPAYMANT pascale on

magnifique!!!

Linda Mansfield on

Thank you for sharing all the beautiful flowers and your arrangements! That would be such a fun place to shop. Have a great day!!

Seraphina on

Thank you so much for these tips and beautiful flowers shots, just cheers up a dull day and simple but effective methods to one of the pesky things that bothered me with hydrangeas ☺️🌸

Charlene on

Love your sharing of skill and creativity with us here💞Everything is just lovely! Thank you!

Kathy on

How do you keep your “plate arrangements” watered? Are you just placing the plate on top of a ginger jar?
When you say you put plate “in” your container does this mean the container must be big enough to accommodate a dessert plate inside it?

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