Get Creative With Your
Flower Arranging
It's Far Easier Than You Think

Have you been intimidated by the thought of flower arranging but encountered failure even before you bought the flowers? Arranging flowers is not that difficult with a little guidance and some great ideas! Displaying your flowers is fun especially when being creative in stylish but simple ways.

The first thing to start with is finding some basic household containers for your fresh cut flowers.

Don't be limited to the typical glass vase but expand the horizons of your creativity and just start to look around you. Grandma's old water picturemakes a great country look or a sterling silver pitcher for a more traditional look.

Simple candle votive holders with a single flower in it at each place setting at your dinner party, adds a touch of elegance.

Old containers and bottles can be be extremely nostalgic. The ideas are endless without the expense of purchasing a vase. Choosing flowers with large heads like lilies, orchids or sunflowers individually put in a container all lined up is quite stylish.

Using vintage teapots, tumblers or even old jam jars can create a conversation piece. Be sure to cut the stems short so the flowerheads skim the top of the container. Jar or glass containers can be put inside baskets for a unique fall look or spring assortment.

If you have a suitable vase but the color is just not right, have a shot at wrapping it with ribbon, string or a headscarf. This adds a pleasant visual interest and distracts a person's eye away from the vase. You could also consider placing the vase inside of a decorative gift bag that matches your theme or home decor.

It is much easier to coordinate the color of flowers once you have the vase design set. Yet another excellent idea is to cover the exterior of the vase with double-sided adhesive tape, and then stick large leaves vertically all around. A lot of household leaves look wonderful because of the unusual markings, coloration or glossiness.

If you don't have any leaves you could wind plain or colored string in coils around the jars or bottles. Adding beads or shells can add an ethnic look. Satin parcel ribbon or even honeysuckle vines will work. Go with what pleases you most.

Another lovely way of displaying flowers is to cut off individual flower heads and float them in a low dish of water. Adding small floating candles can create a very romantic atmosphere, and brings an element of peace and tranquillity into your flower arrangement as well as your home.

Flower arranging is not something you can really fail at if the flowers you love are mixed with the people you love. It doesn't matter if your flower arrangement is for your home or someplace else, simply enjoy your creation and the time you invested in creating it.

Stop and smell the flowers is a cliché we have all heard but oh so true! In this fast paced world in which we live, we should all take time to enjoy the scents, beauty and diversity of flowers

Flowers A-Z...

There are a number of books on the subject of flower arranging that you will find in most good book stores. The book 'Flowers A to Z' published in 2005 is an excellent guide for buying, growing, cutting and arranging.

Many individuals love the concept of a home brimming with freshly cut flowers, but unfortunately, the majority have no idea how to select, care for, and arrange flowers, much less grow them. This superb guide is written for anyone who appreciates flowers and would like to celebrate them in the home or garden.

The main section of the book is arranged alphabetically from Agapanthus to Zinnia for quick access, and there are some truly magnificent full-page photographs that depict each flower at its finest. Smaller sized images provide useful visual guides, showing the difference between fresh and older flowers and demonstrating the care necessary for that specific type.

A special quick-reference box on each flower offers: the flower's various names; the varieties in which it comes; available colours; scent; characteristics of freshness or aging; vase life in number of days; and relative cost. Other features may include a flower's meaning in the language of flowers or other items of interest. A wonderful combination of beauty and practicality, this book is essential for any flower lover.

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