On arranging flowers. | ALENA KIRBY

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Not sure what to do with all those gorgeous hydrangeas blooming on your property?  Don’t let the likes of me tell you what to do with them.  Let Gwyneth and Martha be your guides!  Then you can pop by our tent sale to pick up some of our handmade glass vases at 50% off!  Hurray!  Your home is about to take fabulous to the next level.

Flower arranging by vase

Flower Arranging by Vase on goop.com

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Flower arranging by bloom

flower arranging by bloom at marthastewart.com

Click here to see flower arranging by bloom at marthastewart.com

A few basic tips for newbie flower arrangers

  • Remember than nature is asymmetrical and so should your arrangements be.  Try using odd numbers, varied depth and random heights.
Martyn Thompson for realsimple.com

Photo Martyn Thompson for realsimple.com

  • Be gutsy – go ahead and cut tall flowers short.  You can achieve maximum impact by playing with scale.  Imagine the drama created by a single large bloom in a low, transparent vase.
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Click to buy at alenakirby.com

Click to buy at alenakirby.com

Click to buy at alenakirby.com

  • Fill in you bouquet with backyard plants to add interest.  Your beautiful Queen Anne’s Lace may be a weed but it can come in handy, as can your garden foliage like forsythia, coleus, begonia leaves, and ivy.
Queen Anne's Lace, Forsythia, Coleus, Peonies with begonia leaves, and ivy.

Queen Anne’s Lace, Forsythia, Coleus, Peonies with begonia leaves, and ivy.

  • If you’re just getting started with flower arrangements, slender neck vases are your best friend – they hold your blooms up artfully without letting anything droop.

Keeping your cut flowers fresh

  • Adding sweet carbonated lemon-lime soda to the water will keep your flowers a little bit longer once they’ve begun to look slightly wilted.
  • Try this vinegar mix for flowers that are looking thirsty: 2 tbsps vinegar, 1 tsp sugar, and 1Lt. water.
  • Touch up the roots by adding 2 drops household bleach, 1 tsp sugar and 1Lt water.
  • Blooms such as poppies, dahlias and orchids have hollow stems that can be seared before being placed in a vase.  Briefly holding the end over a flame will prevent them from excreting that white, milky substance and will keep those gorgeous blooms perky for a little while longer.  Note: put them in warm, not cold, water.
searing cut stem, pointsetia

Photo southernliving.com

  • For woodier stems, like hydrangeas, cut a cross shape into the bottom of them stem (after cutting on an angle).  This will allow them to absorb more water.

Below are some of my images from our Flowers In Glass Vases Pinterest Board (click to see the whole board).

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Have fun!  Send us some pics of what’s in your favorite vase!

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