Oh winter, please stop with all this teasing. You gave us a beautiful taste of spring last week and then ripped it right out from under us while covering us in more white SNOW. Now don’t get me wrong, I love white but I have seen too much of it this winter and I need green; bright and fresh summer green.
So, instead of waiting for Mother Nature to hurry up, I took matters into my own hands and added that much needed green into my life.
All it took was a quick trip to the local grocery store and I had all the green I need to get started. At the grocery store, I started off in the floral department picking up a bunch of green Carnations for $7.99. Then I headed to the produce section, yup I said produce! Why produce you might be asking?? Well, I have been very inspired by veggies lately and I wanted to add some to this week’s flowers. Veggies and flowers are a really great combo, trust me on this! While in the Produce section I grabbed some broccoli, brussel sprouts and a green apple, all for under $2.00.
Here is look at how it all started; followed by the steps it took to make the arrangement:
- Soak Oasis foam in water until fully saturated.
- Cut foam to fit into water tight container, keep the foam ¾” to 1” higher than the top of the container.
- Tape the foam to container with floral tape, this keeps the arrangement stable.
- Clean fruit and veggies, remove all undesirable leaves.
- Insert floral picks into the bottom of the fruit and veggies. You may need to use a knife to start a hole for the pick to go into.
- Once the veggie/fruit is tightly secured to the pick insert it into the foam.
- Cut stems of Carnations to a desirable length and insert into the foam.
- Arranging hint: keep the different elements of the design grouped together in uneven clusters.
- Try and use as much of the fresh material as you can, I like to cut up the leftover Carnation stems and use them in the arrangement for interest.
- The last and most important step is to enjoy all your hard work!
Don’t veggies make the perfect companion to flowers?? I think so, you?
If you are ever in a pinch and need a quick and inexpensive arrangement just reach into the fridge and raid your vegetable drawer, the possibilities are endless!