It is snowing outside - again. And as much as I do enjoy winter, I've truly had my fill this year. To distract myself I've been avoiding the snowy view outside my windows and looking at beatiful imagery of houseplants and flower arrangements, teaching myself about the growing habits of some new plants I've got my eye on (such as the medinilla magnifica) and learning about different styles of flower arranging. I do like formal arrangements, but I've been leaning more and more towards freeform bouquets with their layered textures and more casual personalities. They strike a modern atmosphere without losing any charm. Soft pinks and purples with muted whites and creams, green and silvery foliage and a mix of contrasting shapes and sizes are the combinations I am currently enamored of. They match my apartment and my mood. I've gathered ten images of some very lovely bouquets with a few notes. I hope they distract you from any persistent winter weather that might be getting you down and inspire you to visit your local florist for a little pick-me-up.
Tips for arranging flowering branches:
1. Cut the stems at a 45-degree angle and slit the base with a knife, making a cut about a quarter of an inch in lengh. You can also gently smash the ends of the branches with a hammer until the end splits but does not shatter or become crushed. This allows the branch to absorb more water.
2. Store the branches immediately in a vase filled with about three inches of tepid water until you are ready to arrange them. Make sure not to submerge too much of the branch in water to avoid fungal growth and bacteria in the water.
3. Mist the branches frequently to keep them from drying out.
piraea vanhouttei and tropical foliage it is a virtuoso! What keeps it simple and restful to the eye is the restricted colour palette: white and green.
The beautiful whorls and petals of Picasso Ranunculus Burgundy look simply elegant in a pale ivory pitcher. A single white ranunculus lends some punctuation.