Spring is in the air.
Birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and flowers are blooming. I went on a little trek in New York yesterday and I stumbled across a beautiful little flower shop in Chelsea. And since it’s peak season for blooms, blossoms and bouquets, I thought it would be nice to share with you a very easy way to prep your Spring time blooms just in time!
Yesterday, I was originally on the look out for another, particular flower shop around 23rd street, I believe. ( I have always been directionally challenged so when I found out I was headed the wrong way I wasn’t too surprised) But I don’t mind getting lost as long as I have no where important to go or I’m not running late. I think it can be a lot of serendipitous fun. Getting lost and finding a little cafe or a great vintage store somewhere, especially in Manhattan, is a wonderful thing.
The flower shop had beautiful, healthy flowers and even a cat named Hazel. Within 10 minutes we were best friends. I only wish I would’ve had my camera with me. It was definitely a Kodak moment.
The owner of the shop and I got to chatting and he told me some interesting tips for keeping your blooms healthy.
1. Make sure you have all of the tools and things that you need. I have a scissors, a knife, a penny, a vase full of water, and some special flower powder for healthy growth and nutrition
3. After you’ve removed the paper and unbound the flowers, lay out them all out. Then, cut all of the ends off of the stems. This not only ensures that the stem will receive enough nutrients, it will also help the flowers fit into the vase nicely.
4. After that, grade the ends of the stems with a knife. This step is usually only for the thicker stems. The owner of the flower shop told me, for my particular bouquet, only do this for my Hydrangea.
5. Arrange the flowers so they’ll fit nicely and cut them so the stem isn’t too long for your vase. When I arrange my blooms, I always tend to put my favorites in the middle, which are usually the bigger flowers; like Hydrangeas, Hyacinths, some Tulips or a few Roses. I then take the smaller, more delicate blooms, like Gypsophila (Baby’s Breath), Daisies, greenery or leaves, and arrange them in between and around the bigger ones.
6. After that’s all finished, have your vase ready and fill about 2/3 of the way. And if you have it, mix in the special flower powder along with it. I also add a penny into the vase as well. I’ve heard this helps make the bouquet last longer.
7. Gently place the blooms into the vase and feel free to experiment with whimsical ideas. For instance, I chose an old tea pot. I thought it matched the flowers quite well and gave it a very charming and unique look.
8. Make sure you have all of the flowers in your vase, and the ingredients as well. Now, you’ve done it! A beautiful little piece of Spring in your home.