For the gentlemen out there planning a Valentine's Day dinner for their bride-to-be, you won't want to forget flowers for the table. So Presh Floral is sharing how to create an easy vase arrangement. Here's what you'll need:
- Footed vase
- Flower frog (approx $10-20 depending on the size)
- Floral putty such as Surestik (approx $15)
- Floral clippers (approx $10-20)
- A towel
- Keira garden roses (3 stems – approx $7/stem)
- Majolika spray roses (1 stem – approx $4/stem)
- Light pink hyacinth (1 stem – approx $5/stem)
- White spray roses (1 stem – approx $4/stem)
- White ranunculus (3 stems – approx $5/stem)
- White veronica (2 stems – approx $3/stem)
- White stock (2 stems – approx $5/stem)
- White frilly edged tulips (3 stems – approx $4/stem)
- Salal (2 stems – approx $1/stem)
- English ivy (clip 2 vines – approx $10-20 for a pot)
- Tiki tree fern (1 stem – approx $0.50/stem)
Step One: Once you've picked your vase make sure it is clean and dry. If the vase is wet, it will be difficult to securely place the flower frog. If the vase is not clean, the flowers won't last as long.
Step Two: We prefer to use frogs to secure flowers in arrangements because they are more environmentally friendly than floral foam. Floral foam is not biodegradable, cannot be re-used and contains some not so great for you ingredients. Also, certain flowers don't do so well in floral foam. Our favourite flower frogs are available at Lee Valley in several sizes and shapes.
Step Three: To secure the frog into your vase, place a circle of floral putty around perimeter of the flat side and a little bit in the middle. Floral putty is basically very strong sticky tac and is available at large craft stores.
Step Four: Place the flower frog in the centre of your place and use a towel to press it into place to protect your hands. Once the frog is securely in place, fill your vase with water.
Step Five: Create a base of greenery for your arrangement by placing pieces of salal around the perimeter of the vase.
Step Six: Next, place a focal flower such as a garden rose towards the front of the vase. Fill in around the garden rose with spray roses, ranunculus, and hyacinth so that the flower frog is not visible. If you would like the arrangement to be viewed from all angles as opposed to being “front-facing”, make sure to turn the arrangement around and place some flowers on the other side as well.
Step Seven: To create more interest, add some line flowers, like veronica and stock, to the arrangement as well as some greenery like tree fern and ivy.
Step Eight: Set the table with your creation and don't forget the champagne and candles!