Friday, February 21, 2014

Grocery Store Rose Arrangement

February is merely as long as is needed to pass the time until March. ~J.R. Stockton

Only one more week in February. I am so excited not only because the hubster and I are taking our first real vacation trip ever but even better, Spring has to be just around the corner. The trip we are taking is to Cancun Mexico. It is our 30th Anniversary and like I said, never been anywhere other than to visit fam in New York and Florida for vacations. I am excited and of course a bit nervous having only ever left the country to go to Canada and that is like, attached. Maybe I'll find something cool to share in the way of home making in the midst of Fantasy Island. Don't expect posts on the white sandy beaches and fancy plated dinners cause lets face it, no one wants to see your pictures from some tropical place when you are snowed and iced in up to your pituty.

I am also pretty excited to share this post today cause it was inspired by a series I did last year on arranging grocery store flowers using tulips and it was one of my most pinned on Pinterest and I have heard more people tell me they have used the ideas to add some beauty to their homes when it is dreary outside and this is the longest sentence I have ever written.

How many of us got grocery store roses for valentines day? It is so precious when our Loves finally buy them on the one week they double the price and they are already a week old when they come into our home. We still love them but I want to share a way to arrange them into a bit more unique arrangement than the vase they came in and also it will revive them and give you many more days to enjoy them than you would have if you just left them as is.
Now I realize it is way past Valentines at this point but the bright side is the roses are now back to half the price, about $10 a bundle in my grocery store.
This is also a kind of tutorial on how to use wet floral foam to arrange flowers so without further a-do and more blabber here goes.....
These are the roses that my hubby got me on the 13th of Feb. He likes me to have them for the entire day so he brings them home the night before or has them sent early on Valentines day. This is probably a couple of days later and you can see the dried leaves and curling edges of the roses. We are about to revive these lovelies so read on.
This is a piece of floral foam that I have used previously. I placed it in my sink and filled up the sink to cover and let it soak.
I chose a terra cotta pot cause everyone probably has one of these hanging around and it will do but a better container would be a glass or ceramic bowl. It would hold the moisture much better but even this will work. Make sure you have a saucer under it though.
After your foam is soaked full of water you are going to want to trim it to fit into your container, leaving it slightly raised above the rim. I use a bread knife and cut as little as possible off in order to make it fit the container.
The purpose of this photo is to show you the next step if you are using a glass or ceramic container. Floral tape will not stick to terra cotta so you have to rely on a tight fit to keep it secure but on glass a simple criss cross of floral tape will keep your foam anchored.
I was not very good in snapping pics of how I actually put the stems into the container so you will have to rely on the finished product and my instructions. The roses usually come with a couple sprigs of something and babies breath. Just enough that you want to keep it but not enough that it even looks good. I cut the couple green sprigs apart into 2-3" pieces and the Babies Breath as well.
Each rose was cut to only 3-4" removing all the leaves. Now the fun part. You insert all your roses into the floral foam. I put the longer stems in the middle and then tapered them down to cover the entire opening of the pot then tucked in sprigs to fill the vacant spots. It is beautiful left just like this. I wanted to use the entire bouquet so I also included the Babies Breath. I just tucked it in wherever.
This is my finished project. Today is day 9 since these came to my home and cutting the stems short allowed a fresh insurge of water and they looked gorgeous for the next week. They would have lasted maybe a couple more days had I not recut and created this.
Just make sure your foam stays wet and enjoy. With the terra cotta I could only drizzle a little water on top each day because it would just run into the saucer so next time I will use a less porous container that I would rarely have to even water but I can't imagine these would last any longer than they did.

I wish you a cozy rest  of the month and will check in after we return from our trip. I have a new and better Ranch dressing recipe to share with you and the best Greek salad one ever. I have been eating a lot of salads wishing for Spring so check back for those.

4 comments:

  1. Wanda, These are beautiful and I so love fresh flowers in the house. I just finished arranging my $5.00 dozen yellow roses picked up this afternoon at Kroger. The grocery is a great place to find beautiful flowers. I know when my Kroger hets deliveries so that day there is always markdowns from a couple days earlier.
    Your creative arrangement in the terra cotta pot is a perfect way to extend their beauty.
    Have a blessed weekend, Ginger

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    1. You hit on a great tip. Find out when the flowers are delivered to get the freshest pick or when mark downs will be taken. I have never noticed my grocery store doing mark downs on the flowers even when I can tell they are getting old-I'll have to ask about that. Thanks for stopping by and sharing. Have a wonderful week!

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  2. So lovely!!! I'm horrible at flowers. :/

    -andi

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  3. Really lovely, Wanda. I think the terra cotta pot adds to the whole effect. :)

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