By Elizabeth Wesley-Martin, Horticulturist
Tips to keep in mind when floral arranging:
- Work with an odd number of flowers: Using an uneven number of flowers can help an arrangement to look more organic and natural.
- It is best to pick your flowers in the cooler hours of the morning or later in the evening.
- Cut your stems one at a time, at a 45 degree angle. This allows for greater surface area and increase of water uptake.
- Change the water daily. If available, filtered water is best.
- Keep arrangements out of direct sunlight.
1st arrangement (dark purple bearded irises in rose bowl)
- Fill your rose bowl halfway with water
- Line the bowl with foliage (ferns)
- Cut the tops of Irises and place them into the water
2nd arrangement (3 white vases with yellow irises)
- Using both the iris and iris leaves, place each into a matching vase with water
3rd arrangement (Tall arrangement with single bearded iris stem, allium and foliage)
- Use a single stem with multiple bearded iris blooms to add height to your arrangement
- Add cuttings of in-season flowers and foliage from your yard
- Examples of spring / early summer blooms: allium, daffodil, tulip, lilac, tall twigs or branches for more height
4th arrangement (3-5 bud vases with different colored irises)
- Fill a few bud vases with water
- Cut your irises at varying heights and place a stem or two into each vase
- Different varieties and colors of irises can be grouped together, making for a fun statement piece