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We've all heard a friend or family member say "I've heard that if you stick them in this, then they will last twice as long" or, "My Nan used to put hers in this".
So, I thought I would set out and put these cut flower myths to bed and find out the actual truth and to discover the best way to care for cut flowers at home.
There are so many different ideas flying around that I simply couldn't test ALL of them so I took a little selection which were;
- Plain fresh water
- Flower food
The theory behind all these ideas is to eliminate or reduce the bacteria growth because this is what makes the flowers wilt and die. The bleach is meant to 'cleanse' the water, the sugar is meant to 'dissolve' the bacteria along with the vodka, the flower food is also meant to eliminate the bacteria growth whilst the fresh water gets changed, therefore stopping any bacterial growth within the vase.
Anyway, here are my results!
Group shot - Day 1
Group shot - Day 3
Bleach | Flower Food | Plain Water - Day 3
Sugar | Vodka - Day 3
Bleach | Flower Food | Plain Water - Day 6
Sugar | Vodka - Day 6
Group shot - Day 9
Bleach | Flower Food | Plain Water - Day 9
Sugar | Vodka - Day 9
So, I'll let you be the judge yourself but I think it's obvious which works and which doesn't! When looking after your cut flowers, don't do anything bizarre with them, OK?!
I thought it would be good to share a little simple step-by-step for how I created this posy.
This posy was for a funeral, although you can use these shapes for pretty much anything. You could always build up the height to create a fantastic eye-catching centre piece.
There are many rumours about oasis and whether or not flowers last as long in them as they do in water etc. The truth is that they last roughly the same length of time as cut flowers in a vase. As long as the oasis is topped up with water you will get a similar shelf life. I have come across many different ways in soaking the oasis, and this is where you can go wrong. You must not force the oasis into the water. The best and easiest way to prepare it is to fill up a bucket/sink of fresh clean, cold water and pop the oasis onto the water. It will float at first and gradually soak up the water. If you force the oasis into the water it won’t fully absorb it and will only have water on the outside. This is where you can loose the longevity of the flowers, because any stems in the centre, where there isn’t any water, will obviously die quickly.
Once I had soaked the oasis circle I started my box pleating.
I use a stapler as it is much easier and quicker than pinning the pleats into place straight onto the oasis bottom. Once I had enough length of pleat, I then stapled the ribbon all the way around the oasis bottom, onto the solid green base.
The colour scheme the client wanted was yellow, white and blue so I decided to use white as the main colour and then use the other two colours for the added extra detail.
I cut off all the heads of the white chrysanthemums, so that they were short enough to not snap but also long enough to stay in place. If the stems are too long then it’s harder to insert into the oasis. I had already decided where I wanted the detail to go so I filled the posy as much as I needed to.
Here are a few pictures of the detail which I then added in with yellow roses and blue hydrangeas.
I then wired a few blue delphiniums (blue larkspur) to slot in around the hydrangea petals. I love larkspur flowers as their colour is so vibrant but they are very delicate.
I then added yellow chrysanthemums around the edge of the hydrangeas and larkspur to add more colour and then grass blades across the rose heads. I wired each end so that the grass blades were secure and fixed into the oasis posy.
And there we have it…
I hope you followed as well as I intended. I really do enjoy creating oasis pieces and hope to show you another step-by-step guide in the near future!
So thought I’d take the plunge and finally start a blog about all things floristry! I’ve been wanting to start one for ages, mainly so I can share things with you all but also so that I can remember everything that goes on in my business world!
I’ll start by telling you a little bit about myself and how The Flower Fairies came about. I knew when I was fairly young that University wasn’t something that interested me and that I wanted to get out and work straight away. After leaving school at 17 and only completing one year of A-Levels, I headed out into the big bad world and starting doing some work experience at a PR company in Guildford. 2 weeks turned into 5 and they offered me an apprenticeship role. I loved it! We worked with some fantastic brands and great products which led to amazing trips abroad. One that sticks in my mind more than most, was a Diageo press event in Dubai. I won’t bore you with the details, but oh my, it was amazing!
After just over two years, the internal teams starting moving around and I felt it was time to move on. I headed closer to home in Wokingham and was a member of the marketing team at Romans Estate Agents. I was based at their Head Office for just under 5 months before being moved into a sales branch to take up a role of Sales Negotiator. Having never done a specific sales role before, the challenge was quite daunting but something that I got my teeth stuck into and got on with. Within the first 12 months I started to appear on the company league tables which led to me winning a sales award.
Unfortunately the hours started to get too long, and being so young I felt that there was more out there than working 63 hours a week including weekends. I spent many evenings (and lunch breaks!) pondering about what I could do and how I could spend the time more wisely! The office I worked in and the group of people I worked with were fantastic but I wanted something more, something bigger. Something for myself.
Now you haven’t read anything about me getting involved in flowers yet have you… and people still think that my job now has evolved from nowhere however, in my head I have always loved flowers and used to love picking flowers for my bedroom from the supermarkets when I was younger. Working with flowers was always a dream job but I never thought I’d ever be able to do it or have the time.
So during one of my ponder sessions I decided to just go for it. If I wasn’t going to do it then, I wasn’t ever going to do it. So, I left Romans and started up The Flower Fairies and attended a course in Covent Garden, London at The Covent Garden Academy of Flowers. I’m going to be honest and say that it’s one of the scariest things but I try not to think about it, and just get on with it.
6 months into it and with the help of friends and family, I have some fantastic clients, and have worked with some lovely customers. I am looking forward to sharing my stories with you all on this blog over the next coming months and hope that you all enjoy what you read!