Yesterday my husband and I celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary. Twenty one years-man do I feel old. Actually I don’t but I should cause that’s a heck of a long time. Way back when I read a quote that said ” Marry the right person. This one decision will determine 90% of your happiness or misery” by H. Jackson Brown Jr. , P.S. I Love you.
This book held so many little pieces of life advice that I really took to heart back in the day. Somewhere between one of our five moves I lost it and don’t believe it’s in circulation any longer, however, I did find a few available on e-bay if you’re interested.
Yesterday I came home and found a beautiful bouquet of roses waiting for me. They were lovely but just needed a little tweaking on my part.
After being together for as long as we have my husband really expected that to be the case:). I like my roses to be clustered tighter together and not as “leggy” as they are when not trimmed. Oh and the baby’s breath had to go. I had enough of it from back in the days of prom bouquets and corsages.
How to Arrange Long Stem Roses
Choose Your Vessel
I like to get creative when choosing a vessel to arrange my roses in. Here I laid out three possibilities. The first piece is a traditional Lenox China vase that I like to use when I just have two or three roses to display. The second piece I got on clearance at Target for less the $3.00. It’s an oversized pillar candle holder. The last piece is an urn that has a lid that I display on my dresser in our bedroom. Three different sizes. Three different possibilities.
Figure & Adjust Height
Put one rose in the vessel to figure out how much of the stem needs to be cut off to achieve the desired height of the bouquet. To get the tight clustered look I’m aiming for I cut enough of the stem off where just the head of the rose sticks out of the vase.
Trim the Stems & Remove Leaves
When trimming the stems of the roses always cut them off at an angle as pictured above. This allows for a larger surface area so the stem can take in more water, and preserve the roses for a longer period of time. Another tip, that I did not do but read about after the fact, is to put the stems under water and trim the ends while they are still submerged. This will prevent any air bubbles from getting into the stems, At this point you also need to take all of the leaves off of the stems.
Tape a Grid
Grab some regular masking tape and create a crisscross pattern over the opening to the vase. This is my favorite flower arranging tip. It insures that the roses are evenly distributed in the vase and that they don’t topple over.
Now on to the easy part… All the work is done. Just pop the flowers into each hole in the tape grid and sit back and admire your beautiful arrangement.
I played around with the other vases as well. I think my favorite is the one in the Target candle holder below…
I took a few of the roses and put them in the little vase..
You can use these arranging tips with any type of flower. Believe it or not cheap, simple, run of the mill grocery store carnations even look fabulous when clustered together using this technique.
Now there are no excuses this Valentines Day for any scary, leggy, baby’s breath filled, long stemmed rose flower arrangements. As long as you have a pair of scissors and a role of tape you have all the tools necessary to create a picture perfect masterpiece.