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Garden Bouquet Tips and Flower Arranging Hack

The peonies are in bloom so I'm celebrating with a garden arrangement and sharing an easy way to arrange your flowers with something you usually throw away!
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I have a handy tip and hack to share that makes flower arranging a breeze and a way to recycle too. . . put those plastic netting bags to work that produce comes in, usually citrus and avocados!
  • garden bouquet tips and flower arranging hack
It’s always a happy day for me when the peonies burst into bloom and I couldn’t resist gathering some flowers for a garden bouquet in celebration!
  • garden bouquet tips and flower arranging hack
The plastic netting bag is strong and flexible, making it a perfect material to support your flower stems. It also saves the step of taping off a grid pattern on your vase. Cut your bag to the size of the top of your vase and then use floral tape to secure the plastic netting along the top or rim of you vase. The netting is slippery and flexible so you’ll need to tape it securely to keep it in place.
  • garden bouquet tips and flower arranging hack
I used a ‘vase within a vase’ method, nesting a smaller vase inside a larger one.
The plastic netting is a great alternative to using chicken wire, here, since the chicken wire can become as much of an obstacle as a support system if you’re arranging a lot of flowers in your vase.
  • garden bouquet tips and flower arranging hack
I cut some hosta leaves to a place between the walls of the vases, to camouflage the stems and provide a little garden green color and texture. Hosta leaves are always so big and beautiful when they first unfurl in spring before any garden critters have a chance to munch on them!
  • garden bouquet tips and flower arranging hack
Japanese privet is in bloom here now, so I cut some stems for filler and to enjoy the pretty white blooms.
  • garden bouquet tips and flower arranging hack
If you don’t have any commercial floral preservative to add to your water, you can make your own to help your cut flowers last longer. There are a lot of homemade solutions and theories about adding aspirin, vinegar, vodka, bleach, sugar, and pennies to your vase water to prolong the life of your flowers.

Here’s an easy formula you can mix at home and some tips to help prolong the life of your cut flowers:

Mix one part lemon-lime soda (regular, not diet) to three parts water, along with 1/2 teaspoon of bleach. The citric acid in the soda helps the water travel up the stems to the flowers more rapidly, while providing food in the form of sugar. The bleach helps fight the growth of bacteria, allowing the flowers to stay hydrated and fresh.
  • garden bouquet tips and flower arranging hack
The plastic mesh works for Ball jars as a flower frog, placing the netting on the mouth of the jar and using the lid to hold the netting in place. Perfect for a simple and easy Ball jar bouquet for Mother's Day!
  • garden bouquet tips and flower arranging hack
Other tips to help your cut flowers last:

Cut the stems of your flowers at a 45-degree angle one inch from the bottom for maximum water uptake.
Remove all leaves below the waterline to prevent bacteria in the water.
Keep your vase out of direct sunlight and change your vase water every 2 days.
  • garden bouquet tips and flower arranging hack
 Lamb’s ear is blooming with spikes of pinkish purple colored flowers and provide pretty silvery soft stalks of color and texture to the garden arrangement, along with the peonies and privet.

More photos and details at the post below!

Materials I used for this project:

  • Glass vases, 2 sizes, one smaller than the other
  • Plastic netting bag from avocado
  • Garden flowers
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To see more: https://homeiswheretheboatis.net/2017/05/03/garden-bouquet-diy-and-recycling-flower-arranging-hack/

Got a question about this project?

  • Sue Lilly
    Sue Lilly United Kingdom

    talent for arranging, just opened a bag of oranges

  • Randy
    Randy Fayetteville, NY

    Now I know what else I can do with all the netting I am saving besides using it to store garlic, shallots, and bulbs. Thanks.

  • Katie Dillon
    Katie Dillon Point Pleasant Beach, NJ

    I'm so happy i saw this! Your brilliant! I love my fresh flowers from my gardens and now I dont have to have 6 hands to keep the flowers in place 😀. Thanks for the post.

  • Nancy dennis
    Nancy dennis Windsor, NC

    I love this idea! now my arrangement will stay in place without using a rubberband to hold them together

  • Ethel Kirkpatrick

    Your arrangement looks fabulous! Thanks so much for your lovely and practical ideas on flower arranging... I never would have thought to use the mesh bags... now I will!

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