Spring Flower Arrangement Using Garden and Grocery Store Flowers

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The arrival of spring means alfresco dining! I set a table to dine outdoors and created a table centerpiece using garden and grocery store flowers.
I started with a garden urn as a centerpiece. It has a distressed white finish that makes it a favorite container to use for an alfresco table or garden setting.
My urn is not watertight, so I placed a plastic container inside and secured it with waterproof floral tape. Instead of using wet floral foam, a piece of chicken wire makes for easy arranging to support the flower stems in the arrangement. You can find chicken wire at the hardware store or the craft store. It comes in rolls and is easy cut with pliers to the size you need. I've reused this piece numerous times which you can see by the discoloration.
Our laurel shrubs are covered in their signature white spring blooms, so I cut some greenery with blooms as a base for the arrangement.
For a long-lasting arrangement, add a packet of commercial floral preservative to your water that comes with your flowers from the grocery store.
If you don’t have any floral preservative you can mix your own with this easy formula:

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.
Bunches of $4 Alstroemeria and Charmelia from the grocery store provide some spring pink and yellow color to the arrangement. Both Alstroemeria and Charmelia will last about 2 - 3 weeks.
Our Bridal Wreath Spirea has been beautiful this spring and I added some sprigs to tuck in the arrangement. See it in full bloom along with other Fast Growing and Low Maintenance White Spring Blooms you might want to consider planting in your garden.
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 arrangement out of direct sunlight.

If possible, change your water in your arrangement every two days.
You can find more flower arranging tips and techniques, here. Table sources and details at the blog link below!
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