How to arrange your Valentine's flowers
Winter would be so blah without Valentine's Day to brighten it with cards and candy.
Flowers take it to the next level of loving thoughtfulness.
For a different look this Valentine's Day, try a little whimsy with some fresh-cut tulips — also, roses, mums, daffodils, lilies or whatever you fancy — you pick up and arrange at home.
In more temperate areas, you could even search your garden for winter-blooming flowers like Lenten rose, camellias and daphne. Budding branches, as well as stems from red-twig dogwood and curly willow, can be mixed in with flowers.
Here are self-arranging ideas from iBulb, a nonprofit association that promotes the use of bulbs indoors and outdoors; uk.ibulb.org.
Nestle some flowers. The goal is to make a double-walled vase. Select two clear glass vases (both about 8 inches tall), so that one fits within the other and leaves a gap of at least 1 to 1 1⁄2 inches. Fill the smaller vase one-third full with water and place inside larger vase. Fill the gap between the vases with candy, soaps or other small goodies. Remove the leaves and trim flower stems to 9 inches, gather together and place inside smaller vase.
Trim a jar. A plain Mason jar looks country cute with a bit of white ball-fringe, lace or rickrack glued just below the jar lip. Also try brush, beaded or tassel trim from a local fabric store or online trim retailer.
Color some water. Food coloring turns a clear vase into a colorful vessel. Matching blooms and water color deliver a passionate punch.
Steady your bouquet. Use seashells or sea glass to stabilize a short bunch of tulips - or other cut flowers. Fill vase two-thirds full with shells. Band tulips with florist tape and cut stems to 3 inches long. Place bouquet on top of shells, and carefully fill in remaining area around bouquet with shells. Gently fill the vase with water.
Say it simply. A single forced tulip, daffodil, rose or whatever your choice flower is wedged inside a wire whisk for the elegant look of a single-stemmed beauty that says “I love you.”
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