Over the weekend, I got the urge for fresh flowers in the house, probably to add some cheer since the sun has decided to retreat and cold temperatures have return (it’s been below freezing every night for the past several days!). Anyway, Spring may be deciding to take it’s time settling in, but I needed some fresh springtime blooms in the house. I don’t live near a great florist or a Trader Joe’s, so I made do with what my grocery store had to offer and I have to say, I’m not mad about the offerings.
I usually skip right over the flowers a my grocery store because the bad mixed-bouquets are all I ever see, but when I got up close and started digging, I saw some single bunches that had potential. The chrysanthemums smelled amazing and had big pouffy blooms, the yellow pom poms resembled billy buttons, one of my favorite flowers, the aster was delicate and the sweet william would add a punch of color. Each bunch was $4, so for $16 I was able to make two arrangements, plus have some left over, which you’ll see how it got used at the end.
This was my first experience with floral foam. I had been wanting to try to use it for a while so I just gave it a shot. I am no florist by any stretch of the imagination, but I just kind of shoved some in there, let it get soaked with water and then started putting flowers in intuitively. No exact science, maybe the biggest blooms first, then filling in with smaller ones, but basically, I just put flowers where I wanted. I like that handmade look and despise the “roundy-moundy” perfect look so I like to just let it flow.
Here’s how they turned out! I added some tall grass from my yard at the end for some flourishes and movement. One of the arrangements sits on my desk so I can look at it throughout the day, and the other is on my nightstand so I can wake up seeing and smelling fresh flowers. It really does make a difference and adds so much to a space. They smell wonderful and gives a cheerful hello when walking in to the room.
And here’s what I did with all the left over pom poms! So easy, I just filled some tiny jars I have lying around with water and dropped one or two stems in each glass. They now line my window sill and are such a fun and pretty thing to look at while working in the kitchen. I also had a big bunch of Aster left over that made another big vase full but I didn’t photograph..so I actually got three arrangements plus the gathering of yellow pom poms for $16.
Grocery store flowers, I might give you another chance.