Stay Connected: Create Your Own Floral Arrangements
Here at Review, we are crazy for anything floral! Floral dresses, floral prints and floral arrangements! Here we connect with two real life besties and #reviewgirls to find out all their favourite flowers and tips and tricks for creating beautiful floral arrangements whilst spending more time at home. We promise adding floral to your home, office or wardrobe is an instant way to lift your spirits!
"Now that I'm spending more time at home, I've started to look for new ways to make my home more inviting. One idea has been to have more fresh flowers at home to lift the atmosphere. When I find some beautiful seasonal flowers, I tend to share my new finds with Anne."
"If you can believe it, flower arranging has been popular since the ancient Egyptian times. With the beautiful variety of shapes, pops of colours, fragrances, and beauty, it's no suprise why people are drawn to flowers.
Christina and I love everything about flowers. It just brings us so much joy to be surrounded by such beauty. We have taken road trips together just to catch a glimpse of seasonal flowers in bloom. Together we have visited Auburn Botanical Gardens to see the Japanese Cherry Blossoms in the month of August, and also Mount Anan to see the Paper Daisies in the month of September. We often visit Sydney's Royal Botanical Gardens in the CBD to see the variety of flowers throughout the year.
Other flower gardens at the top of our list to visit are the Tulips Garden in Canberra (which blooms in September) and the Lavender Farm in Tasmania! The best time to go is in December to January.
During lock-down, we began to find new ways to bring one of nature's most beautiful creations into our homes and elevate the decor!"
Flower Arranging Tips
Flower Arranging Tips
- As soon as the flowers are purchased, make sure to put them in a vase or bucket of water, and add flower preservatives for longevity. Christina and I love to visit flower markets for the wide variety of flowers offered that you can't always find in flower shops. In our experience, its best to arrive early, as many professional florists will stop by to purchase in large quantities.
- Trim off about 1 inch of the stem so that the flower can absorb water more efficiently.
- If you have any flowers that have not yet fully bloomed, adjusting the water to room temperature will help closed flower heads to open up in 1-2 days.
- Use foam to help keep the flowers in the desired position. You can find foam at your local crafts store. Soak the foam for about 15 minutes and trim to fit into the shape of the vase or pot. The soaked foam will also help the flowers last longer. Don't forget to water the foam every 2 days!
- Select the larger flowers first, turning the vase as flowers are added for evenly balanced arrangement. Then start to add smaller flowers in between the free spaces. For interest, make sure that they flower are of different shapes and stem lengths. Our preference is that the taller stems are in the middle of the vase and the shorter steam on the outer rim.
- The flower arrangement should be about 1.5 times taller than the vase. Make sure the width of the arrangement is balanced with the height.
- Use similar floral colours that complement each other. We love the following combos: purple/pinks, pinks/orange/yellow/cream, red/pink. We also love pairing the monochromatic flowers, for example pink flowers in lighter and darker shades, and with different textures for interest.
- And finally, filling in the arrangement with some green foliage is a must! It creates a more balanced and beautiful bouquet. One of our all-time favourite greenery is the Baby Blue Eucalyptus; it adds such an elegant and refined effect! Other popular greenery include: Myrtle, Bupleurum, Grevillea, and Italian Ruscus.