I love to arrange flowers. Whenever I buy fresh flowers I do everything I can to help them to last as long as possible. Today I am sharing how to arrange flowers for your home.
Fresh flowers are the best. I was fortunate enough to go to the LA Flower Mart a few weeks ago and I bought lots of flowers to make a pink ombre table. Now I am going to share how I arranged fresh flowers in fun containers for our home
How to Arrange Fresh Flowers
This is the ombre table I create a few weeks ago. You can find everything about how I created this arrangement in my blog post about creating a beautiful pink ombre table.
I am going to share again how I arranged these flowers.
I wanted the flowers to be low in the vase so that the centerpiece would be uniform in shape and size all the way down the table, the only variation would be color. To hold the flower heads up above the top of the vase, so that they wouldn’t slip down into the bottom of the vase, I built a lattice out of scotch tape, placing strips in each direction. Creating this lattice makes it easy to build a low profile arrangement. Once the lattice is in place, start filling the top of the vase.
I started with the darkest color first. I used peonies, old-fashioned carnations, hyacinth, and large magenta roses. Once I had three of the square vases equally filled, I moved on to the medium color pink. For the three square vases to hold the medium/light-colored pink flowers. For these, I used old-fashioned carnations, light pink tea roses, light pink sweet peas, and light pink ranunculus. For the blush/white flowers, I used white tea roses, blush hydrangeas, and iceberg roses from my garden.
Once we created the ombre table and enjoyed the dinner, I decided to rearrange the flowers.
A few days after we created the ombre table, I took all of the flowers out of the glass vases, recut them, and then re-arranged them. If you recut and add fresh water you will love how much better your flowers look!
I chose to use the mid-range pink flowers in my vintage crocks. I just love these! If you want to know more about my crocks, you can read my blog post about Vintage Crocks and Spring Floral Arrangements.
I put the lightest pink flowers in small vases and placed them in my vintage rattan basket. I put the basket in our kitchen next to the ice cream maker with the tissue paper cherry blossoms that I made.
I had some extra pink blossoms so I put them in a clear vase and put them on the other side of the small sink in my kitchen.
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My New Favorite Flower
I never, in a million years thought I would say that my new favorite flower is a carnation.
Actually, it’s an old-fashioned carnation and it is called a Chabaud carnation. It has more petals than a regular carnation and it looks like a peony. And they were very inexpensive at the Flower Mart.
Aren’t these gorgeous?
I love these so much I just ordered seeds to grow in my garden. The links to the seeds are pictured below.
When I was younger, I remember when carnations were not a well-loved flower. They were kind of a “cheap rose”. Well these old fashioned carnations are my “cheap peony” and I love them!
I can promise you I will be going back to the Flower Mart to buy some more.
Lastly, I rearranged the dark purple flowers and put them on our bar cart. The bright pink is such a pretty color.
Frequently Asked Questions
An old-fashioned carnation is called a Chabaud carnation. It has more petals than a regular carnation and it looks like a peony.
Carnations need sunlight and should be planted in an area that gets four to six hours of sunlight per day. When deciding where to plant, keep in mind carnations prefer sunlight to shade. Also, be sure to use well-drained soil that is fertile and slightly alkalized.
Dianthus, the scientific name for carnations, means flower of God. Dianthus chinensis has flowers that may have white edges or other unusual markings. Carnations are also long-stemmed with substantial blooms while Dianthus are relatively short-stemmed with smaller more dainty blooms.
Doesn’t my basket of flowers look wonderful in our back yard?
Finally, I thought I would share all of the flowers in our kitchen. All I can say is that I wish they would last forever.
Links to the Items Shown in This Post
Here are some great options to grow your own Old Fashioned Carnations or use faux flowers. I also included items to arrange flowers.
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