Shopping the flower market and bringing home bunches of beautiful blooms to play with is a favorite thing to do all year long. Just as the seasons change- the flowers that are available during different times of the year change too- but there is always something beautiful that inspires the next floral arrangement. And this flower arrangement? Well, it has a secret.
Any idea what it is?
This custom arrangement is not made with flower market specialty flowers- it was created with grocery store flowers.
Today it is all about how to create this arrangement & tips- and I also created this video for a presentation from earlier this year so it is a bit long to be honest- but thought I would include it here today as well.
If you don’t live near a big flower market and you don’t want to spend a ton of money on special delivery blooms- try your local grocery stores. One of the best and little known tricks is to shop the flower section at your local grocery store. Admittedly, some grocery stores will have a better selection of flowers than others- but you can usually find a few bunches of seasonal beauties that you can sort through or mix and mingle to create a gorgeous arrangement.
Tips & Tricks when shopping
Tried and true tips and tricks for creating a beautiful arrangement with grocery store flowers? Here are a few.
#1. Be open to using what is available even if it isn’t what you are looking for. If you are looking for something very specific – you might be disappointed at the grocery store selections. Some stores have the basics- and others have some specialties for each season.
#2. Stay with natural colored blooms for a natural look. You have probably seen those flowers that are dyed to be an unnatural bold color- they pretty much shout rather than blend. I stay away from anything that is bold or dyed.
#3. Look at the premixed bouquets and see what you can use. Sometimes those bunched together premixed bouquets have an abundance of greens and a pretty shade of flower that is perfect for what you have in mind along with other flowers that are not to your liking. Simply take out what you don’t want to use.
#4. Choose big blooms for a full arrangement. Hydrangeas seem to be a flower that most grocery stores carry- and they are big fluffy blooms that fill in an arrangement and add a lot of oomph very inexpensively. If you have several bunches of the same color hydrangea- you can use just those for a lovely bouquet also.
#5. Choose one colorful bloom and build the bouquet around it. I started with those pink roses – and added the white hydrangeas, white roses and eucalyptus to create this. I wanted something soft and elegant that was full of pretty. Roses, hydrangeas and eucalyptus seem to be staples in grocery store flower sections- and are available year round. This arrangement was created in December last year to give you an idea of what you can find even during winter.
The Perfect Vessel
Something that makes a difference when it comes to flowers is the vessel. Those clear glass vases that you usually find pre-made grocery store arrangements in are not the most lovely usually. So, a simple way to make your arrangement feel like it is a unique custom bouquet is to choose a vessel that you love and that gives it a little bit of personality. For this- I chose an antique pot that has a lovely muted color that compliments.
Shop your yard
Don’t forget to step outside and see what you can add as well. Simple greens, ivy, herbs like mint, vegetable greens from the garden, blackberries, wildflowers, sweet peas or other naturally growing seasonal blooms – there is an abundance of different ‘landscape’ type plants that are also perfect for clipping and including in an arrangement. Those unique and different greens and flowers help to make it feel like it is a more expensive custom made arrangement.
For the whole process of creating this arrangement take a peek at the video above- it’s a long one folks so grab a cup of coffee. I hope this inspires you to look at those grocery store flowers differently and bring a few bunches home to play with.
Happy Monday all.