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Friday, February 3, 2017

bountiful blossoms on a budget

February is the month of love and romance. It might be cold outside but it's time to warm up your heart and home with fresh flowers for every room. And it doesn't have to break the bank. Just grab a couple of bundles of fresh flowers from the grocery store and let your creativity run wild...
I was able to find bundles of flowers that were less than $10 each! I like to keep it simple and look for varieties that will last a long time like roses, alstroemeria and carnations.

Once the flowers are cleaned, trim away excess leaves...especially low leaves that will be submerged in the water. Don't forget to add the flower food!

I like to use all white containers and clear glass. Be sure to clean the containers.

If any blooms fall from the bundle, do not throw them away! Every flower can make for a lovely display.

For a formal centerpiece, I like to use a container with a pedestal. Then I add greens from my garden or potted house plants that will spill over the edges giving a dramatic trailing effect.
Grasses, asparagus fern and ivy are lovely greenery additions for filler...

If the idea of creating a formal centerpiece is a little daunting, simply separate the flowers by color and/or variety and place them in containers of different heights.

Books can be used as interesting platforms making the varying heights even more dramatic.

For a delicate bedside table bouquet, place a few beautiful roses into an elegant low container.

Since it is still winter, add a couple of seasonal touches like pinecones, whimsical snowballs...

...and snowflakes!

For an informal more casual look, place a variety of flowers into a vintage Ball jar. Perfect for a sunny spot in the kitchen.

As for those tiny blooms that fell off in the packaging, float them in pretty glasses. Nothing this beautiful should ever go to waste...

Next time you are standing in the check-out line at the grocery store, pick up a pretty package of flowers. It's time to add a bit of romance to your petal at a time!

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