When I am a gazillionaire, I will have fresh flower arrangements on display throughout my house. At all times. Oh, yes I will. I will have a florist on staff. The florist will hang out with the housekeeper, the chef, and the laundress. It will be dreamy.
Until then, I will have to arrange my flowers myself.
This is easy in the summertime, when I have flowers from my yard. Blue hydrangeas are my favorites:
For now, I'll content myself with flowers from the grocery store. Here's how I arrange those.
I'll select a container for my flowers, like this pitcher that I spray-painted.
In this photo, I'm holding my grocery-store flowers beside the pitcher. See the problem?
Grocery-story flowers come with really, really long stems. And unless you have a really, really tall container, I suggest you cut them down to size.
If you have a bunch of flowers of all the same type, it's a cinch to place them in the container after you've shortened the stems. I love the way this looks.
If you have a bunch of assorted flowers, separate the flowers into types, and place them in your container by types. You'll often have one "star" flower and two or more of several filler flowers. I suggest placing the "star" in the center of your arrangement and placing the filler flowers all around.
And voila! You have a pretty arrangement, all for a few dollars and a few minutes of your time.
I also use grocery store flowers to create arrangements for parties and showers, like these:
How about you? Are you a flower fan?