Tropical Flower Arrangements

Simple Tips To Get You Started On Making Your Own

Have you ever given any thought about as to what you think you would be doing differently with your life? That is, what if you weren’t on the career path that you were currently following?

Or maybe, if you somehow (magically), had all the money you needed and was able to choose the one thing to do that made you happy, what would it be? If it were me, I’d probably explore the art of learning to create with flowers (in addition to all of the other things I do because I could never really quit;). Most likely I would’nt do it for weddings, because I don’t have the patience for doing that amount nor the ability to work that close to a deadline. Because as you may know, flowers die, they aren’t something you can start early. Maybe if there was a little flower stand… that served champagne… and had an ocean view. That could possibly work.

In the meantime, I’ll stick to documenting experimentations with random flowers that I do at home.

The last time I happened to be in Sunset Beach, I stopped by Devynn’s Garden. This is one of my favorite places to browse around and choose my own bouquets. Unfortunately we we don’t have anything even close to this near my house, so I could, quite literally, spend hours and hours when we go, choosing the perfect stems (just ask my poor husband). They usually have a large variety of interesting items that you normally can’t find unless you make the trek to the market in LA, definetly not my thing. I grabbed a handful of tropical blooms and asked Sunny to document the process to help show you guys how it was built.

I started with the larger palm branch and used that to stabilize all of the other flowers as I put them in. Below are my best tips for any arrangement:

start with a larger, heavier branch or stem that you can use as your base. it will be a lot easier to keep the others in place when you have this to work on top of.
The next step would be to add your pièce de résistance, this is the one that you want everyone to ooh and ah over. You can then focus on all of the other pieces around this. Next, 
remove any leaves that are below the water line to prevent any bacteria or mold from growing. Next, 
take a pair of scissors and snip your stems at an angle (see below) to insure that your flowers get the maximum water absorption. Next,
set the tone with your vase. i love how changing from glass to gold to even a black on like i used can change the entire look. this one is from target
make sure you have plenty of filler (more neutral, fluffier blooms) to fill in the gaps, this is the last step you'll want to do to make sure you are filling all the space in.
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