Flower Arranging shouldn't be frustrating or confusing if you know a few basic principles. One thing I cannot stand it when people buy bouquets from the grocery store and do nothing to the flowers and just plop them in a jar filled with water. Ugh!!!! Those flowers aren't meant to be in tall glass jars. If you cut the stems of a mixed bouquet to about half and arrange in a square vase they make an amazing statement.
Simple is sometimes best. In the lilac arrangement to the left, it was simply a matter of re-cutting the woody stems and allowing the flowers and the vase to make the statement.
The tulips and forsythia make this arrangement super cheerful. You can either choose one specific colour palate, a mix of colours in the same colour family or the complete opposite. Orange mixed with dark purple would be striking. The rule of 3 or 5 works well. Uneven numbers of main flowers are visually more appealing. Larger flowers in the middle with smaller sprigs around them for filler creates an easy floral arrangement that you can't go wrong with. The vase is actually a vintage honey jar.
Sometimes you love a vase but a full blown arrangement would make absolutely no sense. These Zinnia's were the perfect mini size for this tiny blue mouth blown vase. I found the vase at a flea market in St. Thomas, ON. Blue antique glass can be rare to find so I scooped it up but had no idea what I would do with it.
My zinnia's in the garden were fading fast, so 4 small blooms in the tiny jar placed in the windowsill made me happy!
Keep it simple! These small vases are suited for a small spray of flowers. A single white tulip with a long stem bending over would look fabulous as well.
A glass milk pitcher in light green made the base for this arrangement. Purple Coneflower to make this arrangement POP mixed with stunning white hydrangea softens the look visually.
The tiny purple flowers you see? They are oregano that has gone to flower from my herb garden. Truly, I love creating with flowers that no one would think of doing or what you would find at the florest. Get creative! I "steal weeds" for my arrangements all the time. Queen Anne's Lace, Goldenrod, Aster and Wild BeeBalm are just a few. I don't consider them weeds at all. They are wonderful pollinators and make whimsical displays. I'm honestly not an orchid kind of girl.