Florists' Review - April 2021

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Step 1 Before beginning the arrangement, determine how many stems of each type of flower and foliage you can have to work with. This will help keep your design on budget. Step 2 Gently peel back the outer casings of the poppies, and fluff the petals. When recutting poppy stem ends, sear the end of each stem by quickly passing it over or through a flame. This will seal in a limited amount of water; excess water can cause poppies to wilt quickly. Step 3 Arrange the flowering quince branches first. Position them higher and wider than the flowers, to create nice lines and movement. Step 4 Arrange flower types one at a time, crisscrossing stems to create an "interlocking" grid of stems in the vase. This will allow for a looser look and require fewer stems to create the finished design. Step 5 Arrange botanical materials at varying levels, and don't overcrowd the vase. This will ensure the finished design will have a loose and carefree aesthetic. Step 6 Arrange shorter stemmed botanicals last so they don't get lost in the design. This is the stage at which I like to add special or premium botanicals, like Helleborus or Tweedia; I think of them as a final surprise. Extra Features and Video Online R E A D O N L I N E 37

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