Mother’s Day

I call this ” Thinking Outside the Box”.

 

In thoughts of my mother, I was inspired by her gardening and nurturing for all the assorted flowers in our back yard. She used to creatively arrange colorful variety of flowers into a unique box hung against the window.

Materials used:

Picket Fence box- Handmade window- Half block wet oasis- Plastic liner- Green moss- Glue gun. Available in craft stores.

Flowers Used:

Store bought: Parrot tulips- Spray Roses- Hydrangea- Sweet William.

Flowers from my garden: Cymbidium Orchid- Jasmin- Lavender- Button fern.

Design By: Araxsession

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Fall Centerpiece

White Pumpkin Centerpiece

A non traditional table centerpiece for Fall.

White Pumpkin, Wheats, Succulent leaves, Burlap ribbon, White candle in glass

This centerpiece is very simple and easy to make and no carving is required. It is chic and elegant and will last until Thanksgiving.

 

Design by Araxsession

Mother’s Day

“A Mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world.  It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things, and crushes down remorselessly all that stand on its path.”

Agatha Christie

Treat Mom to a lovely teapot and teacup keepsake floral arrangement on Mother’s Day.  Pink Cymbidium orchids,  pink regular Roses,  pink Spray Roses ,  Viburnum Snowballs and Green coffee bean flowers along with button Ferns are arranged in the pot and cup filled with water.  It has been decorated with small dry branches,  miniature mushroom birds and peach ribbon.

Design by: Araxsession

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Spring is Here

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Beautiful Daffodils, fragrant Jasmines, miniature button ferns and String of Pearls plant strands are arranged in a shallow conical glass vase.  I enjoyed creating it for my dinner table to welcome Spring and Easter.

Design by: Araxsession

Love Is In The Air

“Love is the answer, and you know that for sure; love is a flower, you’ve got to let it grow”. -John Lennon

Another Valentine’s day inspired centerpiece. Simple and elegant.

  • Glass vase
  • Bear grass
  • Cymbidium orchids
  • Silver spray roses
  • White Ginestra

Design By: Araxsession

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Saint Valentine’s Day

“There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.”- George Sand

Valentine’s day is one of my favorite Holidays.  I always decorate my home with all kinds of floral arrangements.

Here is one of my creations inspired by love.

  • Heart shape iron hanging lantern
  • Red and pink Spray roses
  • Wax flowers
  • Heather
  • succulents

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Design by:  Araxsession

Cut Flower Care

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The longevity of cut flowers in a vase depends on how you care for them.

Bacteria kill flowers faster than anything else.  For your arrangements always use clean containers and change the water regularly to help the flowers last longer.  Fill the vase with water at room temperature.  Add the floral preservative that is provided with the bouquet; this will prevent the bacteria from clogging the stems and deliver nutrition to the flower heads, boosting their freshness and vibrancy in the arrangement.

Before giving the stems a fresh cut (if bought at the market) remove their damaged foliage as well as those that will end up below the waterline in the container.  Foliage in water rots and encourages bacteria growth and stem blockage

Next remove damaged and bruised petals where needed on the flower heads. For example, IMG_8887remove the outer few petals of roses if they look damaged or bruised. This will give them a fresh healthy look, help them open up quicker, and last longer.

There are three main types of stems: Green stems, Woody stems, and Hollow stems.

Green stems are slender, green, and bend easily and should be cut in water in a sink or a bowl, with a sharp knife or scissors at a 45 degree angle to prevent air getting into them. Otherwise a blockage occurs and the stem water uptake becomes inhibited.  Usually one or two inches are cut off; however this amount varies according to the flower variety and the stem length.

DSCN4081Woody stems are stiff and resistant.  Follow the above steps, however, after you make the new cut, take the stalks out of the water one by one and smash the ends with a hammer or cut a slit into the sides with a knife. This slit should be no longer than one third of the stem length to enable a free flow of water and nutrients up the stalk.

Hollow stem flowers such as Shasta Daisies, Dahlias, Poppies, Poinsettias and so on require more attention.  When you give these stalks a fresh cut, a white substance leaks out at the spot. This white fluid is a nutrient that the flower needs or it will die.  You will have to seal the stem ends with flame (match or candle) immediately.  This will help the flower to contain the nutrient inside.  After that, place the flowers in water at room temperature.IMG_8889

For daily maintenance, make sure to check the preservative solution level in the container.  Replenish as needed.  Remove any damaged or dead flower or foliage.  Cut an inch off the stalks every 4 to 5 days to maintain their water upkeep.

Enjoy grooming and caring for your flowers and keep in mind that they love it and definitely appreciate it!