Fun, Quick DIYCenterpiece Idea

This Easter afforded us a perfect DIY centerpiece scenario: what do you do when you need something for your table, but you’re in a hurry and are low on flower options? Dandelions owner Shirley Lyons found herself in this situation this weekend, and was kind enough to share how she resolved her problem.

You’d think that as florists, we are constantly taking  flowers home to make fabulous and lush centerpieces and arrangements for family functions. That does happen on occasion, but usually, and  more often than we’d like to admit,  even the florist forgets to take flowers home!! Shirley was half-way home before she realized she did exactly that! So between babysitting her two-year and twelve week old grand-kids (a juggling act of princess dolls and diapers), and preparing dinner for twelve, she needed to come up with something fast and uncomplicated. Thankfully, Shirley had daffodils growing in her yard, and with some of these and a few vases in colorful, spring tones and varying heights, she had a quick, fun, artsy centerpiece on her dining-room table!

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Using what you have growing in your yard (be it flowers or some pretty greenery)  and your collection of vases is a cost-effective way to make a great impression, and get your creative juices flowing!

We love flowers because they’re inherently beautiful and really don’t need much embellishment to make a statement. Artfully placed vases and simply arranged flowers are an easy way to enhance any event.IMG_0200

Aqua vases with yellow flowers

Roses

Roses are without a doubt one of the most popular flowers year round. As the rose often symbolizes love and beauty, different colors hold their own meanings. Here is a guide to the meanings of rose colors:

Red: Love, Respect

Yellow: Joy, Friendship

White: Innocence

Peach: Desire

Lavender: Enchantment

Pale Pink: Modesty, Grace, Joy

Dark Pink: Thankfulness

Orange: Fascination

Flower Astrology: Gemini Horoscope May 22-June21

Zodiac Sign: Easily adaptable and versatile – with a lively (sometimes bordering on the mischievous) imagination – Geminis are one of the most creative of all the zodiac signs. With the heavenly twins as their birth sign symbol, and a lightheartedness often associated with air signs, it’s no surprise that Geminis have highly sociable and playful personalities. Their expressive (downright talkative), clever qualities make them fun-loving friends and treasured companions.

Birth Sign Flower: Surprise a Gemini with a flower bouquet filled with roses – a flower that symbolizes the essence of their zodiac sign: love and companionship. With the ability to convey a wide range of messages and sentiments depending on their color, roses are a perfect match for this birth sign’s multi-dimensional (twin) sides, from friendship to passion, quiet sophistication to a bright burst of fun. Geminis also like to have a peaceful balance in their lives, for which calming lavender is always a perfect go-to.

 

Extending the Life of Your Roses

With so many people enjoying roses this week here are a few pointers on extending their vase life or finding them another purpose.

1). Recut the stems every 3 to 4 days. This ensures that the roses are able to drink up the water.

2). Keep water levels high and change the water completely every few days. You may even want to wash out the vase or container. Many arrangements are designed in a floral foam that soaks up the water (much like a sponge) but also needs to be checked for water.

3). Remove foliage from the water as this can breed bacteria.

4). Roses enjoy cool temperatures so keep your bouquet in a nice shady spot away from heat sources (including your tv or laptop)

Tip: Wilting roses can be revived! Try this – trim off about an inch from the bottom of its stem and then submerge the entire rose under water in a sink or bathtub. Allow the stem to absorb water for about 20-60 minutes before returning them to their vase.

Want to give your roses a “second life”? Here are some creative uses I think are really fun:

  • CraftBits gives us a Rose Petal Notebook – how special would you feel remembering your Valentine every time you used the notebook at work? And so pretty, too!
  • Old Fashioned Living blog tells us several ideas for DIY projects with roses, including how to dry your rose petals – simple and so nice to keep around, this is a classic way to keep your gift beyond the ‘vase life’. Pick apart your petals and lay them out flat on a paper towel. Place the drying rose petals in a spot with good airflow but not in direct sunlight. Turn them over carefully until they’re completely dry.  That’s all there is to it!
  • I adore this idea from Family Corner.com – use your rose petals to make rose votives! Now your romantic roses can add a little drama for lovely dinners or other special moments. All it takes is rose petals, glass votive holders, white glue (like Elmer’s), white tissue paper and a few other household items (like wax paper to set it all on as it dries).

What ideas do you have for keeping your lovely gift around for an extended time? We’d love to hear!

Rose Giveaway was a Success!

Over the week leading up to Valentine’s, Dandelions gave away 11 dozen roses to winners from 2 radio station giveaways and our own in-shop sweepstakes. Below are a few of the 11 lucky winners who got roses just in time for Valentine’s!

We always have a sweepstakes going on and anyone can enter, no purchase necessary! Just go to http://www.dandelionsflowers.com! Next giveaway will be on March 15.