Pointers for Arranging Flowers
Flowers are easy to find, but arranging them is not always as simple. Anne Miller gives pointers on arranging flowers after you get them home.
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One of the latest rules to flower arranging is using all one color. Miller believes that lots of different colors and textures don't work so mix some colors, but do it carefully.
To make flowers last longer, change the water often and add a small amount of bleach each time to keep the water clear.
Try something different by wrapping large smooth leaves around the interior of a vase before filling it. Cut each stem at an angle when arranging flowers so it soaks up plenty of water. If you buy an arrangement in a grocery store, place each flower individually into a vase so it looks its best. Use a frog to hold a couple flowers in a desired position and to provide weight to a vase so it doesn't tip over.
Finally, if you want flowers to open sooner, put them in slightly warm water to speed up the blooming process. Consider that many flowers won't last as long after doing this.