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Make the Most Out of Your Mixed Bouquet

By Diana Westcott, December 18, 2012  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Diana Westcott

Holiday floralUnleash your inner floral diva!  But you don’t have to spend a lot to make every room in your house a little more festive. In fact, you can make multiple flower arrangements from just one Whole Foods Market® holiday bouquet.  

Here’s how to get started:

  • Choose two or three of your favorite vases and vessels in different sizes
  • Separate all the elements and group like flowers together:  all the pompons in one pile, all the alstroemeria in another pile, all the gerberas in another, all the greens, etc.
  • Remove longer  lateral branches from spray flowers, leaving a cluster at the top
  • Start with your tallest vase and arrange your tallest flowers
  • Use your medium container for intermediate length flowers
  • Create a small arrangement from your trimmed lateral branches for a bedside table, breakfast tray or, my favorite spot, the windowsill over my kitchen sink

Our floral colleague, Sarah von Pollaro of Flower Empowered walks you through how to get more from your mixed bouquet in this video.

I love making arrangements of just one type of flower from a mixed bouquet, but arranding by color can also be dramatic.  Of course, you can also just make lots of smaller sunny mixed bouquets.

Floral

To make your arrangements last longer follow these tips:

  • Always give your flowers a fresh cut with a sharp tool to avoid crushing the stem.
  • Use floral preservative to give the flowers food, discourage bacteria and lower the pH of the water. 
  • Put roses immediately into water after giving them a fresh cut.  That way water is entering the vascular system right away.  This prevents them from getting top heavy and flopping over.
  • Change the water frequently to keep it fresh and free of stem-clogging bacteria.  Another fresh cut to the stems will help extend the life, too.
  • Keep your arrangements away from direct sunlight, drafts and heat sources.
  • Move your flowers in the coolest room of the house at night while you sleep.

Many of our holiday bouquets are extra lovely because they meet the Whole Trade Guarantee. That means they’re grown with environmentally sound growing practices and ensure more money for growers. Want to choose Whole Trade flowers? Just look for the logo.

Are you a fan of flower centerpieces or do you prefer the classic tall vase?  Personally, I love to look down into an arrangement from above, peering into the flowers’ little faces.  So I’m a centerpiece gal.  How about you?

 

Category: Floral, Whole Trade

 

14 Comments

Comments

Rose says ...
This is good info to know. I love the flowers at Whole Foods. Sometimes ppl are so focused on their "list," they walk right past the beautiful flowers. I've taken pictures of many of the pretty flowers they have at Whole Foods and use them from a computer screen to sharing on FB, and just enjoying them. The roses are especially pretty and it can be disappointing if you receive roses and they wilt in a day, I know that flowers from Whole Foods are best quality and will last if taken care of properly as noted above!!!!!
12/19/2012 12:28:53 PM CST
Grace says ...
Not a comment but a question: I think the link to the video is broken? there's nothing clickable there, and I tried in two different browsers.
12/29/2012 1:15:05 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@GRACE - Thank you for catching that! We have updated the link and it should work properly now!
01/02/2013 12:37:39 PM CST
jennifer says ...
Are the roses in yet? I'm so excited to start using your products, and can't wait to see the store. Hopefully we will get a Whole Foods near us. I have only heard good things. See you soon. Jennifer
02/08/2013 6:39:35 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@JENNIFER - With Valentine's Day happening this week, we should have various rose options in our stores!
02/11/2013 11:40:53 AM CST
Sylvia Washburn says ...
Hello, does your Cincinnati store make bouquets for weddings? Also, can you buy hydrangea plants (white)? Thank you
03/15/2013 7:46:32 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@SYLVIA - Most of our store floral departments should be able to make wedding arrangements, however, our store offerings differ between locations so I would call them directly at 513.531.8015 to find out for sure. They will also be able to let you know if white hydrangeas are in stock right now!
03/18/2013 10:54:50 AM CDT
Linda says ...
Do you make up arrangements if I bring in vases?
04/16/2013 9:39:02 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@LINDA - Most of our stores would be happy to do this! Reach out to your local store to make sure that they offer this service before stopping in.
04/16/2013 4:38:53 PM CDT
floworldonline says ...
Just One word "ossom flowers and bouquets !!!!".....You have done artistic work DIana..........
05/28/2013 6:00:21 AM CDT
Elizabeth says ...
I love walking into Whole Foods and seeing the beautiful flowers. I have been recruited by a friend to make a few bouquets and boutineers for a small wedding. I am not one with a green thumb or know a lot about flowers, but I am crafty and have made boutineers before. I am wondering what Whole Foods may have available for a selection towards the end of November when the wedding will be held. Also, if I need certain flowers could I put in a request?
10/14/2013 7:25:29 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@ELIZABETH - That's so nice of you to help your friend! Our stores can definitely make special orders based on what they have in stock. Give your local store a call to see how their process works and they will be happy to assist you!
10/15/2013 2:33:17 PM CDT
Sarah Korfant says ...
Hello, Do/Have you all been the florists for local weddings? I always love your flowers, and am interested in your pricing breakdown for centerpieces, bouquets, etc. Please let me know. Thanks, Sarah
11/21/2013 1:38:19 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@SARAH - Most of our stores will offer floral arrangements for weddings but it can vary between locations. Check with your local store for details on pricing, arrangements, etc.
11/21/2013 2:52:53 PM CST