Keep a vase handy for flowers from your garden –

Enjoy your garden Hydrangea indoors!  Need inspiration for bringing DIY flowers from your garden indoors to decorate your home? Choose a simple, easy to use fresh flower vase and keep it handy for quick centerpiece ideas. Arranging flowers is fun when you can ‘chop & drop’ … cut your fresh flowers outdoors and drop them into a vase indoors. Design a table centerpiece for your family meal and they will feel like special guests.

No flowers in the garden? Pick up some fresh flowers for your flower arrangement from your local florist or grocery market on your way home. Ask for suggestions of  long-lasting and lesser expensive flowers that you can enjoy.

For this design you will need  –

Straight folding knife web

Cutters webrectangular vase
                                                          Quick Dip web 
                                Crystal Clear pint        
Supplies – 
Floral knife or cutters
Floralife Quick Dip
Fresh water
A favorite vase
Floralife Flower Food

Dusty Miller
Summer Hdyrangea

Prepare garden flowers –
  • Select a favorite vase that you can keep handy for dropping in fresh flowers for casual arrangements.
  • Cut flowers from your garden either early or late in the day, but not in the heat of the day. In this example – Hydrangea and Dusty Miller.
  • Remove foliage that will be below the water line or is wilted or damaged.
  • Place flowers directly into a bucket of water as you cut them.


Prior to designing – 

  • Pour a small amount of Quick Dip into a dish. Cut the end of the flower stem with a sharp angular cut. Dip the cut end of the stem into solution for just a few seconds. Place the flower into a bucket of water until used in designing process. The excess Quick Dip can be held in a sealed container and reused for up to 24 hours.
  • Fill your vase with water that has flower food added.


Design –                                                                                                                                     Finishing Touch spray blog                                                                                                                                 

  • Cut stems with a sharp slanted cut.
  • Hold a flower stem of each variety to the side of the vase water bowl to measure the                                          appropriate length they need to be cut.
  • Blunt cut all the Hydrangea stems – all the same length.
  • Place the stems in the center of the vase.
  • Blunt cut all the Dusty Miller stems – all the same length.
  • Using a collaring technique – place the stems of Dusty Miller in a row (collar) around the Hydrangea.
  • Spray with an anti-transpirant such as Floralife’s Finishing Touch to hydrate and ‘feed the flowers’ which  promotes longevity.

This style of arrangement is a perfect match for many of garden flowers – Peonies, Roses, Daisies, Zinnas, Dahlias, Iris, Phlox, and lots of other choices. Leave a comment to let us know what flowers you use for your arrangement.


Enjoy –                                                                                         Hydrangea arrangement

When these flowers have faded, fill your favorite vase with more flowers from your garden or flower market.

Sharing fresh flowers with your family and friends is a great way to celebrate the natural beauty of life and a fun way to celebrate your own creativity. We look forward to hearing about your designs.

Celebrate life with flowers!





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