Gerbera daisies, also called Gerber daisies, are popular flowers for wedding bouquets and floral arrangements. The large flowers, from 3 to 5 inches in diameter, come in bright colors--yellow, red and orange--as well as pale pink and white. Some daisies have contrasting centers of dark brown or green, while others have centers the same color as the petals. The flowers have long stems and grow above the plant's bushy leaves. The leaves are not normally found in arrangements from florists or where bunches of gerbera daisies are sold.
Cut the flowers from the garden in the early morning so they aren't heat stressed.
Plunge the daisies in a bucket of iced water to hydrate for at least 60 minutes.
Cut off an inch of stem on purchased daisies and put them in ice water as well. This treatment will help keep the flowers fresher longer.
Fill bud vases with ice water. Place one daisy in each vase. March the vases down the center of the dining room table, on a fireplace mantel or coffee table. The daisies may be all one color, a variety of colors or shades of the same color.
Fill a tall, clear vase with three inches of glass marbles and six inches of water. Cut the daisy stems to various lengths starting at 7 inches. The tallest stems should be at least two or three inches below the rim of the vase. Place the shortest stems in the vase first, working up to the tallest stems. Push the stems into the marbles to anchor them.
Fill a tall, narrow vase with water. Group the daisies in your nondominant hand so the heads are all at one level. Cut the stems so they are only a few inches longer than the vase. Tie the stems together at the bottom and again just below the flowers and place the bouquet in the vase.
Cut the stems of the daisies to 2 inches long. Float the daisy flowers in a bowl of water that also has floating candles. An alternative is to float daisies in wine glasses, one daisy to each glass.
Trim the stems of the daisies so the blossoms fit in a votive candle holder. Arrange the votives in the shape of a heart. Fill the center of the heart with additional candles.
Cut floral foam to fit inside a heart-shaped cake pan. Fill the pan with daisies by poking stems in the foam. Overlap the daisies just a bit so none of the foam shows through. Add votive candles around the cake pan for a soft glow.
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