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Flowering arranging refers to arranging flowers, usually in a vase, into a visually appealing cluster, blending different sizes, colors and textures to add interest. Develop flower arranging skills with plant information from a sustainable gardener in... View Video Transcript
Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment we're going to learn all about flowering arranging. Now, flowering arranging is just putting flowers together so that they look good, and when I'm putting my flowering arranging together or putting my flowers together I always try to remember what purpose that they're going to serve. And especially if you're have flowers on a dining room table, you want to be able to talk to the person on the other side, so make sure to have your flowers very low, and a lot of times if it's near food you don't want em' to be strongly scented. So, these alstroemeria are great for that purpose. They don't have a strong scent, and just a few flowers with some eucalyptus looks beautiful. When you have a bouquet of flowers too the trick is on the flowering arranging is to make sure to have a focal point. Have a lily in the middle, and then have some chrysanthemums to accent that, some alstremoeria, and some carnations. And they all show up, and so it's very beautiful. Some are a little bit taller than others. So, you want every flower to show in your arrangements. You don't want em' to hide. And my rule of thumb is anything goes. If you want to add peacock feathers to your arrangements go ahead. It's your arrangement. You can add eucalyptus. A lot of times just two colors is enough, or you can put lots of colors, but it's your choice. And all flowers look good together no matter what you do it seems, and as long as they're all showing. And if you have like a pink and a red you can always add a yellow or a white just to accent it and bring the colors together. But, mix and match and you'll find that your flowering arranging will go really well. And it's not that strict. You can always move em' later, and pull em' out as needed as they fade away and you'll still have some gorgeous flowers remaining. And it's really easy to arrange your flowers. They kind of arrange themselves. I like kind of the wild look, or you can have the Ikebana, very structured look with one or two flowers and that's it, but accent it with eucalyptus, or you can have a nice group of red roses with a lot of baby's breath. Baby's breath goes really far in flowering arranging. And that way you can have gorgeous flowers in your house or on your patio all year long.