Everyday Flowers

It's no secret that I love flowers. My mom has owned a florist all of my life and I like to think I learned a lot from growing up at a flower shop. My mother in law recently told me, as I put some flowers on our mantel, that I arranged flowers just like my mom! 

My mom apologizes that she never taught me how to cook but perhaps I am more grateful she passed on a love for flowers and some simple flower arranging skills! I mostly mix arrangements out of grocery store blooms and cuttings from our garden. Between the bountiful garden we have at our current home and this pandemic, I have spent a lot of time this year bringing a little beauty into our home through flowers. 

Make your flower arrangements last longer:

Take out flowers that are dying, change the water, and fill in with flowers, leaves, or branches from nature. I especially love the fillers (or greens) that come with store bought flowers that usually last quite a bit longer than the flowers. They can last weeks and help fill in new bouquets well. Eucalyptus is my favorite!

I like to display mine in this large white ceramic pitcher or mason jars. Their simplicity and wide opening make for full and whimsical arrangements.

Some flowers around the house this past year: