There is nothing that accessorizes a house better than fresh flowers. My husband thinks they are a total waste of money because they only last a week. I finally reasoned with him that flowers for me are like beer for him; they probably are both a total waste of money, but they just make us happy.
I don’t mind “wasting” money on flowers, but I still try to make a every dollar count. On Saturday’s I like to pick up a bouquet of flowers at the Farmer’s Market. They have bouquets for $10, $15 and $20, but if you give them a random dollar amount, they’ll make you a bouquet to fit the price. I usually do my produce shopping first and then buy the flowers with whatever cash I have left over (this helps keep it in our budget).
I like to take the bouquet and split it up into smaller arrangements, so I can spread the flowers throughout the house. This is how I do it:
This week, we had $8 after our shopping and I asked them to put me together a bouquet with dahlias and hydrangeas.
This is the bouquet they made me.
These are my flowers from last week’s $8 bouquet and while most of it has died off, some of the flowers and foliage were still salvageable.
I started by removing all of the dead flowers and throwing them into the compost.
The remaining flowers and foliage look like this.
Then I rinse out all of the vases and replace the water with this DIY recipe for flower food. I use 1 quart water to 2 Tablespoons of sugar and 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice. You can use white vinegar in place of the lemon juice, but I was out.
Then I separate the flowers into smaller bouquets. Using vases with narrow necks use less flowers. I also have mini vases that I use for small arrangements in small places (like the bathroom). I try to keep each arrangement to 2 or 3 colors, that way they all look a little different.
Here is the one in our entry way…
our dining room…our patio for a BBQ with friends (later moved to my kitchen window sill)…
our breakfast nook…
and finally, a single stem in our guest room/office.
This pretty much puts a vase in every room on our main floor, which really brightens up my week! I don’t get flowers EVERY week, but when we do get them, it’s nice to know that a little can go a long way.
Here’s to a delightful week!