If you want to say it with flowers this V-day, make sure you do it right. We asked Los Angeles florist Michelle Abbrecht, owner of 19 Stem Designs, for tips on creating a budding beautiful bouquet. When working with Mother Nature’s finest, it’s really not so tricky to put together your own token of love and affection. Here’s how:
JW: What’s your fave type of Valentine’s flower bundle?
MA: I never use roses—unless requested by a client—I prefer to use the beautiful spring flowers that usually arrive around this time of year in Los Angeles: Anemones, parrot tulips, sweet peas, hyacinth, hellebores and Dutch hydrangea in shades of pink and purple. Bouquets
that seem as if they have been picked straight from a garden are very in right now and look whimsical and fun.
JW: What is the easiest way to put together a beautiful bouquet?
MA: The easiest arrangement to design at home is where you take one type of flower in one color palette; perhaps all lavender sweet peas in a clear glass tumbler; pink roses in a mint julep cup or white hydrangea in a large ceramic bowl. Also, always take into account the fragrance, some people don’t like a super scented bouquet.
JW: Any other great presentation ideas?
MA: Any interesting vessel that is water proof will make a pretty container; I personally love vintage glass jars and coffee tins. If you are using something that may not be waterproof, say a wooden crate, put the flowers in a glass container first and then put that inside the crate. Other things I’ve used are leather pencil holders and that’s great for a guy (again, use a glass container inside of it) and I also love beautiful summer flowers, such as dinner plate dahlias or delphiniums, presented in brown craft paper. Get creative and have fun with it.
JW: What’s the best way to make your bouquet last longer?
MA: The number one culprit is bacteria in water so the best way to extend the duration is to change the water on a daily basis and make sure they are not placed in situations of extreme heat or cold. Of course, some flowers just last longer such as orchids and calla lilies, whereas blooms like peonies and dahlias are more delicate.
JW: Any flowers that you should never use for Valentine’s Day?
MA: Not in my book, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Jacket worn above is the 3J Workshop Ceciliy Military Coat which is another great way of saying it with flowers.
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