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Fresh Cut Flower Mixture To Be Pleasingly Assembled

By Deirdre Rollins

Florists and home designers can use many fresh cut flower varieties in their every day designs. While the options for the designer are many, this will only cover a small amount, as the list would be too numerous for space allowed. Each flower family can have hundreds of species in it that could be available for your use. As you become familiar with what is offered you will find what your preferences are.

Each designer has his or her preferred flowers to work with. Some designers like working with mums because they come in multiple blooms per stem giving options that a single bloom stem does not. Cushion mums and daisies, which are found in white or yellow, are commonly found with multiple blooms. They create a burst of color in an arrangement or when the blooms are separated, they can be placed in floral foam in a short container individually. Other popular mums in the family are the poms, spiders and Fuji mums.

Found in a multitude of colors, roses are very popular for weddings and the holiday of love: Valentines Day. They are grown in home gardens as well as hot houses, making them available to designers year round. Another family member is the spray rose, which carries numerous blooms on its stem as opposed to its sister the long stem rose.

Another favorite in floral designs is the lily family. These come in both single blooms as well as the stem having three to five blooms. The Asiatic family are found in orange, yellow and white. The large bloom can be used as the main flower or depending on the designer, can just be another bloom in the mixed vase.

The family that shows off is the tropicals. The blooms are large and each makes its own statement. The lily may or may not be included in this set, depending on whom you ask. Normally found in a low container, these take few flowers to make an arrangement. Some designs will only have three to fine flowers in it. Some favorites in the industry are calla lilies (no relation to the other lily families), the orchid family, bird of paradise, ginger, protea, anthuriums, and heliconia. These are designed differently than other flowers so you might want to study designs by others to see how they are normally used.

Some of the flower families lend themselves to certain work, such as tall vase arrangements as well as wedding and funeral pieces because they are tall and show better. While color may dictate which ones are used where, the larkspur, gladiolus, delphinium, bells of Ireland and snapdragons are all good for this purpose. The green bells can fit in anywhere, whereas the delphinium is a deep blue and may not fit in your color scheme of the design you are working on. Glads and snaps frame your piece well and come in a variety of colors that can be used.

Fillers such as gyp, also known as baby’s breath, solidago or goldenrod, Queen Anns Lace, statice, and waxflower are all popular items used to fill in the empty spaces in an arrangement. Hence the name fillers. Gyp and Queen Anns Lace both come in white, while solidago is yellow. Statice and waxflower can be found in other colors such as lavender. Because of the colors, some fillers work better in an arrangement than others.

Pittosporum, tree fern, eucalyptus, myrtle or leather fern are all popular greens that you will find in the florist cooler. Most arrangements use the greens as the base, covering the mechanics of the work done. They can also be used to frame your design. In funeral sprays palm fronds can be used to frame the piece. So as you can see there are a lot of facets to using fresh cuts. A sharp knife and a good imagination with a container and some flowers will get you off to a great start.

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Rollins, Deirdre "Fresh Cut Flower Mixture To Be Pleasingly Assembled." Fresh Cut Flower Mixture To Be Pleasingly Assembled. 21 Jun. 2010. 11 Aug 2014 <>.

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