Whether it is a cut bouquet, a bouquet in a vase or an arrangement in floral foam, there are some little tricks into getting the longest life possible out of your fresh flowers.
For cut bouquets, make sure to re-cut the stems before you put them in water. If they have been out of water for more then a few minutes, the stem has already dried out at the bottom allowing for less water to travel up the stem. Fill a vase with slightly warm water and add the flower food package that would have come with the bouquet. Re-cut the stems and place in the vase. If your bouquet comes with an elastic keeping it together, cut the elastic just before you place it in the vase and allow for it to loosen up to fill out the vase.
For arrangements in floral foam, the most important thing to know is that once the foam dries out, you cannot re-hydrate it. Keeping the foam full of water by adding water to it every day will help the life of the flowers. Giving the flowers a spritz of water will also help them stay fresh.
For arrangements in a vase, the designer would have put fresh water in just before it was put together along with floral food. Keep them out of sunlight and the warmest areas of your home to slow down the process of the flowers opening. Every other day or so, gather the flowers in your hand and take them out of the vase to re-cut the stems. Change the water at the same time to minimize bacteria growth on the flower stems. If you notice something getting droopy, making the water warmed will help them to perk up.
A tip for all kinds of floral arrangements is that most likely, some flowers will last longer than others. If you notice some of the flowers are past their prime, remove those stems. Don’t be afraid to play around with your arrangements and take apart bouquets. You will be able to freshen it up and make something new!
If you ever have questions about flower care, please call us at any of our locations! We will be happy to help you!
A sweet little visitor came into the shop a few weeks ago and snapped a few photos of us on one of our busiest weeks. Simply Rosie Photography came to pick up a beautiful bouquet for a gal that was getting engaged. We made up the beautiful bundle for the new bride-to-be in exchange for a few captures of what a day in the life looks like for us.
Floristry is messy, dirty and can be rough on the hands, but what we get to do every day is design moments. A proposal bouquet, a way to say “I love you”, a way to share sympathy, a way to connect with loved ones. We are invited into the lives of people and get to have a small part in delivering something fresh, something happy, something alive.
We love what we do at Academy Florist. We invite you to join us in sending moments to the people you care about.
We are crazy about these beautiful Rifle Paper Co. products. We have cards and notebooks with lovely floral designs that we know you will LOVE! Perfect to go with a little bouquet or arrangement of your choice. Ask about our Rifle Paper products in your next order!
We are full to the brim with beautiful Christmassy things! Poinsettias are in and still coming by the truck load, Eco Friendly Soy Harvest candles are lining the shelves, not to mention our Holiday arrangements flying out the door! We are busy designing wreaths, centerpieces and baskets for the holiday season. Stop by or call to order today!
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Have you ever wondered how a flower gets to our shop so quickly and stays so fresh? The floral industry relies on a process sometimes described as the “cold chain” to keep flowers fresh from the farms on which they are grown until they reach customers’ hands.
Flowers after harvest are cooled rapidly to temperatures just above freezing and transported via airplane, train or truck – often in refrigerated holds – to importers, wholesalers or directly to florists, who then prepare the flowers for sale. Depending where the flowers are traveling, total transit time can be as quick as 24 hours.
The low temperatures in transit keep the flowers essentially in a state of suspended animation: respiration (moisture loss) slows; their carbohydrate reserves (fuel for vase life) are maintained; and they aren’t as sensitive to ethylene, a gas given off as plants age that decreases vase life.
After the blooms arrive at the flower shop, stems are recut and the flowers are placed into a hydration solution to encourage good water uptake. Florists call this “conditioning” the flowers. Most flowers remain refrigerated until they are ready to be sold or to go into an arrangement.
As you all know, we’re very excited about all of the changes that have been going around Academy Florist the last 6 months or so. We relocated our Kenaston and Scurfield locations, and moved into a new store at 925 Corydon Avenue. Our designers at our Marion St and Pembina Highway stores have been an amazing support for us at the Corydon store while we’ve been hectically unpacking everything, and continue to create amazing designs. And finally, we have a new sign! Here’s a look at the old face of 925 Corydon with our temporary sign, and the new look too!
Back in May, we had the privilege of designing beautiful centrepieces for an evening at the Manitoba Club. The event was focused on the food, and the theme was Downton Abbey – and did we ever have creating arrangements that would go perfectly with the theme!
Room #1 featured our silver candelabra. The stunning ballroom is yellow with navy draperies, so we wanted to keep the flowers in the soft yellows and greens, and added in a few vintage vases with single blooms of Queen Anne’s Lace.
Table #2 was in the fireside room. Since the event was held in May, we wanted to take advantage of the spring peony season and packed this room full of gorgeous coral peonies. We decked out the long table with an assortment of arrangements in our mercury glass vases which went along perfectly with the Victorian theme, and added in light touches of greenery garlands.
It was SUCH a pleasure to be a part of this beautiful event! Thank you to the Manitoba Club for hosting and asking us to be a part of it, and to BLF Studios for the wonderful photos!
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