Surveys show repeatedly that women appreciate flowers, but the red roses just don't cut it anymore. Mixed bouquets are much more popular, especially if they contain the lady's favorite flower, such as tulips, lilies or Gerbera daisies. In addition, tall bouquets are definitely out. Short, compact "jewel box" arrangements are in.
If you really want to show how much you care, make a bouquet yourself. Really. It's easy. It's also relatively inexpensive. It's not how much the flowers cost, it's the fact that you took the time to do it.
Start with the container. Forget the standard vase. Use something creative, such as a glazed planter, painted pail or teapot. Just keep it low.
Select a plastic-wrapped bouquet from the florist or supermarket. If you're nice, the clerk in the floral department may also let you buy a brick of "Oasis." This is the floral foam that you soak and then cut to fit into the container. You can also buy this at craft stores. It holds the stems in place and keeps the flowers hydrated.
Cut most the stems off the flowers, leaving them about 4 or 5 inches long. Stems are ugly and awkward; it's the flowers we're interested in. If you have roses in the bouquet (which are very nice, regardless of what I said before), re-cut these underwater to avoid the dreaded air bubble that will make their heads droop.
Start with a bit of greenery and the least important "filler" flowers. Just stuff them in around the rim. Then add the good stuff, endeavoring to achieve a final rounded appearance to the mound of flowers. Keep thinking of forming a mound of blossoms, all tightly packed in together.
Your bouquet need not be perfect, but if you keep it tight you can't go too far wrong. Prepare yourself for an incredulous look when you announce that you arranged the flowers. It will mean more than a whole florist's truck full of flowers.
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