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Flowers are one of the most versatile and lovely ways to decorate your home. If you get the freshest flowers possible, they can last a good while and in addition to looking great, can fill a home or room with a very pleasant scent.
They make a great housewarming gift, can be given to celebrate a major occasion or milestone, and are sure to put a smile on just about anyone’s face. However, one of the most popular times for flowers (especially roses) is Valentine’s Day.
Whether they are given as a gift, or used in decorating for Valentine’s Day, flowers go hand-in-hand with the romantic holiday. However, if you are going to take time to create some Valentine’s rose arrangements or bouquets, you might as well do it right.
With that in mind, this guide is going to help you create some stunning arrangements and bouquets for your Valentine’s roses.
Choose the Right Roses
The first step to any good rose bouquet for Valentine’s Day is choosing the right roses. While red roses are the most popular choice for Valentine’s Day, they are far from the only one. There are pink roses, yellow roses, purple roses, white roses, just to name a few.
All can be great in different situations, but it is a good idea to check out rose color meanings to learn a little more about what each bloom means. For example, a yellow rose might be better suited to give to a friend than a significant other, as it represents friendship more than passion or love. Of course, mixing colors on Valentine’s Day is fine, and if the meanings don’t line up perfectly, as long as the recipient likes the bouquet, that’s all that matters.
In addition to finding the right kind of roses, you also need to make sure that they are fresh and high-quality. You don’t want to spend good money on roses that are only going to last you a day or two. Buying from a quality online florist with a good reputation can ensure you get great flowers, every time.
If you decide to buy in person, there are a few things to look out for. Fresh flowers will have colorful and firm petals that won’t be browning or wilting. The stems will be green and the leaves will look healthy.
Decide on the Right Vase/Container
Next, you need to decide on the right vase for the bouquet. You can go standard with a nice glass vase, but can also get more creative than that if you think your partner would love it. You can use an old oil can, a coffee can, a watering can, a wooden box or just about anything else you can think of.
Be sure to go with a vase that will fit well with their decor, and something you are sure they will enjoy. But in addition to how it looks, you should also think about the size of the container. Your vase needs to allow enough space for each flower, without being too big. If a vase is too big, the bouquet won’t have any form and will look a little sloppy. But if it’s too small, each flower will be squishing each other, which isn’t great for their longevity.
Prepare the Vase for Flowers
You have the flowers and you have the vase, so you may think your job is done, but that is not the case. You still need to prepare the vase for the flowers. This involves cleaning the vase out, making sure it isn’t cracked, and that it is the right size.
You will also need to fill it with water. The water should be cool or cold, and you should make sure it doesn’t sit for too long before adding the flowers. If the water is too hot or warm, it could actually end up cooking the flowers, essentially ruining their longevity and how they look.
Also, be sure to add in some flower food. This can provide nourishment to flowers and protect them from bacteria, both of which will help the flowers appear more fresh and healthy over time.
Trim Up Your Flowers
It is also a good idea to trim up flowers before adding them to the vase. When the stems of flowers are exposed to air for long enough, it makes it harder for them to draw in water, which can limit how healthy flowers will be. If you simply put flowers into the vase, they may still get some water, but not enough.
Instead, cut the stem of the flower a little, so they will be able to take in as much water as possible to stay nourished. This only needs to be half an inch or so, and should be done right before you put the flowers in, to make sure air doesn’t get a chance to get taken in.
Choose How to Organize and Arrange the Flowers
Before you put the roses in, it is also wise to have a plan for how you want the vase and arrangement to look. While simply putting them in can be fine, it can often look better if there is some thought into which flowers should go where.
Of course, if all flowers are the same color this won’t matter as much, but you still need to put thought into how many blooms will fit in the vase. Also, think of varying the sizes of flowers. You could cut some short and leave some long to add some interesting height differences and help the arrangement stand out and be different.
Consider Adding Filler Flowers
While roses look great, a rose bouquet is something many people have seen and even been given as a gift before. If you want to spice things up, consider adding some other flowers in the rose arrangements. These could be other flowers that are similar, or even other types of greenery, dried flowers, or plants.
The roses should always be the star of the show, but some other filler flowers can make great companions. Be careful of overfilling the vase, but a couple filler flowers and companions can really make your rose arrangement stand out this Valentine’s Day.
In conclusion, we hope that this guide has been able to help you arrange your Valentine’s Day roses in a way that looks absolutely stunning.