I was a Horticulture major at Texas A&M in a former life, so plant care is fascinating to me. I really like to see how long I can keep cut flowers alive for & in how good of condition. It's a fun & teaches me a lot about flower life/death cycles. The vase life of the plant really depends on how well you process them after you pick them up from the wholesalers, so this has become one of my favorite steps. Don't get me wrong, I get really antsy & want to design already but processing helps me slow down & really care for the flower alone, before it gets placed with others.
Removing dead leaves, petals & thorns to reveal colors & movement that speak for themselves, is just a wonderful feeling, like the curtain is being drawn. Coming back to see them in the morning when they're all refreshed from the processing & opening their petals, is really something. I love those mornings. In some situations, it's a lot of stress before you get the "moment" though.
For instance, daffodil care scares me. So naturally I picked some up from the wholesaler this week.
If you're reading this & you're not a flower person, here are some things you need to know about Daffodils. They're pretty delicate, have soft white flowers & really like the cold. They also secrete fluids after they're cut that are toxic to other flowers. So - if used in an arrangement, there are special steps you should be mindful of.
Keeping cut flowers alive for a long period of time, is already difficult & ominous, without having a little death oozer put in the mix.
Honestly, if you soak them overnight before putting them in an arrangement with other flowers, you're usually solid, but I definitely went overboard with taking care of them. You can never be too careful, right?
Anyways, the arrangements look wonderful & the daffodils didn't murder everything else overnight like they did in my dream. (Does anyone else have stress dreams about their flowers dying?)
This blog post will probably be extended later with some more factual things that could help florists that are just starting but right now I've got to make a table wreath! Yahoo for wedding days!