Do you know your Germinis from your Hyacinths? And, more importantly, do you know how to arrange flowers in a vase?
For the majority of us, 'flower arranging' consists of buying a pretty bouquet, taking the wrapping off and putting the flowers straight in the vase. Generally this tends to leave any display looking a little lacklustre, but did you know it's also bad for the flowers? Overlong stems and greenery quickly become mouldy in the water, shortening their lifespan.
So if you want to turn your hand to flower arranging and make the most of your shop-bought bouquet, we're here to help! From how to remove the leaves without damaging your petals to creating a professional-looking lattice, we've got a step-by-step guide so simple, even the least green-fingered flower fan will soon be showing off beautiful blooms in a striking display:
1. Separate flowers into colour and variety
2. Remove leaves from the stems below the water line
3. Place a piece of foliage diagonally across the vase, and the next piece diagonally opposit
4. Keep adding the flowers evenly into the vase
5. Placing different colours in between each other - odd numbers of flowers look best!
6. A lattice will start to form with the stems, which holds the flowers in place
7. Finally check for gaps and adjust any flowers