In the words of Claude Monet, "I must have flowers, always and always." I still stand by the fact that nothing transforms a room or even a photograph quite like a beautiful floral arrangement. While I am admittedly not a floral expert, I did think it would be worth sharing a few tips that I've picked up along the way.
Use Your Vase When Cutting Stems
Yes, literally hold each flower up to vase to see where it should be cut. This may take some extra time, but really ensures that the arrangement is either uniform or has the right layers that you'd like in the arrangement. An example of uniformity can be seen above, while the incorporation of many layers can be seen below.
Cut at a Slant
A florist confirmed this for me - be sure to cut stems at a slant. Apparently, this helps blooms to last longer/get more water.
Try to keep the water in the vase as clean as possible. A good way to do this is to ensure that any part of the stem that is submerged in water is leaf-free. The cleaner the water is, the less chance that bacteria (which can kill the flowers faster) will grow.
Have a wonderful Wednesday!