My husband truly surprised me with flowers on Valentine's Day. While I love flowers, over the years I've asked him to let me buy crafts of something of need or want instead of flowers that tend to die very quickly, I hate to feel that I've thrown away money on temporary things.
We had planned on a Family Valentine Night with breakfast for dinner. So when he said he was going to the store to get some dog food, I didn't think anything of it. He took longer than usual, but I figured it was because of ALL THE MEN trying to buy something last minute at the same time. Well, my man was part of the crowd this time.
He came home with flowers and a box of my one of my favorite types of candy. Sneaker!! He said the color of the roses drew him in. Purple is my favorite color!
I put them in water right away, but wasn't able to arrange them until days later. I'm not florist but I've watched enough craft shows to keep the flowers alive for a little bit.
I didn't want a heavy vase. I went with a Minimally Fancy approach- I was looking for a simple jar sans labels but found a large Mason Jar. It was just the right size for a dozen roses.
I added the floral food the bouquet came with. I added a little water and swirled the jar to dissolve the food before I filled it about 2/3 up with some filtered water. Then I held a rose up against the jar to see what height placement I would like.
I used regular craft scissors to cut the rose at an angle, right above a what I will call a nobule (the bump) on the stem when I could.
The first cut wasn't short enough for me, so I cut a little more off until it was the height I wanted.
I proceeded to cut the rest of the stems at roughly the same size.
I've seen where people will cut the roses under running water, but I was immediately putting the roses in the jar, so I didn't see this as an issue.
An important tip is to remove any of the leaves near or below the water.
The water tends to get muckier quicker if they do. "Remove leaves that will be below the waterline. Leaves in water will promote bacterial microbial growth that may limit water uptake by the flower." I found that here but had seen that tip on a show many years ago. It irks me when a see a professional flower arrangement with leaves all about in the water.
Then, I started to arrange the roses by putting the taller ones towards the middle. I trimmed a few if they were too tall for the perimeter of the jar. I was going for a dome shape.
Finally, I added a decor trim that I use quite a lot in a pinch-twine.
An advantage of this arrangement is that it is easily transported. I made it in the kitchen, then carried it with me to the table for bible study.
I can then take it to my bedroom if I want!
Nothing super fancy, but definitely Minimally Fancy.