Petal Pointer: Steady Stems

In our Summer ’08 Mechanics segment, we created a “cut flower garden” with bright blooms dancing free from containers. This fun look is achieved with the use of floral foam, which provides a structured base for flowers while also enabling your design to adapt to your desires easily. Some flowers, though, (like the hyacinth pictured below) will still crave some extra support to prevent their blooms from drooping. The solution is simple: take a small string of raffia and simply tie the stem to a sturdier nearby stem. Being bound to a steadier neighbor helps weaker stemmed flowers like the hyacinth stand tall in your arrangements. It’s a simple trick that helps keep your designs looking fresh and vibrant.

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