While working on magazine sets as a stylist,
I'm often asked for quick flower arrangements to soften a corner,
naturalize the scene,
or bring the photographer's composition more color.
Tulips, peonies and gerberas, hydrangeas and seeded eucalyptus are my favorite go-to flowers--
they're casual, amenable, full of grace--and easily inhabit a vase with little work on my part.
Here are few styling habits I practice--
perhaps you'll find them useful for flowers at your house.
+ To take the guesswork out of where to cut flower stems,
place the vase near the edge of the counter where you're working
(a sink and kitchen counter is a perfect place).
Holding each stem next to the vase at the height you want it to be in the final arrangement,
snip it near the bottom of the vase before placing it inside.
+ To make flower arranging easier and keep the vase water clean,
strip the leaves from the portion of the stems that will fall below the waterline.
+ Large-mouthed containers often need a device for keeping flowers evenly spaced.
Make a lattice or grid across the top of the container from strips of floral tape.
+ A bud vase requires just a few distinctive stems.
For pleasing balance, make the tallest element two-thirds higher than the vase.
+ To camouflage floral foam in a glass vase,
line the container with moss or broad, flat foliage,
such as tulip leaves before inserting the water-soaked foam.
+ To keep arrangements totally simple, I prefer using only one kind of flower per vase.
Mixing flowers brings second-guessing and complexity.
Off set, I practice these habits at home.
Today's blog flowers were clipped from Kim's copious garden.