This is the first step in ensuring you arrangement lasts well.
Always buy flowers that are as fresh as possible and use a florist with a regular turnover. Get to know the days when they have fresh stock in.
Some things to look for:
- Flowers should look firm and fresh and have good coloured petals
- Faded, marked or shrivelled petals indicates that they are past their best
- Check for flower heads which may be broken or damaged
- Leaves should be green with no signs of yellowing
- Check the bottom of the stems for signs of yellowing or a rotting vegetation odour, which may indicate that the flowers have been stored for some time.
- Some flowers, such as spray carnations, should have some colour showing in the buds; if they are too green they won’t open.
Follow these tips to ensure you have a long lasting design.
Look out for our next blog on conditioning and caring for your flowers