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Buds and Blooms: Easy And Economical Holiday Flower Arrangements

In the days leading up to the holidays, flower lovers start thinking about how flowers can be used as part of their seasonal decorations.

a flower arrangement of red and white flowers in a Christmas vase surrounded with ornaments and holiday beads.

Photo: c.a.muller

There are lots of great ideas for incorporating holiday flowers in your seasonal home decor.

In the days leading up to the holidays, flower lovers start thinking about how flowers can be used as part of the seasonal decorations.

If you have a footed dish or any other nice shallow dish, try floating just one bloom such as a white chrysanthemum in it and use this as an elegant yet economical flower arrangement.

Look around the garden for pieces of holly that have red berries to use in a low bowl. Later you can add a few red carnations or shiny balls and convert it into a centerpiece.

Carnations and Chrysanthemums

The best flowers to buy are carnations and chrysanthemums because they are really long lasting. You can use them initially as long-stemmed flowers in a tall vase and then later cut the stems short after the leaves wilt and nestle the blooms among evergreen foliage to form a low arrangement. This way you can get 2 to 3 weeks pleasure from just one bunch.

Tips for Buying and Using Holiday Flowers

  • Always ask the florist which day of the week flowers are delivered to the store so that you can buy a really fresh bunch.
  • Flowers in bud are usually a good buy.
  • Three buds with stems cut to different lengths, look interesting in a narrow necked vase. They will present a different, though still pleasing, effect when the buds open, thus prolonging the display.
  • In order to prolong the life of holiday flowers, change the water daily. It really is worth the effort.
Moya Andrews

, originally from Queensland, Australia, served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculties at Indiana University until 2004. In the same year, Moya began hosting Focus on Flowers for WFIU. In addition, Moya does interviews for Profiles, is a member of the Bloomington Hospital Board, and authored Perennials Short and Tall from Indiana University Press.

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