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Welcome to your Box of Blooms
February 10, 2021
February is the month of Love and you've just received your Belle Fleur Box of Blooms, and it's time to start channeling your inner floral designer. In this segment, noted floral designer Meredith Waga Perez, owner and Creative Director of acclaimed floral & event design boutique, Belle Fleur, will walk you through a step-by-step process on how to clean and condition the stunning flowers that have landed on your doorstep. These flowers have been exclusively sourced from some of the finest farms across the world, just for you. She'll also guide you and offer tips on how to design and create beautiful arrangements with these blossoms, ensuring your home will look and feel amazing.
Conditioning & Designing with Sweet Peas
Tips on working with Sweet Peas
No matter the color of the Sweet Pea, they are all conditioned the exact same way. These are delicate flowers so be sure to handle them gently.
Sweet Peas love cool water so be sure to cut the stems at an angle for maximum water intake. Keep in mind that you'll be trimming them by about a 1/4" daily so it's better to keep them on the longer side.
Be sure to gently shake the residual moisture out your bundle of Sweet Peas. Give them a few light shakes. Any moisture stuck on the petals can sometimes accelerate the degradation of the flower.
We bundled our sweet peas together to produce one larger arrangement, but they can be split and cut down to fill smaller bud vases as accent pieces throughout your home.
Designing with Double Rose Lilies
Working with Double Lilies
These Double Rose Lilies are a new hybrid lily. They are unique in many ways, most notably, they are essentially two flowers in one, as there are twice as many petals.
Additionally, the smell is incredible! Take the time to put your nose to them. You'll also find that they are missing the pollinated pistils which shed and leave a dust on your surfaces.
The Double Rose Lilies will bloom big! They are a robust flower that should, with proper care, last longer than average. Make sure you use cold water and pull most of the leaves off and always trim the stems.
To care for your flowers, make sure to change the water daily and re-trim the stems (at a 45 degree angle). Keep them as tall as possible for a bold look.
Conditioning & Designing Tulips
Working with Tulips (hint: it's the same for all varieties)
Nothing is easier than conditioning tulips. These Double Dutch Tulips are stunningly because of their double flowered head. They are robust and will perk up any space. This particular variety comes from Holland.
As with most other tulip varieties, these are very easy to condition. A shark knife or scissors will do the trick. Keep in mind that no matter the color or varietal, all tulips are handled the same way.
We like to sttrip some of the long leaves off the tulips to make the primary focus the beautiful flower head. Once you trim the stems, many of the leaves will drop off. Feel free to leave a few for a natural look.
Light matters with tulips. Be sure the environment is well light (no direct sunlight), because tulips follow light - if your light source is to the left, they'll lean left. We like to place then directly under lights so they stand upright.