In my travels through Europe, it seems that floral arrangements and fresh flowers play a much bigger role in design than they do here. Flower markets are commonly seen and actively shopped. Perhaps space for plants is at a premium, and fresh flowers bring in nature in just the right way. Being disposable may also be a plus. Back in our corner of the world, it’s exciting to me to see the advent of locally grown flowers in our seasonal farmers markets. I find that flowers are some of the first items to go on market day. Professionally designed floral arrangements are always lovely, but why not try your hand at floral design? Styles vary widely and include traditional, cottage looks, Asian inspired designs such as Ikebana, as well as contemporary combinations.
Because of their beauty and exotic nature, orchids always create an inspiring floral focal point. The colors and types are so varied that an orchid can be found to complement almost any setting. They are now more affordable than ever, and some cultivars are not so fussy about care.
Providing the environment that matches the conditions preferred by a specific plant goes a long way to keeping it looking tip-top. By following some particular practices, plants can be maintained with minimal care. Here are the basics:
NOTE: There are a few houseplants that are toxic or mildly toxic if ingested or may irritate skin. Inquire at the nursery if you have a concern. Always keep supplies out of reach and use according to manufacturers’ directions.
Enjoy your plants! Beautiful flora makes a lasting impression.