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7 Gerbera Daisy Arrangement Ideas for This Summer

 

If you want to add color and whimsy to any arrangement this summer, one of the best ways to do it is using gerbera daisies!  These flowers are beautiful on their own or as part of a larger arrangement.  They start blooming toward the end of spring and continue through early autumn, so they are available all summer for you to use.  They can thrive for a long time before they wilt, and they come in almost every color you can imagine, ranging from bright yellow to deep orange and scarlet, light and dark pink, and white.  Let’s take a look at some beautiful gerbera daisy flower arrangements from around the web for inspiration!

1. Try tall gerbera daisies

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Gerbera daisies usually provide a fun, vibrant effect, but this beautiful arrangement proves that they can also add a flair of understated, sophisticated elegance.  I love the way that the flower arranger chose progressively taller stems.  The daisies draw the eye upward, but do not distract from the roses and other beautiful plants in the vase.

 

2. Coordinate with other décor

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These simple gerbera daisy arrangements in Mason jars include nothing but deep red gerbera daisies.  Look how effective they are, though.  With the black and white polka dot ribbons around the jars, they match the ladybugs and the balloons beautifully.  As a result, they really grab your eye and make you pay attention.

 

3. Glass bowl with a tea light

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This is a very simple and easy idea you can do using a single gerbera daisy.  Just put it inside a little glass bowl, fill it up with water, and float a tea light on the top.  This would be a wonderfully romantic way to light a special dinner with a date, and would also be great as table décor at a wedding or gala.  In the dark, the candle would really make the gerbera daisy look like it was glowing.  You could also achieve a beautiful effect using a bunch of these in different colors!

4. Simple does it!

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I love this aqua gerbera daisy!  The little glass vase doesn’t overwhelm the solitary flower, and the little glass beads at the bottom emphasize the color of the daisy and draw your eye right back to the blossom.  This is a simple, easy way to make a beautiful color statement.

 

5. Go for classic elegance

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This arrangement in a mason jar has that homespun look and feel to it, but the blossoms are all classic elegance.  The light pink roses and the white gerbera daisy play really well off of each other, and make for a soft, romantic, nostalgic look.

 

6. Give jelly beans and daisies a go!

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Here is a very clever idea which is perfect for spring and summertime.  These gerbera daisies are surrounded by jelly beans.  The artist who put this arrangement together had an amazing eye for color, and did a perfect job matching up jelly bean colors to the hues in the daisies.  The finished effect is amazing!  The entire arrangement is just an explosion of color!

 

7. Work in some fruit

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Another very popular trend that we are seeing everywhere this year is integrating fruit and vegetables into arrangements.  Here we have bright orange gerbera daisies set in a container with light green moss and oranges.  The orange of the daisies and the orange of the fruit match up perfectly, and are offset beautifully by the wonderfully contrasting moss.  The finished effect is one of beautiful simplicity.  Oranges are a good choice for this too, because you can still peel them and eat them.

 

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We hope that you enjoyed these beautiful gerbera daisy arrangement ideas for summer!  Remember, gerberas bloom even in early fall, so you can enjoy these arrangements for months.  Get a mixed assortment of daisies here. Have fun, and be sure to share your own inspiring gerbera arrangements with us!

6 Ways To Include Flowers In Your Wedding

Planning your wedding is no easy task. There are so many huge details to remember and tons of little ones that it can get overwhelming! First, you have to pick a date, a venue and a theme. Then, you can start thinking about some of the specific details that you want on your wedding day, one big one being what type of flowers you want to include.

We just love flowers and how they can create an amazing ambiance with their presence. There are so many ways to include flowers in your wedding and we wanted to share a few great ideas with you today that will help to inspire you for your own special day.

Bouquets

Every bride needs a beautiful bouquet and this is one of the most common places you will see flowers during a wedding. The bridesmaids will also have bouquet, typically that are smaller than the brides and the groom and groomsman will also have boutonnieres that match in style or color.

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Photo by L. Hewit Photography 

Around the Altar

No matter what type of ceremony you are having, you can use flowers to decorate the ceremony, focusing especially on the backdrop of where you and your groom will be standing when you are saying your “I do’s.” Not only is that a location that your wedding photographer will be taking tons of photos of you both, but it is the place where all your guests will be watching the two of you recite your vows to one another and share your first kiss as newlyweds!

Altar Flowers

Photo by True Photography Weddings

Along the Aisle

Flowers are so romantic and having them line the aisle, or even flower petals on the floor along the aisle is such a great way to incorporate your wedding color into your ceremony.

Aisle Flower Petals

Photo by Katie Ruther Photography

In Your Hair

Whether you want to have one simple flower in your hair, or an entire flower headpiece, a flower makes a gorgeous finishing touch to your perfect bridal look. Whether you want to use a bright red rose, or a simple headpiece made of baby’s breath, no matter what you choose it will be amazing.

Floral Crown

Photo by Wedding City Photography

On Top of the Cake

Whether you choose to have regular or edible flowers decorating your wedding cake, they can be simply stunning and a perfect way to incorporate your wedding colors and theme onto your cake as well.

Edible Flowers for Cake

Photo by Blume Photography

As A Reception Photo Backdrop

Some people love to have a spot specifically to take photos. You want to remember everyone who came to celebrate your special day with you, so why not set up a photo backdrop with tons of gorgeous flowers in the background? That will certainly make the photos taken of you and all your guests ones to remember forever!

Flower Backdrop for Photos

Photo by Laura Jane Photography

There are so many ways to include flowers in your wedding day, so we hope these 6 ideas have got you thinking and given you some inspiration while planning your own wedding.

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5 Fall Floral Trends for 2015

Fall is a lovely season to tie the knot.  With the leaves turning overhead and the weather cooling down, it is the perfect time to get married indoors or outdoors.  Fall foliage adds an incredible splash of vibrant color to wedding photos, and fall flowers make wonderful bouquets and centerpieces for your celebration.  If you’re planning an autumn wedding this year, here are 5 major floral design trends to inspire you!

1. Work with the fall color palate

Here you can view Pantone’s fashion color report for fall 2015.  These are the colors you’re going to be seeing in fashion design going into autumn.  As you can see, marsala, Pantone’s Color of the Year, is still front and center, a rich, muted earthy wine color with a grounded brownish hue.

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The left side of this palate is dominated by earthy colors.  Dried herb, desert sage, and stormy weather are all warmer colors, despite being in the cooler part of the spectrum, and would make wonderful soft colors for your wedding.  The golden oak buff and the gentle warmth of cadmium orange can brighten things up, and if you want some cooler hues to work in, Biscay bay, reflecting pond, and amethyst orchid add a nice touch.  Cashmere rose is a lovely soft, cool pink which is very romantic, and which would be perfect for any wedding.  These colors celebrate the soft, natural beauty of fall.  Use them to determine your color scheme, and to help you pick flowers for your wedding bouquet.

2. Go English

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English flowers are really popular this year, and that is a trend which is going to continue into fall.  Even though some English flowers, like peonies, have had their season, other English flowers continue to bloom into early fall, like hydrangeas and dahlias.  Others, like ranunculus, are year-round.  And of course you can never go wrong with romantic English roses.  English flowers are perfect for a garden wedding, especially if you have the English-inspired landscaping to go with the theme.

3. Wrap it in wool

Wrapping the stems of your wedding bouquet in wool is another trend which is blazing across Europe.  It is particularly popular in the UK, so it works great with the English flowers above.  The look has a soft, natural, homespun effect, and adds a rustic touch to any bouquet.  Rustic is another big trend this year, so wool is the perfect intersection between 2015 floral styles!  It is a particularly fitting style for fall or winter, since wool conveys warmth.

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This photo shows you a simple way you can wrap a bouquet in wool.  The buttons add a nice decorative touch!  If you like the idea of wrapping your bouquet like this but you are not crazy about wool, there are so many other materials you can use.  Burlap is cute if you want to stay rustic, or you can go with lace or ribbon.

4. Work in the greenery

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Greenery is huge this year!  This is probably in part because so many brides are trying to go with a natural, local look.  There are all kinds of greens you can work into your bouquet.  Fresh herbs, ivy, ferns, succulents, and other greens can all make a lovely accompaniment to your more traditional wedding flowers.  While you might think that this is a big look for spring, it can add a splash of startling contrast and freshness to autumn-themed bouquets.  It also looks particularly stunning in table runners.

5. Hang your blooms

Hanging decorations are really big in 2015, a floral trend which will only get bigger in fall!  There are so many ways you can incorporate hanging floral décor throughout your wedding ceremony and reception spaces.  Hang flowers in mason jars from signs, or from chairs or benches lining your ceremony aisle, or even from the branches of obliging trees.  Fall is the perfect time of year to do this.  It’s always easier hanging decorations from bare branches than branches which are full of foliage.  Along with flowers in mason jars and pomanders, you can also hang beautiful homemade lanterns.  There are a lot of different ways you can create these.

Many weddings now also feature hanging blooms as centerpieces for the reception, instead of flowers on the tables.  Hanging flowers creates a whimsical, festive, rustic atmosphere.  Check out these photos for inspiration.  There are both indoor and outdoor ideas here, and all of them are beautiful and create an amazing ambiance.

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If you are planning a wedding for this fall, you now have an abundance of great ideas which can help you to choose the perfect flowers for your ceremony and reception.  Remember, these same ideas work great for flower arrangements for other occasions as well, and can look equally beautiful sprucing up a table at home.

How to Create a Personalized Graduation Flowers Arrangement

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Every parent wants their child’s graduation to be perfect and I was no exception.  When my son graduated from college, we had to go to another state to attend the ceremony.  But when we got home, the party planning began.  I did not want the flowery things that I had had for our daughter.  I wanted clean lines, simple tables, but I also wanted something that he could keep.  Something that would be useful later down the road, not stuck in an album or desk drawer.  As I pondered this, I saw my dad’s photo cube.  The one he had filled with all my school pictures and this is when it hit me.  I would create a photo cube arrangement for my son.

Now that I had the idea, I had to come up with the plan.  My son is not a flower person, so to address his personality I had to come up with something that would mean something to him.  He is a car guy and would have loved an arrangement of toy cars but….being the mom, this would not do.  Ok, as I pondered I thought of school colors.  Wow, what memory.  An arrangement made from my son’s college.  So away I went in search of roses in my son’s school colors.

I did not have to look far.  Flower explosion had everything I needed except the container.  After looking through their rose selection, I found their bi-and tricolored roses in many different combinations along with personalized colors mixes.  Boy did they save me.  They had just the colors I was looking for, which happened to be yellow and blue.

Graduation Flowers Arrangement Supplies

Now that I had found my roses, I could begin to design this small but important arrangement.  To begin the process you will need to gather materials, which includes a photo cube, a container that will fit inside the photo cube, floral knife, floral preservative, scissors, photos, colored roses of your choice, and filler.  I like green ball.  It adds texture and a little whimsy to the arrangement but use what pleases your eye as far as the filler.

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Once you have your supplies together, the next step is to fill the vase that will fit inside the photo cube with water.  Add powdered floral preservative to the water.  While I will be taking the “vase out of the photo cube I wanted to show you how this fits into the cube.  The fact that the vase is shorter than the photo cube is very important.  Having it a little shorter keeps you from having to fill in around the top edge to cover it up.

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Next comes processing the flowers.  Since this is a short arrangement, the roses are going to be cut all at once to start.  Why is this?  Well, it saves time and you can use the fact that the roses are still held together by rubber bands.  In doing so, it makes cutting them in one action easier but do not worry, we will be making new cuts before they are put in the vase.

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The next step is to remove the “vase” from the photo cube and begin the floral arranging.  This is a very free-form type of arrangement but what you are looking for a dome type shape on the top.  To help you with this, slide the “vase” to the edge of the table and then position your rose along the edge of the table to measure the height.  Once you have the height, you are ready to cut but keep in mind that roses are special.  To keep air bubbles from forming in the stem, one will need to cut the stem under running water.  If that is not possible, put the stem in a bucket of water and cut that way.

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After the rose has been cut, place in the vase.  Continue with this process until your “vase” is filled.  Do not worry in the beginning of this arrangement that your roses are not standing up.  They will as more and more roses are added to the arrangement.  The intertwining of the stems will hold the roses up.

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Once you have your “vase” filled with roses, the next step is to add some whimsy.  As I stated before, I like the green balls but there are several other choices for filler if these are not your cup of tea.  When it comes to processing this filler flower, the easiest way is to cut the stems together as we did for the roses.

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After the stems have been shortened, it is time to separate out the individual green balls.  At this point, you may wonder how many you need.  The golden rule is always odd numbers.  An odd arrangement of flowers, believe it or not, has been scientifically proven to be more pleasing to the eye.  In doing so, add three or more green balls throughout the arrangement.  Again, this is to add texture or to break up the visual impact of the roses somewhat while filling in some open spaces.

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The next step in this process is to prepare your pictures for the photo cube.  While you can cut your pictures freehand, I like to use a pattern.  Where does the pattern come from?  Most photo cubes come with a cardboard insert.  This insert can be used to cut a pattern out of an old picture.  Once you have your pattern, you can use it to measure off the area you need to cut off of your picture.  Also, it will allow you to see what your picture will look like before you make the cut.

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After the picture has been cut, you have a few choices.  You can tape them to the inside of the photo cube.  Another choice is to allow the “vase” to hold the pictures in their place.  This will only work if the “vase” fits snug.

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Now that your pictures are in the cube, you are ready to display it.

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While this arrangement is simple, there are several things you can do to up the WOW factor.  One, create your own photo cube.  This is easily done by taking two glass squares per side.  Wedge a picture between two pieces of glass and glue together.  After all panes are done, glue the cube together.  This is a great way of personalizing the cube so that you do not have to cut the photos.  Another way you can create additional memories is by allowing people to add to the arrangement.  Lay out scrapbooking paper, colored pens, and bamboo skewers.  Or, cut out small pendants that can be attached to the skewers.  Either of these can be used as a way that people can leave “best wishes” and add them to the arrangement.

Once the party is over, make sure to place the arrangement is a room that is kept cool and away from direct sunlight.  Do not forget about the water.  Since this arrangement is small, you will need to add water often.  To keep the roses looking their best, make a fresh cut every time you add fresh water.

After the arrangement is over, do not just put away the photo cube.  Instead, display it and use it as a vase for other flowers or as a pencil holder on the desk of that “real” first job.