We’ve all bought the ubiquitous mixed flower arrangements from our local super market either for ourselves or as gifts. I know, I have done so many times. I try my best to buy them from Wegmans where I think the florists have a better taste but a lot of times we pick up something on the way to a friend’s house from the local Harris Teeter or even Costco.
For Thanksgiving, B brought home a bouquet from Costco. I was way too busy cooking and cleaning that I just plopped them into a glass vase without a thought and did not bother with them until after all the guest were gone 3 days later. All that while whenever I glanced at the vase something kept bothering me. I guess there were way too many things going on in the vase that it was too busy to the point of being distracting. Plus, quite a few of the flowers were in bad shape. So how do you get the most out of your grocery store flowers?
I got to work by sorting them by color and type and splitting them into 4 groups. Ya you heard that right, 4 arrangements instead of 1! Sorry, no ‘before’ pics. It is just your usual Costco bouquet.
After weeding out the excess (which was a third of the bouquet) this is what I ended up with;
The green mums and some of the purple filler found a place in a tall glass.
These are the same flowers that I used on my Thanksgiving table in the butternut squash vases.
Most of the grocery store bouquets have a lot of fillers. Some of it is so good that they deserve an arrangement of their own like this one.
I even managed to spray paint a filler branch gold! I’m gonna use it to dress my Christmas Mantel.
This is how it looked before it was all glammed up with Krylon Gold.
Do you split up your grocery store bouquet too?
PS: This is officially the start of a new series, Flower Power where I’ll feature simple and frugal floral arrangements.
Yes, I do! In fact, If I do happen to get flowers, I normally set aside half for my mom, who appreciates them so much more than I do. Neat idea to spray paint the fillers– I’d love to know how long they last afterwords.
Thank you Palak. When he brought home the bouquet itself that filler was kinda dry. By the time I painted it was really dry. So I’m hoping it will stay like this.
vandana craftsia says
Simply superb. The idea of splitting the bouquet into so many different arrangements is so exciting and having fresh flowers all over the house adds so much to it. The spray painted branch looks adorable.
Thanks Vandana. I’m really into gold nowadays. Can’t wait to use it.
Beautiful!!! Yes, u are right…Wegman’s does have an awesome selection but for convenience sake and budget sake I get my fresh flowers from Safeway. Their quality is really awesome and they are cheaper than any other grocery store in the area!!!
I like the gold spray painted branch…Christmas season is here!!!!
Thanks Anu. I need to stop by Safeway.
I do the same thing! I blog about my fresh blooms monthly. SOmetimes it’s simple, sometimes I fancy it up. 🙂
Yup, your flower posts are always fun.