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Love seeing your arrangements and glad to see you on the cut flowers forum. Please bring in some more. Also, if you have the time, check out the Flowerpot Cafe' and Floral Clubs #2. We have a lot of fun on this forum. I am a newbie at arrangements, but have learned a lot from the wonderful DGer's here.
Funny, but I just did my first underwater arrangment for the Floral Club.
Hi Star and Candee, Try it!
I did just pack them in there and filled up with water. They still move, which is what makes them interesting to make because you don't know exactly what they will turn out like. I used some twigs horizontaly which helps to hold the flowers down too.
I think Traci used a pincushion to hold her flowers and Sallyblooms used the stones for anchorage.
I hope Sallysblooms comes back with some more and tells us what she does!
The flowers would turn mouldy if they were left in dirty water for days and bacteria was allowed to build up.
If you change the water everyday, they are fine, I use old and fresh flowers.
It's not a traditional way to flower arrange , but it's nice to experiment sometimes!
Hi Elle, Welcome!
sorry I missed your post earlier.
Basically, Use a clear vase 'arrange' some flowers and foliage in the vase,
pour in water slowly...underwater arrangement done!
You can use a 'frog' to anchor flowers if you want a more realistic scene and
decorate with stones ,twigs, glass objects etc.
Look forward to seeing what yours turns out like, sorry to rush, I have guests!
i hope i want to make some for my work
i work in aq nurseing home
they sure do like home made thing
they enjoy my wax bear and candle
but i want something new
does the vace need a top or want can some one send picture
and how to do it
Mine is done with a frog or pin. It is a circular heavy metal piece with prongs sticking up. I will try to find a pic. I started by sticking different lenghts of tulips in the way I wanted them to look and dropped the frog in. It is heavy enough to hold the flowers. I then covered it with heart peebles.
As for other types, such as the vase filled with water and petals, it is really a simple but great idea. I THINK how you do it is to start with some water in the vase and add petals. When it fills up with petals, add more water. Continue until you reach the top. On Sally's first pic, I love that she manuveured a flower in the front and imagine you would have to do that after the vase is filled with petals so the flower doesn't move.
The arrangement of the flowers on top is done the same, so no top is necessary. You just plop the arrangement into the water/petal concoction. Although Sally's second post does have a top and I think that is neat.
Just remember, they won't last but a week or so and make sure to change the water.
I hope that helps some. I will try to find a pic of the frog/pin.
Ask away, as I am a newbie too and this is the only way to learn.
Naw, I just have to acknowledge Princess Kathy in every post. Have to admit, I am not good at remembering.
The elderly will love this and it will brighten their day. Once you figure it out, it will be simple. Good luck and please show us what you come up with. DON'T be embarassed, you should see my first ones I started in...October, I think.
Yey, you did it, well done!, it looks pretty, nice touch with ribbon too.
I really don't know how long they will last, but if I were taking them to an old folks home I would be changing the displays every week! (thats just me)!
If I end up in an old folks home, I would be delighted with a sweet girl like you bringing in flower displays , that would really brighten up the place and cheer me up!!
Ditto! I was going to say the same thing about the ribbon.
Are you doing them for individual rooms or as a main display? If a main display, you may consider buying several different shaped, large clear vases (cheaply of course, dollar tree, big lots). Using store bought flowers, both silk and fresh, change it up weekly, like Terri said. With different vases, each arrangement will look unique.
Just my 2 cents.
Oh, if you have a Dollar Tree, they have tons of stones and marbles for $1.00. I bought $6.00 worth that I would have paid $18 to $24 somewhere else.
Sorry we threw Traci "off her game". Glad you are giving another chance cause I say,
"what happens in the flower cafe, stays in the flower cafe!"
Elle, bet you will come up with something extra special for the Easter day.
Miss Traci, I know you are trying very hard...I am just looking for ways to catch Miss Thang aka Miss Robbi, she is certain that she will be Princess next month, and I am trying to give her a run for her money!! wouldn't it be funny for Princess Kathy to hand over her throne to Miss Robbi only to take it back and scream APRIL FOOLS!!!!!!! just kidding, NOT :oP
Now where could have have gotten to? Where do little frogs go when they aren't being used?
You did a fine job of not disrupting the layers Terri, I will have to try one of these soon. I love your little jar Sally, so pretty in pink.
I tried my hand at the simplest, most basic type and got lots of compliments. In fact, I'll be making some for my nephew's rehearsal dinner. (see my thank you post).
I'm thinking of trying to sell some at the farmers market, but first, I'm going to get my feet wet by taking a few to my sister's garage sale.
I have a logistical question. How would you suggest making the container "spill proof" (at least as much as possible).Not only to get them to the garage sale, but for the customers who will be taking them home.
I thought of wrapping them in saran wrap (as mine do not have any flowers sticking out of the vase) but wondered if lack of air could be bad.
I saw the pic of the one with the lid and loved it. Maybe lack of air is not a problem. If I used containers with lids, maybe I could tape the lid on.
Hard to make them spill proof. You can a lid on them but you have to fill them high to be pretty. You can take water out before the buyers take them home maybe, then they can fill them up again. You can have a turkey baster for that. Neatly take a bit of water out. I use a baster when I water little plants sometimes.
Saran Wrap is a brand name for plastic cling wrap - it's not used as much any more now that we have zip lock bags and containers that go from stove to table to fridge. But when I was little I remember covering all the leftovers, with aluminum foil or plastic wrap to go in the fridge. It's still available everywhere tho.
I am going to try it. I'm making the arrangements tonight. FOr transport to the sale I'm just going to put a piece over the vase opening bcs they'll be in towel lined boxes with newspaper in between so no big deal if there is a small spill.
For the customer I will probably do the same unless they have no shocks on their car!! I am also taking small boxes to put the vase in for the customer to take.
Yes, wonderful pictures! I just had surgery, will be a while before I can play with flowers, but KEEP POSTING for my entertainment! GORGEOUS tulips and flowers! I have so many lovely flowers from friends and family. I wish I could take them apart and make other arrangements under water, ha. Maybe in a few days I will feel like it. I need to find my frogs or send hubby to Micheal's for more froggies!
How do you guys get yours to last? Mine start smelling within abt 24 hrs. (not that you can smell from afar but up close to the top of vase).
Since I had so many left from the sale, I did an experiment. I found a recipe for homemade floral preservative (1 tsp. sugar, 2 tsp. lemon or lime juice, 1 tsp bleach to 1 quart warm water) and when I changed the water that night I used the preservative solution in some vases and just plain water in others.
Well, the ones with the homemade preservative were ruined the next morning! 2 of the 3 that were in plain, clean water were ok but one was yucky looking and smelly and I had to pick out all the yucky stuff and rework the arrangement with new stuff.
Today is day 3 and I have only 1 left that still looks nice - doesn't smell so nice tho.
I think that I will not try to sell them again unti I can get them to last 3 full days at the very least.
Did you use Distilled water? They don't last that long, but it depends on the flowers/greenery. Then I use thick orchid flowers, they last really well! THIN... not so long. Maybe you can figure out the right water and flower combo.
I just think they are so pretty and you can add neat things like glass, rock, castles from fish tanks, etc.
No! Never even thought of distilled water. Is that necessary?
I do use a lot of hydrangea (thin petals!) and they are the first to go. Maybe they just aren't suited to underwater arrangements :-(
That would put a real crimp in my plans as I don't have enough of anything else and the hydrangea is just so easy! I aspire to the type of arrangement of your first picture in this thread, sallysblooms, but I'm not there yet.
Well, I'll try the distilled water and see if that helps.
Firstyard, down there in Georgia do you use a dehumidifier? I use the water from ours for my ironing, perhaps that would do better than your tap or well? Also, be sure you change the water every day, don't let them sit more than 24 hours.
Hi Sally, hope you are recovering well from your surgery. Lovely you recieved lots of flowers. Get well soon! any news on the frogs?!!
I will try to make another underwater one soon!
Hi Firstyard, sorry to hear about the sale, maybe next time it will be busier.
I use tap water and change it everyday with the underwater arrangements and annoy everyone else in the house by keeping them in the fridge at night. They last a long time when kept cold!
Ha, no frogs have been found yet! I am still not doing so fabulous. I just went outside for the first time to water. It is hot and that was enough for one day! I am just sitting here, waiting to be able to be active again! That will be WEEEEEKS!
I did just order a new lighted stand for my violets... I can spend money really easily from my big leather chair!
Oh sally, sorry you are not feeling too good. It's very frustating not being able to do the things you want to. I know how you feel.
A few years ago I had knee surgery and couldn't walk for six months... I nearly went crazy, some say I did, LoL!!
You will just have to chillax, take it easy, and delegate all those jobs!!!!! While your body is busy healing.
Get well soon! It's a good time to plan your future arrangements though. Sounds like fun ordering stuff from your chair.
Thanks for the results of your experiments firstyard. We try anything to keep our flowers for longer don't we?!!
Never heard of doing it until reading this thread Sallyblooms. I certainly intend to make them now. Got a pompon dahlia--Irish Miss--selected for the first arraignment.
Have an admission to make here. When I read everyone talking about "frogs" and before investigating , I thought you all were buying some kitschy ceramic frog knick-knack to put in your arraingments and wondered why.
Hello David Paul, nice to meet you. I thought the same thing about the frogs when these fine folks mentioned them, had to go google them and now I know what they are and use them all the time.
Sally, don't hurt your arm now with all that online shopping from the easy chair!!! Hope you feel better soon and the temps get a bit more enjoyable for you to wander outside.
Firstyard, sounds like you have done quite a study on this, thanks for all the information you have gathered. Will be a great reference.
Um, will have to try some of my dahlias under water when they start blooming. Perhaps I will try a bowl of red valerian since it isn't holding up well in the usual arrangements, wonder how it might do underwater?
We use Violets of course since it is an African Violet club. Also, anything else you want, as long as you add violets. I just made this. The blooms are from a Pink Summet violet. I am not up for anything very complicated yet, but simple is good too. In back is a Coleus leaf. I love Coleus.
So glad you found your frogs, very nice job on this one. Remembered my one little clear covered dish has some fragile seashells I have collected from different spots around the planet and still thinking where my other one got to?
Love it Sally! The dark coleus is such a good contrast. Nice to see you back in action!
Good to hear you found your frogs.
Candee, don't think I've tried red valarian underwater.. try it!! it all adds to our learning finding out what works well or not.!! I tried an underwater one with those red lilies I had, it looked awful, the water went brown almost immediately.
Ha, Terri! I am getting better. Had my two week post op appt. Wed. and today Hubby and I went to Barnes and Noble and out to eat for lunch. Felt great to be out of the house. Got all dressed and it was nice. I am TIRED now. Back in my chair, BUT Hubby is going to put my new violet lighted shelves together and it really takes two people.
Last time I got on the floor to help and all but this time, I will just stand and hold while he does all the floor stuff.
I don't think I have spent more money from my chair, but we spent plenty at Barnes and Noble! Hey, books are good! :)
Morning Sally, you must have been thrilled to get out to the book store for a bit, tiring as it was. Sounds like you are going to have even more violets with all those lights and shelves, you will have to post when you get a chance so we can see.
I bet an orchid underwater would be stunning, hope you are feeling good enough to make one in a few days. Right now, just take care of yourself and DON't overdo it or you will take twice as long to recover.
You have a violet that is 17" wide, just can't imagine, bet it is gorgeous. Don't be too bored, sit with one of those Barnes n Noble books you just got!
here is a picture of the wild flower i pick while we were walking back to the house after feeding the rabbit
it been raing this moring we got enought 1"
it shipping day today
it seem it alway bad on our monday that we ship
well i had 3 day off
now i will feel like going back to work
hope every one have a good day
Well, the last arrangement with the big orchid and coleus still looks PERFECT! So, yes, the coleus lasts, it may depend on the exact kind though. No way to tell, you just experiment.
Your arrangements are great! I just love glass, water and plants! I love your blond moment story, ha! I would NEVER do anything silly...:) I have done plenty of goofy things and water ends up ALL over the counter and down to the floor.
Thanks Sally, I did have water everywhere on my potting table and my shirt was soaked in the front so much I had to change again before going to the dentist. I actually had it filled to the top and then was sticking my hand up to my "elbow" in it to arrange the flowers LOL!
Ohhh that's really beautiful! Love the way you make your arrangements Sally, so calm and soothing!
Flower Aquarium eh? I'll be on the lookout for one of those! Your flower looks like Frangipani? or is it an orchid from Hubby? LOL!!
Are you feeling better?
The flower is a Plumeria and I used my ever favorite coleus.
I am feeling better. I have been making my tiny fairie gardens! I just have to be careful and not lift etc... Plenty to do with my violets, arrangement and tiny garden fun. In a few weeks I can work a bit outside!
Oh WOW! Thank you, I've never seen anything like it. I'm gonna make one tomorrow!!!!! yay, something new, I love it.
What with your underwater arrangements and the fairys, it's the facinating world of Sallysblooms. LOL!!
Sally those are fabulous fairy gardens. I started one for outside this year, but has gone by the wayside until I get more time. Glad it did as now you have given me new ideas. That one is really neat. Now for my stupid question of a blonde moment as I cannot tell, are those fairy garden globes filled with water or just look that way? How do you keep the plants so healthy?
Terri, I really like what you have done with that one. The plantstand really gives it a great bottoms up look.
Here is one I threw together for the July 4 holiday. Double hollyhock, lavender and lychnis.
Is there any art you don't do? Pottery class that is beautiful and I mean the basket in the basket in the basket. I can see the fairies visiting there and putting down roots already.
You will have to check out the fairy garden forum, I started one using harry lauder walking stick, it is a bit bizarre and needs me to finish it one of these days.
Of course I'm interested!!!!! Hope Sally is too!
Thanks for posting the link, usually the pictures don't enlarge, but this time they did!
I love your fairy garden! Such a good idea making an upstairs, with a cute little door and the sticks are perfect! It certainly looks at home in your Beautiful garden!
Hi Sally, Hope you are feeling better, glad you've been making more! The stock one is so pretty, shame the colour ran, but they would be lovely for the day as wedding table arrangements.
I've missed your underwater arrangements, so lovely!
Well, not much OUTSIDE for sure. SOO VERY HOT and humid. We had lots of rain and now the mosquito's are attacking big time!!
I have just been putting roses in my flower aquriums. Nothing very new lately.
I repotted a bunch of orchids today in my sunroom on the floor, tile floor. I paid for that. I had pain in my tummy later. I think it is fine now. I am two months post op and the doc. said as long as I don't lift heavy objects I am fine. Still, I have quit a bit of healing to do.
You do seem to have extreme weather over there. It must be uncomfortable in such heat. Does everyone have air conditioning in their houses?
You will probably be sick of hearing to take it slowly, but it's so easy to give yourself a set back after surgery.
SO, be careful! Nice you got a job done with your orchids.
Have you bought anything new from your chair? LoL!
Well, I have been doing so well. I would not have thought sitting on the floor would be bad. I am two months post op, so I really am safe. I am just not supposed to lift heavy things. Otherwise it is OK. Things still are healing though. It is hard to remember to second guess everything I do now that I feel better. WOW, I had some pain for a little while though.
Let's see, I have ordered from TWO places online. ha. AV supplies. Next week will be fun to open boxes when they arrive!
I got a box from HSN too. I always get something. Last thing I had delivered was a darling playgym for my Parrotlet. She only has SIX playgyms, at least... ha.
Hello Chipper, nice to meet you - you have a great set up there. So Sally, glad you are feeling some better and on your way to a full recuperation. How is Chippers' vocabulary, does she say a lot, bet she is great company for you these days. Stay in out of the heat and away from those skeeters, there will be plenty of days ahead for outside chores.
Oh, well learn something new every day. I have a co-worker who's parents have one and he doesn't shut up all day. Even when she talks to them on the phone from work, he is blabbing in the background LOL!
What is a tile cleaning machine? Sounds interesting.
I'll have to check out that Bissell.
I am guessing from what I have learned from you Sally that he is a boy parrot, cause he does talk a lot. He is quite old as well and has a vast vocabulary. I haven't checked out U Tube, will do that one day when I get spare time.
Yellow waterballs? I believe I saw you use them once before? I never did find them anywhere - can't wait to see what you have designed.
No he is not real, but is made of metal and is welded onto a perch and does swing in the breeze and the bell makes a faint jingle when he is getting his exercise! I do come up with some interesting stuff don't I? Guess you can tell how my mind goes to those strange ideas, but they work for us! When I am not coming up with some "wacky idea" then Steve is, what a pair.
It is a cool cage for sure, as long as the parrot is not alive. Cages sure have changed! My little parrot has a mansion, but she also gets to fly and play with her playgyms near me. Sad when birds are in small cages and do not get out.
Thanks sally, I agree, I sure wouldn't want to be cooped up. LOL, I used to have cockatiels. They loved the perch they had in the living room. I kept them clipped so they would not fly way far away. Their names were Teal and Jasmine. I took them outside one day, they loved sitting on my shoulders. I went way down back away from any place I though they might skip off to. We were enjoying the sunshine and then suddenly Jasmine took off, soared about 2 ft. off the ground and then up, up and away all the way from the back of the property to the front, across the road, out across the field and way out into the tree line and I was just sitting there stunned. Well I was about devastated, so Tasha and Steve took off over into the woods with one of the perches high on a pole and started calling for her. Steve was all bitten up with bites upon their return empty handed. A bit later Tasha went out and with the binoculars she spotted her up in a tree out in the woods. Steve went back over and I along and he had to climb (with his back out of wack) part way up the tree and we coaxed and coaxed and Jasmine finally got back on the perch and we took her home safe and sound.
I had a friend at the time who adored those birds, so I immediately called her and told her to come over and at that point realizing I was not a fit person to care for them I graciously gave the entire setup of cockatiel land to her with my blessings! That was many years ago and haven't heard there whereabouts in a while as I don't see her anymore since changing jobs 13 years ago.
You were NOT a bad person at all! This does happen and you didn't mean it. Even clipped birds can fly, be carrried by a gust of wind, fly from fear, etc. Chipper has a little play cage for outdoors. That is the only safe thing you can do.
I love parrot forums, you can really learn a lot and help others. Please do not blame yourself, you didn't mean for that to happen. This really happens to people a lot.
I am SO happy that you got her back. I am sure the birds are well.
Well, Ike WAS going to the North of the Gulf, now it doesn't look as positive for us in the southern area of TX. Spooky. We are watching carefully. I just got home from my African Violet club meeting. They were talking about it.
I am fine. I can't wait for fall so I can enjoy my outdoor gardening more. SO hot. The flowers and plants all look good, but I really can't enjoy working out there.
I just keep putting roses into my flower aquariums. I need to do something new. They stay that way for WEEKS, SO NICE!
Sally, hope you folks can dodge this one although looks like it is headed in your area of south Texas. Guess more will be know about the path tomorrow. Are you near the coast?
Fall gardening sounds splendid, fall gardening here is yanking up bulbs and winterizing a lot of things and bringing in all the tropicals, not so much fun as work, work, work.
Your aquarium roses - well if they last keep them going as they are lovely.
Hi Sally, good to hear from you. Hope you will be ok and Ike doesn't come near you.
Did you make an arrangement for the AV club?
I don't have any roses blooming!! would be nice to see yours again. I have a glass vase which has a piece of wood stuck inside it, might try something with that underwater next.
elle, looks like a lot of cute little animals, a bit hard to see in the packaging. I do see the bunny and a skunk? What are they made of? Don;t look like your posey animal arrangements but are they? Should sell quite well.
Oh sorry to hear that elle after you did so much work. But as you know times are tough right now for everyone and few are purchasing the little extras that we may have a months ago. What with fuel prices and winter coming upon us. Perhaps you can sell them a few at a time over the next few months.
Plum wonderful! My favorite color appears again in your crystal ball! Now, does hubby know you picked them??? Are all of the stems in the frog at the bottom or are they floating, if so how do you get them placed so wonderfully?
Beautiful Sally! Your underwater arrangements look really classy, so glad you made another one!
I bought my first Orchid stem today, guess what? it's plum coloured. I'm not going to stick it underwater yet though Lol
Thanks for the treat, underwater Queen !!!!
I found a frog...
Just $1.00 at the Salvation Army Store.
Now I just have to find a vase that it will fit into & I can try one of these underwater arrangements.
I have been wanting to ever since I first saw this thread.
Blossom, I am jealous of your rain! I need to make another underwater arrangement. I am so busy. I have my usual arrangements I keep with the slate and frog container. I will try to do it. I have orchids and violets to water today. BIG JOB.
HA, that's what I look like when it is 95 degrees and HUMIDITY! I took that as a test pic. before my hubby got home. It was our anniversary. I can't take pics inside where it is COOOOL because I close my eyes with the flash. It's hard being me! :)
Dalfrye, thats reallly neato! Dont forget to post your frog also to the Flower arrangers tool box! Now thats two more threads for you to show in!!
Sally, thats why I never try to take my pic or get it done! I look like my ugly shot on the drivers license! LOL! So thats why I keep doing the WILSON thing going incogneato! Happy Ann. BTW! Congrats. My hub and are going on 20 years this month ! I would send you some rain, but dog gone, the wind just dont blow that way from here, but you have our blessings from the bottom of our hearts!
Haighr, Illinois. Yep, you and are are in the same wind tunnel. Looks to be clear for a day or so... but I am sure more rain is coming.
Well. gotta get to my next project. One day I will try my hand on these.. Just too much going on and just enjoy peeking in here!
Sally - I never realised the birds were vases!
I can't make out the markings on the bottom either.
Mine have Made in ? a number 8 in a reddish ink & numbers stamped into the base.
They belonged to my Husband's Grandmother who passed away 2 years ago aged 100.
I suspect they date from the 1940's or thereabouts as much of her china & such is of that vintage.
If you have one all the way over there they must have had a fairly big production run so should be info somewhere online.
New project for me :)
Nice to meet you face to face Sally. And lovely roses in the bowl. Dalfyre you made a great one for your first time at this. Really like the grasses coming out the top. Very nice bird vases you have both got there as well.
the grasses coming out of the arrangement are cabbage tree fronds - cordyline australis.
It is one I had cut down a few years back but it is re-sprouting.
I need to cut it back & poison it.
I actually like cabbage tree but the fronds are incredibly fibrous & ruin motor mowers very quickly of you run over them.
So they are very unpopular in the suburbs...
my neighbour offered to come over & cut it down for me.
He was only half joking when he said if I hadn't brought the garden guys in to take it out he would have hopped over the fence in the middle of the night to cut it down.
I have two other cordylines in pots, they are a lovely red/bronze colour, C. australis 'Red Fountain'
they don't shed like the green ones do and are very popular in landscaping here & in Aussie.