Keeping Lilacs alive is a feat very few people have conquered. Well folks, I am one of them! I was able to keep Lilacs alive for 4 days. Now you may say "4 days, that's nothing", but when it comes to Lilacs that is an eternity! These flowers are very temperamental and they seem to give up quickly after they are cut. I have researched this a ton and basically it comes down to luck, BUT there are a few steps that may help.
1.Cut stems in the morning while the dew is still on the ground, the earlier the better!
2. Use sharp pruners to get a clean cut.
3. Put them in warm water. This opens up the stem and helps them to soak up as much water as possible!
4. Then re-cut stems under running water (this step is important).
5. Scrape the woody part of the stem off a few inches.
6. Then, finally, add 1 teaspoon of sugar to the water.
And with a little bit of luck your Lilacs MIGHT make it through to the next day.
All these florals above are your typical Spring flowers (excluding tulips, which aren't quite up-and -adam in my area yet). Most of these are easily found foraging or right in your own back yard
Here are some simple spring arrangements anyone can make, even if you don't have the design eye.
This medium size arrangement is made up of daffodils and hyacinth. All I did here was measure my daffodils so that they sat nicely right on top of the vase rim How?:Move your vase to the edge of your counter, take your daffodils, or other florals, and align them to where you want them to fall on the vase then cut the excess stems to be flush with the bottom of the vase).
Then I did the same thing with the Hyacinth, but made sure that they were taller than the daffodils so that they could poked their little heads out the top.
This small arrangement is made up of mostly Muscari (also known as grape hyacinth) and a few hyacinth. I put them in a little hob knob vase and cut them at slightly varying heights to give a little more dimension.
And lastly, this large arrangement. All this one has are long Forsythia branches cut in varying heights and put in a cute pitcher I got from Jo-Ann's. The only thing you need to know about this one is that you want to make sure you remove any flowers/leaves that may fall below the water line.
Have fun this Spring making flower arrangements for your home and maybe even a friend. Also if you don't have any of these florals in your backyard, head to your local nursery and get some bulbs! Plant them this fall and next spring you will have a garden!
(ps: tulips, muscari, hyacinth and daffodils all multiply each year!!!)
This past week I spent a wonderful week in Orange Beach, AL. It was a week full of relaxation and sunshine, and of course it wouldn't be trip for The Sodus Blossom if there weren't flowers involved!
I meet up with a good friend and photographer there and we did a little shoot together, check her out on INSTAGRAM and to see more from the shoot check out Emma's website HERE!
What a whirlwind of crazy things that have happened in the past year! Each day I have to pinch myself that The Sodus Blossom is now more than a dream, but a reality that I am living each day!
Here are some of the things that have me like "OMG!"...
1. Being featured FOUR times in WeddingDay Magazine. First, on their blog (below), then they featured a wedding (which I did in my FIRST year) HERE. THEN the magazine asked my opinion on 2016 floral trends in their printed editorial and lastly, our amazing styled shoot was featured a few weeks ago on their online edition HERE! Amazing!
2. The Style shoot of my dreams! If I could work everyday with GIVING TREE PHOTOGRAPHY & LAUREN ELIZABETH EVENTS I would! We rocked this styled shoot and it made the next amazing things happen....
3. Being featured on Hayley Paige's (The Dress Designer) Instagram and THEN having her comment on the photo! We are talking about a Goddess in the Wedding World. Also this photo has gone completely viral! Reposted all over so many times it's insane!
4. The style shoot was also featured on one of the biggest wedding blogs out there, Ruffled! This should be #1 but I am trying to keep things in order or occurrence. This is so unreal and exciting, still I have no words.
5. And last, but oh so not least. In 2016 I doubled the amount of weddings from last year! #Growth!
I got the privelesge of working with so many brides and wonderful families and friends, I am beyond grateful! Here's to 2017 and many more beautiful weddings and brides!
I'm Kelsey Lee, a 24 year old Michigander, business owner, and lover of all things floral. The Sodus Blossom is my floral design co. that I have started from the ground up. Please feel free to leave a comment & follow along as The Sodus Blossom blooms and grows into something wonderful!