This holiday create a special memory with flowers from the grocery store
Nothing makes Easter, Passover or another special occasion more treasured than fresh flowers carefully selected and arranged.
You can create a sweet remembrance by taking a stroll through the grocery store and picking up everything from flowers to vegetables to put into a table-top display.
Gerald Langlois, the head floral designer at Central Market’s north location and a Texas Master Florist with 30 years of experience, guides us through creating a memorable piece of floral art.
Short and sweet
Pick out a series of small vases either in colored or clear glass. Fill them with sweet stems of flowers in your favorite colors. Langlois did a selection of purple flowers, each in its own blue vase — alstroemerias, purple stock, ornamental kale, carnations, blue thistle, Sumatra lilies — and threw in yellow solidago in a yellow vase for a contrast. Central Market sells the vases in a variety of colors and textures for $4 each and packages of flowers for $3.99. A selection of vases can be used in a row on a dining room table or grouped together for a wedding centerpiece.
Have fun with nonflowers
Langlois paired his purple short and sweet collection with a larger arrangement. In addition to many of the flowers used in the small vases, he added peonies and dendrobium orchids. Then he added interest with lily grass out the sides, curly willow for height and a stalk of Brussels sprouts as the center. Aluminum wire, some with more Brussels sprouts, winds freely around the base. All of the flowers sit in a hidden piece of oasis foam that has been soaked with water inside a purple vase. An arrangement like this one sells for $85-$90, but you can pick up all of the elements and do it yourself for $35-$40.
Turn flowers into something else
Just in time for Easter, Langlois turned green carnations, painted tea leaves, a stone, pearls, gems and pipe cleaners into the head of a bunny. Add a white mum in the back and you’ve got a cotton tail. The green carnations are stuck into an oasis foam ball and just need to be spritzed with water from time to time to stay alive. To make your own, it will cost about $50. Central Market charges $75-$100 depending on size and details.
Pair this centerpiece with short and sweet yellow bud vases with yellow flowers like sunflowers, solidago, alstroemerias, dahlias and daisies.
— Nicole Villalpando
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Gerald Langlois’ flower arranging tips
Start with the vase, then pick your flowers and other elements.
Soak oasis foam in water for 30 minutes to an hour.
Before placing flowers in the foam, always cut them at an angle first. You don’t have to cut them under water.
Arrange the tallest element first, such as curly willow or Brussels sprouts.
Work your way down and make sure all sides are full.
How to make flowers last
Start with clean water and add the preservative packet that comes with them.
Cut each stem at an angle each time.
Remove any leaves that would be in the water.
Change out the water every few days and recut the flowers with each water change.
Flowers should last seven to 10 days; two to three weeks for daisies and carnations.