Today, I want to introduce you to The Bloom Academy and all it’s gorgeous flowers. If you follow me on Instagram then you know I absolutely love fresh flowers. There’s nothing that makes me more happy than fresh flowers in the house and it’s one of the cheapest ways to add a little pretty to your table. I’ve always been interested in flower arranging, but never knew where to start. Most of the time when I would buy a bouquet from the store I’d come home and shove it in a vase not really knowing that it should be arranged properly. So, when I had the chance to attend a flower arranging class with The Bloom Academy, I knew I had to sign up immediately. I learned so much from the in person workshop, and walked away with an arrangement I was so proud of to call my own, but I wanted to know more.
I wanted to know where to find resources, such as the proper cutting shears, vs. using my cooking shears and making them dull. I was also curious about floral inspiration and how to keep flowers such as Hydrangeas alive past 2 days. I had so many more questions and then found out The Bloom Academy Blog offers all of this and more online! My favorite part has been learning all about the grocery store flowers and how to arrange them to look like they were professionally put together. I always find myself gathering several bouquets from different stores because I am never satisfied with the selection at the grocery store. Thanks to the workshop and blog I now know how to properly arrange a grocery store bouquet and am so happy with what I have learned. My favorite top tips are:
1. Once you get the flowers home you want to work with, lay them out on a table and arrange by type of flower. Then prep the flowers by discarding any foliage, this helps prevent rot and keeps your flowers fresher and lasting longer.
2. Next, fill your vase with water and add the flower food. You want to start with fuller flowers and finish up with smaller blooms or the more expensive accent blooms. Add the tallest flowers last.
3. Always cut your stems so they are right over the lip of the vase, with slight height variation. Turn your vase as you work to get a balanced shape on all sides. Change the water every few days and trim the bottom of your stems at least 1/4 to 1/2 to allow the flowers to get a fresh area to hydrate from.
If you are local an in-person workshop is absolutely the way to go, besides floral arraigning, you will also have amazing appetizers and a few cocktails to sip on during the workshop. The Bloom Academy also provides private parties as well so if you’re looking for a wedding shower or bachelorette party idea make sure to contact Emily. She is so fun to work with and an amazing inspiration. One of the workshops would also make an ideal gift for a special mother you might have in mind. Give The Bloom Academy a try because you won’t be disappointed.