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June 2015

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10 Summer Flower Arranging Tips

Did you know I used to be a florist?  My mother owned a flower shop when I was growing up and one Mother's Day she just said, "Here, make an arrangement," and that was the start of my love of flower arranging.  It is one of my favorite summer activities.  Here are some hints for you to become adept at arranging your garden blooms.


Courtesy of:  Better Homes & Gardens

Tip 1: Water Works

Put flowers in water as soon as you get them home. Fill buckets with tepid water, add floral preservative, and then add flowers.

Tip 2: Must Cut

Cut an inch off the stems using a sharp knife, especially if the flowers will sit a while before being arranged. The fresh cut will help the stems absorb water better.

Tip 3: Water Temp Matters

Warm water helps tightly closed flower heads, such as roses or ranunculus, to open fully. Leave them in water for a day or two before using them.

Tip 4: Use Foam

Use florist's foam to keep flowers in place and constantly hydrated so they last longer. Soak the foam for 15 minutes before cutting it to fit the container. Water the foam every couple of days.


Tip 5: Trim, Trim

Recut stems just before adding them to the arrangement. Strip off any leaves that fall below the water line.

Tip 6: Picking Flowers

Add large, heavy flowers first turning the arrangement as you work to ensure even placement on all sides. Fill in with smaller, airier blooms, and leave enough space between the stems so individual flowers have room to shine. Include flowers with various shapes and stem lengths.


Tip 7: Height Matters

Make your bouquet taller than its container by about one and a half times. Also, make the width balance the height.

Tip 8: Similar Colors

Mix in different textures for a monochromatic arrangement that's interesting to look at.

Tip 9: Fill-In

Save larger leaves and stems with leaves on them to fill in around the flowers. Drape some of the greenery over the container's rim.

Tip 10: Proper Placement

Keep flowers away from sunlight and heating vents. Recut stems and add water often.

Marta's Meadow

by Lori Scott Landscape Design
Lori Scott is my favorite landscape designer.  Her project, Marta's Meadow, is going to be featured on the ANLD garden tour this Saturday.

Click on the photo above to view more photos of the project.

Check out her website for more information about Lori -


The 11th Annual ANLD Designers Garden Tour is this Saturday June 20th!

Tickets are $25 each and proceeds benefit the ANLD scholarship program from aspiring landscape designers attending Clackamas Community College & Portland Community College.

Tickets are for sale at select garden centers while they last:

Al's Garden CenterCenter

16920 SW Roy Rogers Rd, Sherwood, 97140

Cornell Farm

8212 SW Barnes Rd, Portland, 97225

Garden Fever!

3433 NE 24th Ave, Portland, 97212

Gardener's Choice

14240 SW Pacific Hwy, Tigard, 97224

Portland Nursery

9000 SE Division, St.Portland, 97266
5050 SE Stark St.Portland, 97215

Or buy tickets on-line:

Schools out and summertime is in full swing!  I hope while you're out and about this summer, you'll get to enjoy some of these beautiful blooms.

If you're thinking of selling, please let us come over first and provide you with our  recommendations on how you can get top dollar!  Perkins and Perkins now have twice the resources to represent buyers! Please don’t hesitate to call us for condos and houses of all sizes!

As always, we'd love to hear from you!


With our best wishes,

Cary & Cameron
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