Every August, here in LA the grocery stores are inundated with sunflowers. I happen to adore this happy flower and usually fill my home with them as they become available. I had purchased a few bouquets last week and noticed I ended up making three distinctive sunflower arrangements and thought you ladies might be interested in seeing them. There is nothing particularly groundbreaking about these garlands, but it serves as a reminder of how you can easily arrange store bought flowers to make your home a little more glamorous.
This arrangement is created directly from a bouquet purchased at Trader Joes. All I did was separate the stems, cut them to size, and then arrange them in a tall glass vase. Easy-peasy!
It took a few days for the lilies to open, but now they smell like sweet cinnamon. I love walking past them and inhaling the intoxicating aroma. Just be careful because the orange pollen will stain your clothing or tablecloth.
This arrangement came about after I originally used the sunflowers for my back to school party. The apples they were originally placed in only kept for about a day, but the blooms have lasted over a week by floating in a shallow dish of water.
This is a striking arrangement that looks nice in the center of a table. You can also float votive candles for a romantic dinner by candlelight. Just be careful not to burn the petals.
For the last arrangement I just put a cluster of sunflowers in a turquoise Fiestaware pitcher. I have a few pieces of Fiestaware and the bright colors of the pottery never ceases to make me smile.
These blooms remind me of the fields of sunflowers we saw on our trip to Tuscany last summer.
Vases and Platters
Here are some ideas on different sizes and shapes of vases that I think would be perfect for a sunflower bouquet: